Thank you Mountain Town Music for putting together this amazing line-up of musicians for the 2017 Park City Kimball Arts Festival.
2017 Live Music Schedule:
Friday, August 4th
R&B. With players hailing from all around the country, the Will Baxter Band has a broad array of musical tastes. Come to a show and you’ll hear funk, blues, jazz, soul, r&b and folk. Coming from New Orleans, trumpet player/manager AlienWolf brings a taste of old jazz and blues, to the younger core of the band. Bassist Desmond Whitney, originally from Virginia, has the deft touch of a seasoned player twice his age. Organ player Adam Fifield has seen the world from the stage, and is a wealth of musical knowledge. The drummer is one of the most sought after players in Sal Lake City, and once you hear Wachira Waigwa-Stone, you immediately know why. Singer/guitarist Will Baxter rounds out one of Utah’s best new bands.
Reggae/Hip Hop. Smiling Souls is made up of family who bring together a diverse musical sound that is influenced by Reggae & Hip Hop. Their signature style is honed in by their brass section, which has attributed to the unique blend and sound they create. Music has always been a part of each band members’ lives. Growing up in our Polynesian communities, music was always part of our everyday life from church to school to family gatherings. When we came together as a band, we realized we could mix any type of music together and reach a bigger and more diverse audience.
Saturday, August 5th
Jazz. Hammond organist and vintage electronic keyboard specialist, Ryan Conger, is pushing the world of jazz and boogaloo music into new territories (literally). Joined by his long-time friends, Wade Evans and Travis Taylor, this new trio has just released their first album, entitled “Earthestra.” Combining elements of African and Cuban rhythms, Turkish folk music, classical Indian ragas and a variety of instruments from around the world with his own unique blend of Hammond organ driven boogaloo, this band has created a new kind of world music that is groovy, earthy, spacious and authentic to its core!
Blues. 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 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.
Bluegrass. GrapeGrass is a new acoustic Salt Lake City supergroup led by by fiddler/composer Amanda B. Grapes. The band performs Amanda’s original music and other favorite tunes from the bluegrass, Celtic and folk genres. Amanda is joined by some of the most dynamic performers on the Salt Lake City acoustic music scene, with core members Nick Boyer (guitar), Erik Martin (bass) and Bob Smith (full drum kit for the rockers, bodhran for the traditionalists).
Rock. Those looking to satisfy a vintage rock sweet tooth need look no further than power trio Candy’s River House. In the vein of Nazareth, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top and Deep Purple, the dusty throated Jordan Young peels through heavy layers of blazing guitar and a groovy 4 on the floor rhythm section. Bluesy, and soulful rock driven anthems built for a massive summer festival or local night club.
Celtic. 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 and 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.
Sunday, August 6th
DJ. DJ Dymes
Folk/Country. Singer-Songwriter Michelle Moonshine’s original songs have an upbeat tempo, catchy vocal lines and heartfelt lyrics; but it’s her unique voice that truly engages a listener at a performance. Her timbre can be described as incredibly sweet and whimsical, and yet is still saturated in feeling that makes you want to stop and listen to every word.
Rock. Formed in 1999 by singer/songwriter Steven Wells, Ghostowne weaves Country-Twang, Southern Rock, Roots-Rock and Americana into a unique, new and original package. A sound derivative of blue-collar life.
Soul. Whether she is performing live at the legendary Sundance Film Festival or taking the main stage at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show, alternative soul vocalist and musician, Sophia Dion has only just begun to tap into her true potential. The 17-year-old Utah native, now living in Los Angeles, appeared at Sundance to perform at the world premiere of the Emmy-nominated movie, Girl Rising. With a sound inspired by the likes of Joss Stone and KT Tunstall, Sophia’s original music explores themes familiar to all teenagers: relationships with parents and friends, dealing with bullies, and moving away from those closest to you.
Funk/R&B/Rock. Changing Lanes is the party experience that you’ve been waiting for. Seasoned with over 10 years of mastered entertainment, Changing Lanes knows just how to bring the people to their feet. Having performed on stages all over the world, with over 1000 events under their belt, their expertise in fun will assure your slot as the best party for years to come.
Friday, August 4th
Rock/Blues/Country. Gary loves music! Writing, playing, performing and anything associated with it! He spent his early years performing with his family, led by his father, for Christmas shows, corporate gatherings and concerts. In his teens and throughout college, he performed with his brothers playing in clubs, concerts, parties and corporate events. Adding other musician friends into the mix, various styles and genre’s of music crossed his path and created a broader range of appreciation and incorporation to his own presentation and creations.
Folk/Acoustic. The Naked Waiters is an acoustic, ukulele-based group that started in Cedar City, UT, and is now based in Provo, UT. They specialize in fun, melt-your-heart music that’s good for the soul. They are comprised of Kim Bjerga, Clark Holmes, and Andrew Nufer.
