2016 Music Information Coming Soon.
Mountain Town Music books all of the musicians for the 2016 Park City Kimball Arts Festival. Please contact Mountain Town Music if you are interested in performing.
Friday, July 31st
Os Corvos (Portuguese translation of “the crows”) is an acoustic group that performs Bossa Nova, Samba, Forro, Latin Jazz, and Brazilian MPB. Jay Kirsch and Jerry Parsons met at a flamenco workshop in 2006 and combined their diverse talents to create Os Corvos in 2009. In 2012 they focused the music to be solely Brazilian, and added vocalist Solange Gomes and percussion to add energy to the sound of the group. In 2014 reedman Ashton Snelgrove added more tone to the mix, followed by Ai Fujii Nelson and Rob Vorwald to strengthen the rhythm.
Swagger has been honing their original brand of Celtic music at festivals and concerts across the United States. Well known for their high-energy stage performances & catchy original songs. Their music is the expected Irish celebration of drink, mischief, and music, but also dares to explore oppression and take an emigrant’s perspective on the virtues and vices of the Irish American culture.
Swagger has released 3 studio albums (Trouble on the Green—2008, The Grave—2010, & America Land—2013). The band spends most of the summer months traveling from festival to festival working hard to bring their music to the masses.
The band’s lineup is as varied in their influences as they are in their origins. Calling on their backgrounds in rock, ska, funk, jazz, classical, blues, country, and pop (just to name a few). The band is constantly writing new material & changing up their offerings from festival to festival. Their musicianship & live performances give their audience a completely entertaining show to remember.
Saturday, August 1st
Mountain Town Music is sponsoring the Complete Musician Program at Granger School of Music. Utah teenagers auditioned for this 3 month performance and songwriting course, giving local youth the opportunity to work as professional musicians. Participants are guided through rehearsals, songwriting education, and performance preparation, and then get to perform at this year’s Kimball Arts Festival on the Main Stage.
A refreshingly groovy blend of Hammond Organ based jazz, funk and boogaloo!
This trio brings gravel road vocals, quick-picked strings, and a rhythm section with stomping ground sound. While they’ve got a banjo, you can’t call it bluegrass- just expect some dirt stomping soul. Three-part harmonies backed by drums, bass, guitar, and banjo grow big rhythm into heartfelt, original music.
Brothers Adam and Austin Morford formed Tallgrass with longtime friend Matt Skinner during May of 2011. Their debut album, God, Sin, Whiskey, and Women, was released in the summer of 2012. Since then they’ve recorded their sophomore album, Better Than Medicine, and are working on a third album, which should be done before the end of the year. Tallgrass has shared the stage with President Barack Obama, Melissa Etheridge, Sublime with Rome, The White Buffalo, The Ben Miller Band, Head for the Hills, and Whitewater Ramble, among many others.
“May all the wrong notes be right…” -Tallgrass
ENDORSED BY SHAKER HARMONICA MICS! www.shakermicrophones.net and WINNER OF 2012 GORILLA MUSIC BATTLE OF THE BANDS–Tony Holiday and The Velvetones are full of blues goodness with a bit of a southern rock flare. They’re definitely impressive; Tony and his band will leave the crowd wanting more after each show. The skill of each musician is incredible. The music is enticing, energetic, and it’s damn near impossible to listen to and keep a desire to stay in your seat. Tony Holiday is a rising figure in the national harmonica scene, receiving props from such harmonica legends as Lazy Lester, Adam Gussow, Walking Cane Mark, and Ronnie Shellist. His reputation in the blues community has landed him an endorsement from Shaker Harmonica Mics, which he promotes all over the country.
Though harmonica is his strong point, Tony also plays guitar with a southern blues style that compliments his harp wonderfully. He switches seamlessly from harmonica to guitar and back, often in the same song. Dave “Rico” Iden is the driving force on drums that propels The Velvetones night after night. After countless stops on the road, Dave knows what it takes to provide the backbone of a great rhythm section, and how to produce the beat that will get everyone out on the dance floor. His energy is what really makes Tony Holiday and The Velvetones such an exciting experience. Adam “The Kid” Fifield does the job of two people in The Velvetones, playing bass and keys at the same time. His left hand lays down the thumping bass lines that get your feet tapping. He breaks out in screaming organ solos with his right hand, keeping the bass going the whole time. Together with Dave “Rico” Iden, Adam completes the rhythm section that is the perfect foundation for Tony Holiday’s guitar and harmonica.
”Holiday is highly regarded in the music community; he has been playing music circuits, but on any given night you can find him playing in bars, sitting in or watching local artists.”
