Punch Brothers to Perform July 6 at Deer Valley Resort
Newgrass/bluegrass/rock quintet the Punch Brothers unleash instrumental and vocal fireworks Sunday, July 6 in the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series. Created by mandolin virtuoso -- and youngest ever MacArthur genius grant winner -- Chris Thile (formerly of Grammy-winning Nickel Creek), this edgy string band features the 20- and 30-something all-stars of a genre loosely defined as bluegrass. Folk singer, Willie Watson, opens the Punch Brothers concert, which starts at 7 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) at Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Lawn and reserved seating tickets are available.
Comprised of mandolin wizard Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher, Punch Brothers grew out of a collaboration spearheaded by Thile. In 2006, he brought three of his now-bandmates together to back him on his solo album "How to Grow a Woman;" Kowert came on board a year later. The quintet released their first album in 2008 and two more followed - along with gigs across the country. They write their own songs, play a few covers and combine virtuosity with passion in shows that share the banter of bluegrass gatherings, but otherwise step far outside the structure of the genre.
Fittingly, on Independence Day weekend, the Punch Brothers (whose name comes from a Mark Twain tale) blend Americana and musical independence. While the band is deeply rooted in bluegrass, its bold and talented members have no trouble jamming across musical boundaries, from jazz to classical to acoustic rock and beyond.
All St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concerts take place at Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Lawn and reserved tickets as well as summer season punch cards are available at the Park City Institute Box Office at The Mega Genius Supply Store and IQ HQ (435 Swede Alley, Park City), via phone at 435-655-3114 or online at www.bigstarsbrightnightsConcerts.org. General Admission tickets may also be purchased at Deer Valley Signatures stores located at 625 Main Street and Silver Lake Village or Deer Valley Etc. in Snow Park Lodge (call 435-649-1000 or 800-424-3337 for store hours); The King's English Bookshop (Salt Lake City); and Hugo Coffee (inside Park City's Visitor Center). Discounted tickets are available for children (under age 16) as well as seniors (age 62 and older).