Tighten your G-strings and pick away
While it doesn’t have celebrity status of MTV’s Unplugged, the first Acoustic All-Stars show, hosted by the Star Bar, takes place this weekend.
Starting on Saturday, just as the Park City Jazz Festival wraps up, the show kicks off at 7 p.m. with Park City-based Muhaw There’s no additional cover charge other than the usual private club membership.
Melody Pulsipher co-founded the event with fellow musician, and boyfriend, Tyler Forsberg.
Salt Lake City has a well-established rock-band scene, she says, but acoustic bands have a harder time drawing the same sized crowds. It’s not that people don’t enjoy acoustic music, but it’s like comparing Simon and Garfunkel to Motörhead. They both rock in their own right, but in significantly different ways.
Danny Hill, Star Bar manager, says acoustic artists get gigs, but they’re usually scheduled midweek or get bumped. Pulsipher and Forsberg previously played a gig at Star Bar and approached Hill about hosting the acoustic show.
"It’s a calm, chill place to be," she says.
Pulsipher hopes putting on a bigger show like this will help acoustic bands get more exposure. More than a dozen Utah-based acts are scheduled to play between the two shows on Saturday and Sunday, including James Shook, Thalia Condo and Matthew Hoffman. The only out-of-state act is Rachel McGoye; she’s from Los Angeles. McGoye is currently touring nationally and was invited to swing by and join the show.
Pulsipher says she isn’t sure what to expect, but if all goes well, this show won’t be the last.
For a full list of artists and music samples, check out myspace.com/pcacoustic
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