–Salt Lake City Weekly–
They love their local SLC music scene, and at home and on the road they have shared the stage with Legendary Shorty Gilbert,Guitar Shorty,Tinsley Ellis, Charlie Daniels Band, Eric Mcfadden, Jerry Joseph, Timmi Cruz, Soulive’s Alan Evans, The Band of Heathens, Floater, Marinade,Rev. Payton’s Big Damn Band, Stonefed, and so many more.
Changing Lanes Experience is made up of Utah’s finest musicians. Most of these guys have been playing together for 10 years or better. The chemistry is undeniable and the musical intellect is unchallenged. The performance rating of Changing Lanes Experience is second to none!
Whether you’re booking a wedding, festival, corporate event or a private party, CLE is sure to fill the dance-floor! A dynamic and high-impact band, specializing in just about everything from R&B, EDM, Motown, Pop, Rock, Disco, Funk, Hip-Hop, Top-40 and all of your favorite music from the 60’s to present-day.
Changing Lanes Experience is the MOST fantastic party band in America, and is always a very special addition to any memorable event! You shouldn’t do an event without them.
Sunday, August 2nd
The Soulifters Are an Uplifting Spiritual Musical Group that will lift you up in Song and Dance while Praising the Lord. The members of this group are combined from different local church organizations around the Salt Lake Valley, all with a same mission and that is, to Spread the Gospel.
Telling stories of murder, mayhem, and marmalade, Hectic Hobo’s musky gospel of backwoods mash burns like whiskey, good for the soul. Old fashioned instrumentation and new fashioned flavor brew this Wild West Gypsy Rock band from Salt Lake City into a thunderstorm you’ll want to be part of.
The Chickens are Salt Lake City’s premiere all-instrumental groove factory. A no-frills combination of improvisational creativity and rhythmic bad-assitude, they have quickly developed into one of the most dynamic groups on the SLC music scene. The band is comprised of seven of Utah’s most prolific musicians, with musical backgrounds ranging from to Jazz and Country, to Reggae, Ska and Rock.
88 keys on the piano, 4 top pros from the LA music scene, on 1 stage having a rocking good time! That’s The Kings of 88. Presenting a fun-filled tribute to the legends of piano-rock including Elton John (“Take Me To The Pilot,” “Honky Cat”), Billy Joel (“My Life,” “Big Shot”), Billy Preston (“Nothing From Nothing”), Little Richard (“Keep a Knockin’”), Leon Russell (“Tightrope”), Stevie Wonder (“Living’ For The City”), Bruce Hornsby (“The Way It Is”), Coldplay (“Clocks”), Jerry Lee Lewis (“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”), and more.
Made up of an all-star cast of Los Angeles musicians, “The Kings” have carefully crafted a powerful set of music paying homage to piano-rock’s most iconic artists. These longtime friends – each with their own impressive list of credits – have come together to present a collection of songs close to their hearts performed with a sincerity and conviction that will uplift and entertain any audience. Unlike other tribute acts, “The Kings” are not performing material from any specific artist, but rather presenting the iconic classics of the great piano-rock genre that have left an indelible mark on pop music history, as well as select tracks from contemporary artists who are carrying the piano-rock torch into the new millennium.
Sin City Soul is a band of professional musicians motivated by fun, funky music. Mainly driven by the R&B sounds of New Orleans but we also include other genres. The main criteria is total groovaciousness for us and the audience. Some tunes you’ll know and some you may not know but you should. Available for all occasions big and small, private and public.
Brew Pub Stage
Friday, July 31st
Multi-instrumental musician who creates an endless pallet of musical possibilities in Rock, Blues, Reggae, Country, Pop, Backwoods, Folk and FUN! Sharing talents of Mandolin, Guitar, Sax, Keys, Banjo, Flute & Great vocals with an element of FUN painting outside the lines making it an experience of musical bliss. A seasoned musician brings a background in a variety of influences infusing the music with a genuineness of the style and a freshness to the presentation.
Rumba Libre Band was formed in 2008 by Carlos Coco Garcia and friends who have been playing their hearts out for over 15 years with the best Salsa, Jazz and Soul bands in Salt Lake City. I put together an all-star band, combining the best players in town, with an exciting and unique style that delivers the best Salsa and Latin Jazz music in the Salt Lake City, Idaho and Wyoming region. We are very versatile and can combine many styles of music to fit your event from a full Salsa band to a Jazz quartet.
Saturday, August 1st
Melanie Devaney is an Americana/Folk Rock Singer Songwriter currently living in California. Her lyrics are heavily influenced by images of nature, human and otherwise, while her melodies and chord structures are reminiscent of great female singer-songwriters like Carole King and Joni Mitchell.
