Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Punch Brothers & More Set for St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights this Summer
Park City Institute celebrates its 11th summer of presenting the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series at Deer Valley Resort with ten, powerhouse concerts: The Bacon Brothers (June 28), Punch Brothers (July 6), Dierks Bentley (July 24), Kix Brooks (July 31), Muscle Shoals Live and Lisa Fischer (August 3), Five For Fighting (August 16), Trampled by Turtles (August 19), Nashville Café (August 23), Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers (August 30) and a TBA show. All concerts are slated to be held rain or shine at Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale to PCPAF members on Wednesday, April 9 and are available for purchase by the general public on Wednesday, April 16.
The Bacon Brothers cut loose with the summer series kick-off on June 28. Actor Kevin (The Following, Apollo 13, Mystic River, Footloose...) and Emmy award-winning composer Michael put on a show that seamlessly blends hard-charging tunes with mellow, country-folk ballads. Both brothers sing and play the guitar. Kevin adds harmonica and percussion to the mix and Michael shows off his classical training on the cello. The duo is backed up by Paul Guzzone (bass and vocals), Joe Mennonna (keyboards and accordion), Frank Vilardi (drums) and Ira Siegel (lead guitar, mandolin, and backing vocals).
The Punch Brothers celebrate Independence Day weekend with music steeped in Americana roots on July 6. Created by mandolin virtuoso - and youngest ever MacArthur genius grant winner - Chris Thile (formerly of Grammy-winning Nickel Creek), this newgrass/bluegrass/rock quintet is comprised of the genre's 20- and 30-something all-stars: guitarist Chris Eldridge bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. With "sawing fiddles, jittery banjos, flinty guitars, and flickering mandolins" (New York Daily News), the edgy string band is a whole new classification and generation of "dazzling" (The New York Times).
"Country's most charismatic centrist" (Washington Post), Dierks Bentley delivers modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock on July 24. He sings of pick-up trucks and red, white and blue, parties and love. And the sizzling, chart-topping, country star has garnered 11 Grammy nominations, topped the charts with seven albums and earned an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.
Kix Brooks adds some legendary country to the line-up on July 31. After two decades as one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn, Kix took the solo trail in 2012 with his album, "New to this Town." The syndicated radio host and Nashville-based singer (and songwriter) has earned platinum sales, Grammys, Country Music Association Awards... and yet he isn't resting on his laurels. As one Florida Times-Union reviewer put it, his show has a "hard rocking, gritty feel that put[s] the music first." A special, preconcert winetasting (by-invitation-only) event featuring sips from Brooks' Arrington Vineyard will accompany the festivities.
Muscle Shoals Live - named for the little Alabama town that drew some of rock and R&B's biggest names (Aretha Franklin, Dylan, the Stones) to its recording studio - returns for a St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights encore on August 3. On the "Singing River" roster: Harvey Thompson of the Muscle Shoals Horns, Angela Primm of Still Waters, jazz musician and vocalist Thomas Cain and Candi Stanton and Mike Ferris. Grammy winner Lisa Fischer - think jaw-dropping "Gimme Shelter" duet with Mick Jagger - headlines the evening. Recently featured in the documentary "Twenty Feet from Stardom," Fischer (a.k.a. "Brown Sugar") has long been the instantly recognizable voice accompanying rock stars, ranging from Sting and the Rolling Stones (she's been a part of every Stones tour since 1989) to Beyoncé and Bobby McFerrin.