The Concerts at Sundance kick-off event went down at Trolley Square in Salt Lake. There were four bands who volunteered their time and talent to make it happen. Concerts at Sundance is a series of concerts put on during the Sundance Film Festival, benefiting The Huntsman Cancer Institute. This year the kick-off and wrap concerts were done at the Trolley Square venue and the rest in Park City. Put together by Stephanie DeGraw of Power Media Entertainment, who has battled cancer and won, twice. The event was broadcast live by Sue Row Studios for Studio 5 Alive, which included artist interviews.
Pop/singer songwriter Rachel Adell’s band started the night off with their fun, danceable songs. This is the type of music that brings a smile to a face, whether you want to smile or not. It was pretty much impossible to not sway to rhythms. Adell’s voice is almost hypnotically lovely. Songs were well crafted and well performed, likely to cause a longing to own a CD and have the music wherever you are. Adell is fighting her own battle with cancer.
Katie Cole followed, with an Americana/Acoustic rock groove. Katie Cole has a beautiful, silvery voice that will have you hooked, whether Americana is your cup of tea or not. A second guitar (Cole also plays) and bass gave it a full-bodied and soulful sound. All three in the band showed excellent skill with their highly appealing tunes. Cole is originally from Melbourne, Australia but currently resides in LA.
Then, Indie rockers The Zero Summers (whom the show was also a farewell for) showed off their tremendous talent. The songs were catchy, with well put together sound and pleasant, flowing vocals, male and female. Each member is talented on their own but together, they made a fantastic symphony of beautiful noise. There was even a cello in the mix, which created a unique, melodic touch. However, the band's male vocalist, David Higbee has decide to relocate to LA, so the band currently isn't playing many shows. Luck and well wishes to Higbee and the rest of the band.
The Lovecapades (now called The Empire Kings) closed out the show and did an awesome job of doing so. The rock group brought energy, fun and skillfully crafted songs. They managed to keep composure as they gracefully worked out some slight technical difficulties starting out. It was worth the wait. This is one of those bands that make you eager to find out when their next show is because their songs need to be heard again and again. It was an awesome end to a wonderfully musical evening.