The sound of music |

The sound of music

Tracie Fails, Record contributing writer

This year, Park City’s summer soundtrack spans country to rock to R&B, setting the scene for outdoor concerts, street festivals, restaurant stages and even intimate home gatherings. Here are some tips for finding the right spot for your mood and budget:

Park City Performing Arts "Big Stars, Bright Nights" series:

Gates open 90 minutes before the show starts. Seats with a 9-inch back or smaller are allowed, as are blankets, picnic baskets and coolers. Cameras, recording devices and pets are prohibited. Concerts are held rain or shine, unless weather threatens the safety of listeners. Tickets are nonrefundable.

The lineup:
July 12: Mark Cohn with Aimee Mann (Lawn: $31; Reserved: $56)
July 17: Feist (Lawn: $31; Reserved: $56)
July 28: Lucinda Williams: (Lawn: $31; Reserved: $56)
Aug. 17: Golden Dragon Acrobats (Lawn: $23; Reserved: $43)
Aug. 19: Boz Scaggs (Lawn: $46; Reserved: Sold Out)
Aug. 26: Gipsy Kings (Lawn: $46; Reserved: $76)
Aug. 30: Dwight Yoakam (Lawn: 46; Reserved: Sold Out)

Mountain Town Stages Series at Deer Valley:

The free town concerts run every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Picnics and dancing are welcome, although pets not allowed.

The lineup:
June 25: Motherlode Canyon Band
July 2: The Joy and Eric Band
July 9: Ryan Hiller
July 16: The Pat Carnahan Band
July 23: Fat Soul
July 30: Junior & Transportation
Aug. 13: Wisebird
Aug. 20: John Boy’s Mule
Aug. 27: Muddpuddle

Locals’ tips for concerts at Deer Valley:

  • Get a spot early, especially for "Big Stars, Bright Nights" concerts. Optimal grass space and prime parking are limited and require an early arrival. Often, a line forms several hours before the gates open. Some locals entice a designated "wait person" with first dibs on drinks and a free ride home to save the rest of the party the hassle of standing around in line. But if you don’t mind a cozy spot in the "nosebleed" section of the hill, spots are always available, and the sound carries well to the top.
  • Prepare for cold. Temperatures can drop into the 40s when the sun goes down, making blankets and jackets a necessity. Socks or closed-toed shoes are also advised.
  • And rain. Park City’s fickle weather could bring on rain, or even sleet, at a moment’s notice. An umbrella and some garbage bags can make sudden downpours more bearable.
  • Pack a picnic. Deer Valley offers gourmet picnic baskets for easy concert food, but no matter how you get it, an outdoor music fest is never complete without accompanying wine, cheese and bite-sized sandwiches.
  • Ditch the car: Parking can be a hassle, and the bus service is free. This simple, environmentally friendly solution also allows a little leeway for extra wine without the threat of a DUI.

    The Forum at The Canyons

    More free concerts sponsored by Mountain Town Stages. Warm weather gear advised. Picnics and coolers allowed.

    The lineup:
    July 3: Disco Drippers (disco, funk) 7 p.m.
    July 19: Intervision (soul, R&B, pop) 6 p.m.
    July 26: Joseph Israel (reggae, gospel) 6 p.m.
    Aug. 2: The Romantics (rock, pop) 6 p.m.
    Aug. 9: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. (jazz) 6 p.m.
    Aug. 16: South Austin Jug Band (indie, rock) 6 p.m.
    Aug. 23: Jason Isbel & The 400 Unit (rock) 6 p.m.

    Miner’s Park Plaza Series

    Concerts at the Miner’s Park Plaza on Main Street are free to the public and feature artists across the West in Latin, rock and jazz. Seating is limited, so bring good walking shoes and a pair of sunglasses for browsing Main Street shops. Concerts are held every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with a special lineup during the arts festival. Visit for more information.

    The lineup:
    June 21: Anke Summerhill , 1 p.m.
    June 22: Trace Wiren, 1:30 p.m.; Xillow, 3:30 p.m.
    June 28: Somer Lei, 1:30 p.m.
    June 29: Tony Oros, 3:30 p.m.
    July 5: Damien Roomets, 1:30 p.m.
    July 6: Mary Beth Maziarz (with Wild Honey), 3:30 p.m.
    July 12: Rich Wyman, 3:30 p.m.
    July 13: The Shook Twins, 3:30 p.m.
    July 19: Tim Wray, 3:30 p.m.
    July 20: Eaglehawk, 1:30 p.m.
    July 26: Renneessence, 3:30 p.m.
    July 27: John Boy’s Mule, 1:30 p.m.; Woody Pines, 3:30 p.m.
    Aug. 9: Red Rock Hot Club, 1:30 p.m.; Melissa Warner Band, 3:30 p.m.
    Aug. 10: George the Hack, 1:30 p.m.
    Aug. 16: Teresa Storch, 1:30 p.m.; r. Dub, 3:30 p.m.
    Aug. 17: Small House Strings, 1:30 p.m.; The Bueno Avenue String Band, 3:30 p.m.
    Aug. 23: Katie McLeod, 1:30 p.m.
    Aug. 24: Andy Monaco, 1:30 p.m., Mark Granger, 3:30 p.m.

    La Casita Restaurante Free concerts in the Summit Watch Plaza on lower Main. Coolers not allowed. All shows begin at 6 p.m.

    The lineup:
    Tuesday, July 08: Kort Mccumber
    Saturday, July 12: Brandie Frampton
    Tuesday, July 15: B. D. Howes Band
    Saturday, July 19: Lake Effect
    Tuesday, July 22: Elephant Revival
    Saturday, July 26: Gross National Product
    Tuesday, July 29: Blue Wailers
    Tuesday, Aug. 5: John Flanders & Double Helix
    Saturday, Aug. 9: Latin Jazz Factory
    Tuesday, Aug. 12: Red Desert Ramblers
    Saturday, Aug. 16: Stacey Board
    Tuesday, Aug. 19: The Detonators
    Tuesday, Aug. 26: Lake Effect
    Tuesday, Aug. 26: Spring Creek

    Home Concert Series

    The popularity of house concerts has skyrocketed across the country in an underground movement that has drawn big names to the living rooms of ordinary folk. Park City’s house concert scene has featured international folk star Erika Luckett and looping genius Arthur Lee Land, with an eclectic and impressive lineup in store for the summer.

    Anyone with space to seat about 30 listeners is encouraged to contact Mountain Town Stages to host. Visit or e-mail for more information, as well as current house concert locations and volunteer information. Concerts run from about 6 to 10 p.m. and usually include a potluck dinner before the show. A $20 donation and potluck contribution are suggested.

    The lineup:
    June 27: Spook Handy
    July 15: Elephant Revival
    July 18: Small House Potatoes
    Sept. 27: Po’ Girl

    More live music:

    Park City nightclubs feature live music most nights of the week for partiers ages 21 and over. Membership fees or covers may apply. See for a partial list or visit individual club Web sites:

    Bistro 412:
    Celsius Lounge:
    Harry O’s:
    The Playground:
    The Spur:
    The Sidecar:
    The Star Bar:

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