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Park City Institute Reports First Pop-Up Concert A Success

Courtesy Park City Institute

Park City Institute’s concert series opened on July 3rd at Quinn’s Junction with a performance from Los Lonely Boys. The concert was the first for the series new venue.

Park City Institute Director Teri Orr says the St. Regis Big Stars Bright Nights concert series started off right with Los Lonely Boys

“The band was terrific, they’re a Park City favorite this is the 3rd or 4th time we’ve had them. To have them kick off the 4th of July was just right.”

The pop-up concert took place at Quinn’s Junction Recreation Complex. The concert series moved to the new venue after Deer Valley announced it would no longer host the series after 14 years.

The change of venue meant a few other changes to the logistics of the concert. One challenge the series faced is very limited on-site parking. Park City Institute set up busses to and from the parking lot, Orr says that was a success.

“The bussing was very, very smooth. We had a great Le Bus, and we had support from Four Seasons Transportation.” Orr said “We didn’t get any complaints about people getting to and from where they needed to get to. We didn’t have any congestion on the road at all, that I’m aware of.”

Orr says they know they can improve but she’s happy with how this first concert went.

“We can make some improvements I think it’s fair to say, but for a first time we’re not unhappy.” Orr said. “The food trucks were amazing, they did great business. The wind died down just as the concert was getting started. It was a warm, lovely, evening, but not hot. It was very different in having the audience flat and the stage elevated. Everyone there had a terrific view. What we didn’t really expect, kind of a bonus, was how great the sound was out there”

One issue that Orr noted was the distance from the bus drop-off to the will call office.

“Where people were dropped off and where they got their tickets seemed to be the only real hiccup of the evening.” Orr explained “We have such little space there that is enclosed. So, where we had the tickets, in the concession area, was not as close to the bus drop-off as we had planned. There was a little bit of maneuvering to take your cooler and pick up your will call tickets; and that’s easily fixable.”

Orr said the evening had a very familial vibe.

“It just felt like such a, though we have many many second home owners who feel like Parkites and family, it felt like such a local evening. There was just such a great community vibe to it. From Silly Market to the Green Machine Recycling, to so many people who volunteered and helped us out. It really was a huge community effort and we’re so grateful.”

Orr did not have final numbers as of July 4th, but she did guess around 1,500 people attended the concert. She said they look forward to growing those numbers.

The second concert of the season will be Grace Potter at City Park on July 13th. The remainder of the shows will be back at Quinn’s Junction.

KPCW reporter David Boyle covers all things in the Heber Valley as well as sports and breaking news.
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