From Heber City to Albuquerque, and from Germany to Italy to New York City, In Cahoots has entertained audiences with their brand of cowboy music and humor for more years than they care to remember!
Pickin’ and grinnin’ their way through an acoustic dose of cowboy standards like Ghost Riders in the Sky and Cool Water, mixed with a healthy helping of their own originals like Trail Dust and Riders Wanted, In Cahoots (Lannie ‘The Marshal’ Scopes and Craig ‘Creek’ Johnson) will give you some of the best cowboy entertainment you’ve ever stomped yer foot to. In their workaday life they provide cowboy-based corporate education and team building through their company Hired Guns LLC.
Sean Regan, A Motown Musician, has been performing for over 30 years. Original Drummer of FAT PAW. Grad. of Musicians Institute, Hollywood CA. Sean started at a young age on classical guitar, piano, drums and Bass guitar. Discovering a passion for percussion, Sean spent years navigating the Detroit music circuit, before moving to the Beehive State. Soon after, meeting Tim Wray, Sean, Brian Gines, and Tim, took to the western regional music circuit, becoming one of Utahs favorite, and most successful Bands. Fat Paw, a SXSW Winner, toured for over 8 years. Sean also plays many other instruments including, Violin, Mandolin, Stand up Bass, Tenor guitar. Original Song Writer, Singer, Solo Artist, Sean is influenced by a multitude of performers, recording artist, styles and generations.
Delivering an exciting and dynamic blend of acoustic traditional Irish Music, Red Branch has been playing together for over 10 years in the Wasatch mountains of Utah. Brothers Joe and Paddy Welsh come from a long and proud background of Irish music and heritage in Utah. Joe effortlessly excels on tin whistle, flute, and bodhran. Paddy fervently bounces around from bodhran, low whistle, tin whistle, vocals, and bones. Tiffany Draper is well known in traditional circles, and is truly virtuosic on the fiddle, Hardanger fiddle, and flute. Named after an ancient Irish band of warrior poets, we are dedicated to the preservation and presentation of an ancient traditional Irish music heritage that spans back thousands of years.
Sunday, August 2nd
A Jazz and Classical based pianist, Mike has played 1000s of shows with hundreds of amazing talents. After Leaving Boston and touring around Europe, Mike joined up with Park City Utah based band “Sauteed’ Mushrooms” with members Josh Bonas, Billy Horenberg, Matt Gordon, and Matt Horyna. As a solo performer “Mr. Rogers” has performed at Dueling Piano Shows all over the country, including the Tavernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah for three years, as well as played weddings and events all over the country. Mike also plays with Mudd Puddle, the five member Jam based rock band from Park City, Utah made up of Mike (Keys & vocals), Marty Klein (Guitar & Vocals), Cole Hobbs (Guitar & Vocals), Phil Dean (Bass & Vocals), Matt Gordon (Drums and Percussion).
The Better Halves are an Austin-based husband-wife duo who specialize in making listeners smile. With roots in country, bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classical music, their funny, touching duets use clever lyrics and real boy-girl banter (reminiscent of June Carter and Johnny Cash) to uplift and entertain audiences, who respond with laughter and knowing nods. Their rousing instrumentals, with influences from Chet Atkins to Bach, include a piece they play 4 hands on 1 guitar, which always brings down a shower of applause.
We are an experimental, psycho-acoustic, hip hop duo from Ogden, UT consisting of Jonali on vocals & guitar and McFish on trombone & beatbox.
“Need a shot of positivity in your life? Ogden’s own BARBALOOT SUITZ, with their irrepressibly sunny outlook and thoughtfully challenging message, just might be what you’re looking for. A duo with dual styles, the Suitz are known for swapping their guitar and trombone for fresh, inspired hip-hop flows and live vocal beat-boxing. Priding themselves on their one-hundred-percent organic music, BARBALOOT SUITZ create diverse and original compositions using only their own two voices and unaffected acoustic instruments.” -SLUG Magazine
Brian (and his wife Katie) have been full time touring artists for almost a decade. They tour around the USA in a full size school bus that runs on waste veggie oil and solar panels. When they’re not touring here they are overseas. Brian and Katie have successfully toured in Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia. Brian and Katie started at 501(c)3 non-profit organization called Journey4YOUth, which works in Kenya, Africa. Together they use their music as an opportunity to advocate activism on an individual level and inspire others to do their part to make this world a better place.
