There is something magical about music in the mountains. The piles and piles of snow make way for green as far as the eye can see. The crisp, fresh air and the stunning scenery create the perfect backdrop for live performances. Fortunately, during the summer months of June through August, there are plenty of opportunities to experience this magic in Utah’s Wasatch and Summit counties. Let’s look at some of the top concert series and live performances happening right in our backyard.
Summer Concert Series on the High Star Ranch Great Lawn
One of the most popular concert series in the area is the Summer Concert Series on the High Star Ranch Great Lawn, hosted by The Dejoria Center. Starting June 16th, these concerts are held every Thursday from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm and are completely free of charge. Upcoming artists include Irish rock band Swagger, soulful country-blues group Dustbowl Collective, and Americana collaboration Highline Drifters. In addition to the live music, there are also food vendors and a beer tent set up for your enjoyment. This is a great way to spend a summer evening with family and friends while taking in some fantastic tunes.
Sundance Mountain Resort
For something truly unique, check out the Sundance Bluebird Café Concert Series. In partnership with the renowned Bluebird Café, Sundance brings Nashville’s finest singer-songwriters and musicians to their stage. Each show features three artists who share the stories behind their songs, making for a truly intimate and memorable experience.
Sundance also offers two more concert series throughout the summer. The Sounds of Summer series is a complimentary music series that takes place every Sunday evening on the main lawn next to Outlaw Express. Each week features a new band that plays from 6 pm-8 pm. The Low Key Vibes series is a pop-up music series that occurs periodically throughout the summer on The Lawn. Keep an eye on Sundance’s social media for dates and artists.
Deer Valley Concerts
If you’re looking for a slightly more formal concert experience, the Deer Valley Concerts are a must-see. The Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater is home to two unique concert series: the Deer Valley Concert Series and the Utah Symphony’s Deer Valley Music Festival. With seating for up to 5,000 guests, this venue offers hillside viewing from reserved seats as well as a large general admission section. Guests are welcome to bring picnics, blankets, and chairs less than nine inches high, making it the perfect setting for a romantic night under the stars.
The Deer Valley Concert Series
Kicks off on Thursday, July 13th, with Old Crow Medicine Show. CAAMP, Greensky Bluegrass, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Kenny Loggins will also bring their talents to Snow Park. Utah Symphony’s Deer Valley Music Festival takes place every Friday and Saturday night starting June 30th. The festival will feature both chamber music and classical performances, in addition to popular collaborations with artists like The Beach Boys, LeAnn Rimes, and Ben Folds.
Heber Market on Main Concert Series
For a more laid-back and local experience, check out the Heber Valley Market on Main Concert Series. This free concert series takes place every Thursday from June through August from 6:30 pm
-8:30 pm at Main Street Park. Enjoy the music while walking through the open-air market featuring local vendors and food trucks.
Melvin’s Public House
Melvin’s Public House has got you covered if you’re looking for a weekly spot to catch live music. Every Friday from 7:30 pm-10:30 pm they host Live Music Fridays. With an all-ages welcome policy, this is a great spot to grab food and drinks while taking in local talent.
Park Silly Sunday Market
If you’re looking for more than just music, the Park Silly Sunday Market is the place to be. Every Sunday starting June 4, this eco-friendly, open-air street festival will feature eclectic local and regional artists, unique arts and crafts, and one-of-a-kind finds. Performing artists take the Main Stage at
9th Street and in the Farmers Market at 5th Street.
As beautiful as outdoor concerts are, sometimes you just want to sit inside with some AC. Situated in the middle of Main Street in Park City is the renowned Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre. The Egyptian hosts a variety of theatre, comedy, musical acts, special events, community functions, and more. Acts taking the stage this summer include Josh Ritter, the Gatlin Brothers, and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Don’t miss the productions of Kinky Boots and Xanadu in July.
Enjoying music in the mountains is an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there are plenty of opportunities to take in some fantastic live performances in both Wasatch and Summit counties this summer. See you there!