Concerts at Sundance 2014 were performed at the Hotel Park City in Park City, Utah. Many musicians from all over, reached out to be a part of this experience and cause but only a handful were chosen. The process was difficult, as there was so much talent to be shared but of course, it had to be narrowed down. The concerts were nightly, for a week and showed to be an inspiring and highly enjoyable success. Unfortunately, sometimes a journalist just can't make it, so Saturday night cannot be recapped. Bands that played that night were: Aaron Ball Band, Jami Lunde, Pete Sands BlackKiss, and Since Exile.
On Monday, January 20th, *Katie Cole was back at 7:00pm to show the Hotel Park City how to rock Acoustic rock/Americana style. And that is exactly what they did. At 8:00, Flint and Steel (based in Salt Lake City) wowed everyone with a tremendous amount of talent and the fact that they are all young. They are a Bluegrass band, who play as if they have been playing for many years. Each member is an electric outlet of emanating aptitude. Most fascinating to watch were the Banjo/Slide guitar player and the Mandolin player. At 9:00, The Jason Spooner Band from Portland, Maine, brought the Rock/Americana groove. Jason has a smooth and pleasant voice and the melodies will move you into a state of mesmerized relaxation, while subtly rocking out at the same time.
Tuesday January 21st, at 6:00pm 12-year-old Folk singer/songwriter, Sammy Brue started out the evening. This kid was impressive, with his ability to not only play his guitar, harmonica and sing pretty efficiently but to write profoundly meaningful songs of his own. He was later approached by a casting director for Disney who happened to be at the film festival, who wanted to talk to him about a chance to be signed. 7:00 brought Prescott into the spotlight, a 17-year-old singer/songwriter. Prescott certainly has promise and showed some definite skills with his voice and Ukulele. There is a sweet soul to him, which made his music endearing and lively. At 7:30 was a taste of Salt Lake City Reggae from The Rocksteadys, which turned out to be fun and impressive. There was a bit of a Ska flair to a couple songs that added a happy energy to the music. Had it not been winter, a pool party outside would have been a great night with this band. Colorado Indie rock musicians Jack+Jill came on at 8:00. The couple (Jessica and Aaron Seibert), who do perform with a full band, came as a twosome but put on such a good show that less members made no never mind to anyone. Violin playing from Jessica (Jill) was so beautiful, adept and different from the typical violin melody. Guitar playing from Aaron (Jack) was skillfully executed. Both did vocals, which worked harmoniously. 9:00 was the Aaron Ball Band, also two out of a full band, who proved to know what it means to rock a place to the fullest extent with what you have. A band who would be worth seeing again, preferably in a place where a crowd could get up and rock out a lot more. Guitar, keys and vocals were well done and exciting.
Note: *Katie Cole performed in the Kick-off concert which was written about in the previous article. It is easily accessed by clicking the Suggested by the Author links below.