This Park City Song Summit She will return to Utah this September for another installation in her annual mix of performances and panels featuring a range of guests from different genres ready to speak or sing, from Grateful Dead veterans Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros. to rising star. Joy Oladokun. This year’s festival takes place on September 1. 7-9.
50th anniversary of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Chuck D., among other veteran artists such as folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Featured young artists include Adia Victoria, Danielle Ponder, Celisse, Cimafunk, Joe Pug, Ruby Amanfu and Matisyahu.
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The retreat in the mountains distinguishes itself from other music festivals, with a particular focus on the mental health issues that affect creators, either among musicians or through “Summit Labs” where moderators have open conversations about the creative process.
Besides the hip-hop anniversary, topics or special events include: a look at women and blues, the “mixed roots of Latinx and Black music”, the funk crossover between New Orleans and Havana, and Stevie Wonder’s greatness. A Nashville Unplugged songwriters scene is an added attraction this year.
The core space of the Park City meeting has moved to Canyons Village, which founder Ben Anderson says “reflects the purpose of our program and provides ample physical space for our minds and hearts to wander through a variety of environments.” The addition of the amphitheater stage allows us to bring the Park City Song Summit experience to a wider audience.” Additionally, venues in Park City’s Main Street area will host some late night performances.
The full list of artists and lab moderators, along with transition information, can be found at: parkcitysongsummit.com.