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First Wednesday Community Concert Location Moved


Tonight, kicks off the first of the Wednesday night mountain town community concert series at Deer Valley – but due to late snow melt and the recent rain – the venue had to be been moved. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher explains.

Despite efforts to remove the snow from the Deer Valley amphitheater, a wet spring means the Muddpuddle concert would literally be in a mud puddle and needed to be moved to the top parking lot.  Deer Valley Resort Spokeswoman Emily Summers says they gave it their best shot.

“Right after we closed, we had our snow cat operators out there on the hill actually plow that venue right away and they plowed it up to Success and so it was one of the first areas to melt but it's at the bottom, so there's run off. We were ready to go and then that rain on Monday really just, you know, put it to bed - so we’re changing the venue.”

Mountain Town Music Director Brian Richards says while it could have been fun on the wet grass, moving the venue is a good trade-off for all of the powder days we had this past winter.

They will have to bring in a stage for tonight’s show. That will be set up near the shuttle turn around with the crowd gathering in the first parking lot. Because there is no grass, make sure to bring a chair or plan to dance all night. The resort will move its concessions down to the parking lot.

With the start of the summer concert season just around the corner  – they plan to be back up on the grass hill next week.

Muddpuddle is this week’s act – celebrating their 25th anniversary.

“They are celebrating 25 years.They've been one of the Park City live music staples for as long as I've been here. They’re really psyched about playing tonight and they've been rehearsing all winter and they've been playing some satellite shows out there at Shucks Light for the last few weeks getting ready for this. And so, you know, I'm sure they’re a little bit bummed, but you know they’re troopers and they're going to rally, and you know that's what's cool about Park City. I  feel like this is going to be one of those nights that you remember because really, when things move, when things are different, you know when the lights go out in a restaurant, that's when you really remember the evening and so tonight is going to be a great night and you know, if you love great jams, if you love great local music, don't be deterred by the fact that it's not on the hill.”

If you can’t be there, you can tune in for the live broadcast here on KPCW starting right after the news at 6 o’clock.

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