Miner’s Park Stage
Friday, July 31st
Elizabeth Hareza (pronounced Harza) is a dynamic performer from Pittsburgh, PA. After battling stage fright for several years, she put an add on Craigslist and found herself a band. ‘I made the add sound like I had a ton of experience and only wanted to play with experienced musicians. When I got a hit, I spilled the beans on me knowing absolutely nothing and begged to be given a chance! They said no at first but, after much begging and pleading, gave in.’ She has been playing professionally ever since. Elizabeth is happy to officially be a Park City local as of September of 2012. ‘I never want to live anywhere else. I love Park City! Who wouldn’t?’ Shortly after moving to PC, she tore her ACL while skiing on opening day. ‘I like to tell a story about jumping off of a 200 ft cliff to avoid being eaten by a polar bear, haha.’ She says. Since the accident, she has still managed to play several venues, land an interview on KPCW, be featured in the Park Record and book a performance during Sundance. Elizabeth is well on her way to being a staple in the Park City music community. ‘I do it because I love it and because I love meeting new people. Music gives me the strength I need to live my dreams. I like to share that strength with others every chance I get!’ Elizabeth plays a mix of original music and her own versions of cover tunes. Her sound is something like a mix of rock, blues, country and whatever her mood brings forth during a performance. You can come see her sing, play guitar, harmonica and maybe a little bit of piano if you are lucky!
“Teresa Eggertsen Cooke has the unique ability to present and perform songs that you may have heard over the years and make one feel as if they are hearing them for the very first time in your life. The combination of her beautiful voice and style of musical presentation set her apart from the rest of the crowd. She stands alone in this field. Just an outstanding performer with amazing talent and charisma. One of the very best I have ever heard”
–Alissa Grimaldi, New York City, NY
Saturday, August 1st
Cameron Mercer’s solo act (or duo when with Eric Mckenna) has been performing on Park City stages for 5 years. Influences range from Tim Buckley, Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley, The Doors, and just about anything with a soul. When with his band-November Hotel-the volume gets turned up and 70s roots come out to play, with a basis in progressive rock structures, yet dressed up with slight hipster garb in the Indie sense. Vocals sound like Tim Buckley, Ryan Adams, Chris Isaac. Acoustic guitar foundation with electric guitar treatments by Eric McKenna, can be found in the duo set. Recorded music is limited, yet Cameron Mercer released a live album in 2014 called, Live At the Riverhorse on Main (Available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon).
In 2011, Haven Johansen was suddenly inspired by a folk record on a flight home to Utah and has been playing music ever since. A 15 year old Park City local, she galavants the state to perform and write with other artists. Haven performs solo with her guitar and plays a mixture of covers and originals. She isn’t quite sure what specific genre her music belongs to- every song is still an experiment. The quirky lyrics and weepy guitar will leave you smiling.
Singer, songwriter. Solo acoustic guitar and harmonica. Heavily inspired by 60’s, 70’s artists like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, John Denver, Bob Marley, Tom Petty, John Fogerty (CCR).
The handlebar-mustachioed singer’s recognition of the crowd and his quirky facial expressions and body movements are integral parts of his appeal.The singer, who credits Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin as a few of his influences, admits that his music is different.”I like a lot of varied approaches,” he said. “I like to take country blues and adapt it to my own.
Sunday, August 2nd
Kasey Coyle was born and raised in Park City Utah. She is a powerful vocalist and a local favorite in the blues and soul scene. You can find her regularly hosting Blues jams/Open mics in the area, as well as performing in local venues with her band, Plum Stickie, and with Mountain Town Music. She has been singing, playing guitar, and writing original works for over 10 years and covers a variety of genres, including pop, funk, and folk music. Kasey embraces the sense of community in every performance, and uses her music for it’s greatest purpose: to inspire and bring people together.
Nick Johnson is a former metal, hardcore, punk, and rock ‘n roll guitarist. Turned, composer, finger style, singer, and songwriter. Based out of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Nick plays regularly in Salt Lake City and has recently began venturing out of state to play successful solo tours. Since beginning his acoustic guitar playing in 2013, Nick has quickly gained attention not only locally, but world-wide in the finger style guitar community.
Richard Tyler Epperson is a multi-instrumental artist from SLC, UT.
With acoustic guitars and passionate vocals, singer/songwriter Christine Kinslow spins out tales of country charm while crafting melodies that breathe life into real situations. A versatile performer, Christine puts her unique stamp on fan favorites, covering country and folk artists like Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss, to contemporary artists like Colbie Caillat, Maroon 5, Jewel and others, as well as her own singular compositions. Christine’s original songs are mesmerizing tales of simple people with human stories to tell. Her debut EP Summer Changes Everything, inspired by her love of nature and the American West is available on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.