From soul to rock and roll, Park City Performing Arts Foundation is proud to present a sixth season of outdoor concerts at Deer Valley Resort. The 2009 St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Summer Concert series includes five nights of sizzling music. This summer’s line-up ranges from Grammy Award-winning icons to hot, new talent: Blood, Sweat & Tears (July 3), Simone with Ryan Shaw (Aug. 2), Madeleine Peyroux & Lucy Wainwright Roche (Aug. 16), Chuck Berry with Special Guest TBA (Aug. 29) and Robert Earl Keen, Jill Sobule & John Doe (Sept. 7).
All five concerts, presented by Park City Performing Arts Foundation, will fill Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Apr. 15 (presale for PCPAF sponsors and members began Apr. 1). Tickets are available through the Park City Performing Arts Foundation and Deer Valley Signatures or Etc. stores (lawn seating only - please call 435-649-1000 for store hours).
Kicking off Independence Day weekend, Blood, Sweat & Tears brings unwavering soul to the stage. “One of the greatest groups the 1960s ever produced,” according to All Music Guide, BS&T celebrates 40 years of Grammy-winning tunes and attitude. Part blues, part jazz, part rock with a brassy kick from a full-throttle horn section, the band of “Spinning Wheel” fame promises to get the series off to a grooving start on Friday, July 3.
Retro-soul singer Ryan Shaw (who opened for Joss Stone two years ago at Deer Valley Resort) returns to the stage with the enchanting genre-transcending, singer-songwriter Simone on Sunday, Aug. 2. This powerful double-billing is an evening of youthful, yet firmly rooted talent. The Grammy-nominated Shaw and his fresh take on R&B promise to once again dazzle audiences and critics alike. According to People Magazine, “Ryan Shaw possesses a voice and style that belong to another era, when R&B was about real singers, real instruments and real songs.” And the San Francisco Chronicle touts his “perfect balance between raw passion and melisma-rich vocal prowess.”
Simone, daughter of the great Nina Simone, has made her mark on Broadway with starring roles in “Rent” and “Aida.” In her singer-songwriter guise, she manages to span a wide range of genres: pop, soul, jazz, rock and funk. As All About Jazz raves, “Blessed with a rich vocal range, an innate skill for lyrical interpretation and a soul-deep understanding of music as a means of healing, empowerment and celebration, Simone is very much her mother's daughter, but she is most assuredly a multi-talented artist in her own right.”
Another daughter of music royalty, Lucy Wainwright Roche, takes the stage two weeks later. Roche and French-American chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux perform back-to-back sets on Sunday, Aug. 16. With a voice NPRdescribes as “sincere and raw, at times, recalling Joni Mitchell and Patti Griffin,” Roche is forging her own singer-songwriter path with an endearing simplicity. Her “clear as a bell” (The New York Times) vocals and acoustic guitar provide perfect-for-the mountain setting, refreshingly pure folk music.
Peyroux has released four albums featuring a blend of jazz, roots music and blues. She’s toured with Lilith Fair and shared a bill with Nina Simone. Until her most recent album, “Bare Bones” (released this month), her Billie Holiday-esque sound blossomed with a repertoire primarily consisting of standards. Recently, Peyroux has come into her own as a songwriter whose melancholy lilt is brightened with some lightheartedness. “There’s no denying that her vocal inflections and delicate sound can seem to channel Billie Holiday,” writes Nashville Scene, “but even on Peyroux’s1996 debut “Dreamland” her unorthodox treatment of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” with loping oom-pah harpsichord and ethereally wandering slide guitar might have tipped us off that this was not another American Songbook diva.”
The “Father of Rock and Roll,” Chuck Berry brings classic rock to the stage on Aug. 29. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Berry isn’t one for resting on laurels. He’s a legend – and not just for that duck-walking signature move. Credited for bridging racial divides with music, Berry’s hits “Maybellene,” Johnny B. Goode” and “Memphis” still bring audiences of all backgrounds and ages together.
The summer season comes to a close with an evening of singer-songwriters. Headlining the Monday, Sept. 7 show is country-alternative, fan-favorite Robert Earl Keen. Keen’s humorous songwriting lends itself to both rollicking fun and storytelling tunes. The Texas-bred musician has penned hits that have made their way onto Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith albums. Lending his own voice to “The Road Goes on Forever” and “Farm Fresh Onions” has earned him die-hard followers.
Sharing the singer-songwriter bill with Keen are Jill Sobule and John Doe. Founding member of the Los Angeles punk band X, John Doe launched his solo career, departing from punk in the ’90s. His rootsy, country-rock direction led to several acclaimed albums, including “Meet John Doe,” “Dim Stars, Bright Sky” and “Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet.” A bass player, actor and poet, John Doe’s most recent endeavor is a new album with Canadian indie group, The Sadies. With a decidedly contrasting style to the gentlemen singer-songwriters, Sobule launched to the top of the charts in the ’90s with the hit “I Kissed a Girl” (which was followed by another tongue-and-cheek tune, “Supermodel”). The New York Times describes her music as “topical, funny and more than a little poignant.”
The St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Series, presented by Park City Performing Arts Foundation, runs from July through August at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Tickets are $31 for general admission lawn seating and $56 for reserved seating (discounts are available for seniors and children 12 and under). Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Apr. 15 at the Box Office at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City) and Deer Valley Signatures or Etc. stores (located on Main Street and at Deer Valley Resort – please call for store hours – 435-649-1000). Presale for PCPAF sponsors and members began Apr. 1. For more information on becoming a member or sponsor of PCPAF, please call 435-655-3114 (box office), or 435-655-8252 (administrative offices).
Tickets available for sale online at www.ParkCityTickets.com beginning Friday, April 17.
Gates open 90-minutes before show time. Coolers are permitted a nine-inch chair height restriction (i.e. you shouldn’t be able to roll a basketball under the seat) is enforced. Cameras or recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited. Concerts will be held rain or shine unless inclement weather threatens public safety (tickets are non-refundable). Please call 435-655-3114 or visit www.ParkCityTickets.com for tickets and information.
July 3, 2009
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Aug. 2, 2009
Simone with Ryan Shaw
Aug. 16, 2009
Madeleine Peyroux & Lucy Wainwright Roche
August 29, 2009
September 7, 2009
Robert Earl Keen, Jill Sobule & John Doe
Park City Performing Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to bringing world-class performances to the community. PCPAF is currently presenting its twelfth season of eclectic, nationally and internationally renowned performers at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (a joint-use facility with the Park City School District). The organization will embark on its sixth season of large-scale concerts at Deer Valley Resort this summer. In addition to main stage shows and the “Big Stars, Bright Nights” series, PCPAF is dedicated to introducing young people to the arts through free student outreach workshops, shows and demonstrations.