Saturday, August 5th
Jazz. Brendan Thorpe currently lives in Stansbury Park, Utah. Brendan was born in Salt Lake City, and has lived and worked in Utah since 1982. Brendan studied music theory at the University of Utah. He has played the saxophone and the piano for 36 years. He has played in numerous bands and organizations over the years including rock bands, big bands, jazz combos and country bands. Currently Brendan performs as a solo act. Brendan’s style has evolved over the years, and his need for “self-expression” always trumps the stereotypical jazz genre. This can be felt in his music, which is deeply soulful, but also fun and easy to listen to. Brendan enjoys creating music that is energetic, full of rhythm, modern, and fun to jam along with. Ultimately, he is a performing artist, and his music is always born with the motivation and intent that he will perform it live.
Guitar. Classical guitarist Michael Lucarelli has enthralled audiences throughout the U.S. for over 30 years. He is known for his diverse programming and expressive style, tastefully blending classical, pop, jazz, Spanish, South American, as well as his original compositions. Michael received his Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Utah and completed his Masters at The University of Arizona in guitar performance.
Rock. Scott & Harmony Haynes.
Rock. Talia Keys is a force to be reckoned with. As a cross-genre, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, she entertains locally, nationally and internationally solo as well as fronting various projects. When performing solo Talia live loops electric guitars, bass, synthesizer, drum machine, beat-boxing and vocals for her one woman band, Gemini Mind. Synergizing an old school vibe with new school beats, sporting her brand of funky blues-soul-reggae-rock n’ roll, with the rawness of Janis Joplin and the fire of Jimi Hendrix. Which is best described by Katie Bain for Insomniac’s Best of Electric Forest 2014 article as “blistering.” Having being “struck by her talent, stage presence and refreshing candor.”
Sunday, August 6th
Acoustic. Andrew and Shekinah have been singing together since they where children. Being sibling, they had quite a bit of time to work on their craft. In 2012 they decided to see what they could do. They started playing restaurants, weddings and private events and even started writing originals. Later incorporating Matt Morrison on drums and Manny Slack on upright bass, the 4 piece has been sweeping the Salt Lake area. Whether it’s the 4 piece or the duet, you wont be disappointed.
Blues. B.D. Howes is a musician with a history in the intermountain and east coast music scene. Howes has graced stages along the Wasatch front for years, played some of the best clubs in Salt Lake and Park City, his beautiful melodies gliding arrangements and drift away vocals provide easy unobtrusive listening.
Hip Hop. A-Rodge is a musical artist with a wide range of styles. His passion for music began when he was 13, studying musical composition at school. He began playing the drums at the age of 16 and became passionate for rhythm and the process of creating something to call his own.
Acoustic. Chad&Kristo have been playing in the Park City and Salt Lake areas for about 7 years. They are widely recognized for their outstanding harmonies and fun acoustic renditions of hit songs. They have been called “Salt Lake’s own Simon and Garfunkel” by Fox 13’s Good Day Utah. A wise man once said that if Chad&Kristo’s music were medicine we would finally have a cure for sadness. That statement is as true today as ever. So sit back, relax and get ready for some ear candy that would make even Willy Wonka jealous!
Food Truck Round-Up Stage
Friday, August 4th
Rock. The Travellin’ Dingleberries.
Salsa. 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. He 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 5th
Rock. Brother. is an indie rock band with catchy soundscapes and heartwarming melodies. Hailing from St. George, Utah, Brother. has recently moved up north and is now making a splash in the Provo music scene. Starting as a solo project in late 2013 Brother. is now a 5 piece band fully equipped with guitars, bass, drums and smooth vocal harmonies.
Bluegrass/Rock. Formed in 2013, The Steel Belts are rooted in bluegrass, rock, country and blues. Steel Belts shows are powered by driving rhythms, improvisation, tight harmonies and a high-energy display. The Belts are featured regularly at venues in the Salt Lake valley and beyond. In addition to unique covers, the band writes prolifically and has a growing catalog of original material.
Pop/Rock. Standing in for Joe was formed 2 years ago and offers a very versatile 5 piece band. They blend their different musical backgrounds into a totally unique sound that is all their own. From K. T Tunstall to Procupine Tree from Elle King to Emerson Lake and Palmer.
Rock. 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.
Sunday, August 6th
Folk. Kate MacLeod’s voice has been said to sound as pure as water from a mountain stream. And while singing from the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, her highly acclaimed songs often precede her as other artists sing them from California to the Czech Republic. Her songs compel music publications such as Sing Out! Magazine to claim that Kate MacLeod “channels the spirit of the great Carter Family classics.” She has opened for artists such as Rosanne Cash and Greg Brown. Her songwriting style and live performances display an unbreakable link between traditional music and cutting-edge contemporary songwriting.
Blues. The Troubled Youth Blues Band are a group of Utah teenagers who are part MusicGarage.Org.
Latin. Since 1999 The David Correa Group has built a substantial fan base entertaining audiences in every corner of the San Francisco Bay Area. Keeping true to Latin and Spanish guitar techniques David’s music continues to be an original new sound. David’s music combines Latin guitar and Rumba Flamenco fused with middle eastern melodies, creating a distinctive style.
Rock. Dr. Bob is the longest running rock band in Park City, Utah. Singer-songwriter-guitarist-bandleader Jeffrey D. Howrey played his first gigs in Park City in 1977 while he was attending the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He and band co-founder, singer and bass player Bets Pott (formerly Conner) moved the band to town permanently in 1982.