The Canyons will once again have its Summer Concert Series, presented by Zions Bank and produced by Mountain Town Music. Each Saturday, beginning July 17th and ending August 28th, The Canyons will have FREE live music from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. The Cabriolet and Frostwood lifts will be open Saturdays at 4:00pm.
Please, no blankets or chairs in the Resort Village until 4:00pm.
And due to the popularity of these concerts, we would appreciate carpooling, taking public transportation or riding your bicycle to the show!
July 17th - Big Light
San Francisco-based rock band Big Light first emerged in 2007 as a vehicle for aspiring singer/songwriter/guitarist Fred Torphy to get his songs into the world. The band would spend the next three years honing their sound and performing around the West Coast relentlessly. Now hailed as one of the fiercest young rock bands on the Bay Area scene with a growing national buzz, Big Light released its debut full length album, Animals In Bloom, on March 2.
As the story goes, Torphy was inspired by his generation’s current wave of great American rock groups like My Morning Jacket, The Slip, Dr. Dog and Wilco. Joining forces with drummer Bradly Bifulco, they set out to form a band that would follow in those footsteps. “We love to experiment and keep things as weird and interesting as possible, but it all needs to come back to serve the song,” says Torphy.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation has long since established their presence on the forefront of the New Orleans music scene. Trombone powerhouse and band leader “Big Sam” Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, has been celebrated as “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz” by the San Francisco Chronicle and the band has been touted for consistently “bringing a straight raw party” by Jambase. 2010 has already been a busy year for The Nation, beginning with an East Coast tour, ten days touring Greece, a recurring role in the new HBO original series “Treme”, and various appearances during South By Southwest. BSFN shows no signs of slowing down; on the horizon is a busy touring schedule including festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Doheney Blues Festival and Gathering of the Vibes, just to brush the surface. The momentum BSFN has already accumulated will only continue to grow with the release of their fourth and most prolific album to date, King Of The Party. Be on the lookout for BSFN's masterful blend of a rock, with an improv-style associated with jazz and a horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of funk. The energy level is always high voltage when BSFN takes the stage.
It is a special time for Langhorne Slim as he is so proud to announce and present Be Set Free, his mighty third album being released by Kemado Records. One of the most endearing and standout qualities of Slim’s live shows is the sureness that one is always entering a genuine gospel-like musical experience full of little miracles. Be Set Free has captured this charisma and spirit -the “hold your heart” moments and “raise a drink” dance vibes shine throughout with lush string arrangements and the fine sonic talents of drummer Malachi DeLorenzo, new bassist Jeff Ratner and new keyboard/banjo player David Moore. Langhorne’s stronger than ever vocals lead the journey blending his poetry through the beautiful chaos and bearing a wisdom that reflects a broken heart battling the perils of true hope.
August 7th - Cracker
Cracker is an American alternative rock band featuring singer David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman. They are best known for their platinum-selling 1993 album, Kerosene Hat, featuring the hit songs "Low", "Euro-Trash Girl", and "Get Off This".
The group that veritably introduced brash irreverence and irony into alt-rock, is back and in top form on their 429 Records debut, "Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey." This rich new trove of sharp-witted songs showcases a bristling, late 70’s – early 80’s power pop punk aesthetic which hits as hard as it did at the band’s formation 17 years ago. Eight albums (one platinum and three gold) and a barrel full of anthemic hit songs later, Cracker endures, using their ability to weave decades of influences into an album that is seamlessly riveting.
August 14th - Railroad Earth
Railroad Earth is a roots and Americana-based jamband from Stillwater, New Jersey. Their name stems from the Jack Kerouac short story "October in the Railroad Earth," and the band has a song by the same name. Railroad Earth's music combines elements of bluegrass, rock and roll, jazz, celtic and more, and the group is known for its extensive live improvisation and lyrical songwriting within an acoustic base.
Dangermuffin is a power trio, providing a much needed fresh perspective on american roots music. This is not your uncle’s back porch blues band, folks... these guys slice and dice their chops in a way that always keeps the dancefloor dangerous. What sets Dangermuffin ahead is the refreshingly magnetic songwriting of Dan Lotti, coupled with strong, articulate vocals that frame each song. The guy can flatout sing. This “americana music” has found itself a new level of groove, anchored by the creative beats of Steven Sandifer (Drew Emmitt Band, The Biscuit Boys) and embellished by the fluid guitar work of Mike Sivilli. The product is a punchy, folk-jam pastry for the sweet-toothed soul of the South.
During the fall of 2007 Dangermuffin released their first album “Beermuda” with a warm welcome from fans, radio stations, and television shows alike. Chock full of feel-good, snappy tunes, it leaves you with a lingering finish that begs repeating. The album garnered enough attention to facilitate a regional presence in festivals, clubs, and ipods up and down the east coast, culminated by a Fall 2008 tour of Colorado which featured a slot at the revered Jazz Aspen festival opening for Widespread Panic and Xavier Rudd.
On Age Of Miracles (AOM), Chuck Prophet spins the dial yet again, emerging with 11 self-penned or co-written slabs of rock n’ roll wonder that allow soul, rock, pop, funk, blues and hip-hop to intermingle, remarkably, without shedding their distinct bite or identity. But Chuck doesn’t function merely as a puree-ing blender; he’s more like the slightly perverse guy who invites ALL kinds of people to the same party - in part because he really likes them all, but also to see what’ll happen when they hang together. And, sparks do fly...speaking of flying, Chuck’s already storied career took a erious up-turn with his last album, 2002’s widely revered No Other Love. That album sported the Top 5 radio hit “Summertime Thing.” When Lucinda Williams heard the album, she completely flipped and offered Chuck the opening slot for her summer tour. Watching her night after night had a profound impact on the man, “It was like goin’ to school every night. Or Church. Or both!”