See Mary Beth at the PC Songwriters Fest 9/14/19!
*Come hear MB at Flanagan's at 3 p.m. Saturday 9/14!*
In-the-round set with Carver Louis and Morgan Snow - 438 Main St., Park City.
Have you heard about all the insanely talented and accomplished songwriters in Park City this weekend?? If you're late to the party -- and it's understandable if you are, with the kids going back to school and recent torrential rains and whatnot -- there's an amazing festival happening Sept 12-14th right here in town! I know your life is full, but trust me: it is 100% worth the hustle for you to come out and hear some of these fantastic writers singing their songs, sharing hardwon wisdom, and collaborating on the fly. You'd normally have to travel to Nashville and stand in long lines or go camp in some dustbowl in rural Texas to get to hear so many incredible songwriters over two days. You'll experience the songs, of course, but also stories, laughs, serious skillzz, and history, as these americana, country, and pop treasures perform in five "listening room" venues around Main Street. Shows run all afternoon and into evening on Friday and Saturday, wrapping up with headliner shows both nights that you won't want to miss. As well as MB at Flanagan's on Saturday at 3 p.m. Cuz she's your girl and you know her. (Fyi -- mb's appearance is not listed on the official schedule, but it's happening.)
Get info and last minute e-tix at: parkcitysongwriterfestival.com. ****Enter the code SUPPORTINGLOCAL for 20% off!****
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The happy-go-lucky unscheduled tumble of summer has started shifting to a crisp, autumn vibe. Pumpkin spice and salted caramel mochas are back, it's chilly in the mornings, the kids are all about Halloween costumes and pumpkins, and the winding forest paths are carpeted with pinks and yellow-oranges and reds. It's always around this time that I pull out those weird clothing items that seem like a good idea for one minute but then never seem to settle into actual usage. . . sleeveless turtlenecks, wool shorts -- I'm lookin' at you.
My summer was punctuated by opportunity and loss. There were beautiful, memorable nights that I got to play with or open for wonderful acts like Chris Blue and The Wallflowers, and I did some writing that feels like it's going somewhere. I helped book some terrific acts for wonderful stages here in Utah -- I found great satisfaction in helping to bring wonderful energetic young acts to bigger venues. And then things took a turn.
I lost my Dad early one morning at the end of July and found myself in Illinois for a lot of August in the sad aftermath. I've just recently begun sleeping and eating with any regularity, helping me somewhat function in a world that keeps moving forward (even when I'm not). So many dear friends and extended family members reached out to provide comfort, food, support, stories, and various other kindnesses to my family and me...we are all so grateful for your thoughtful gestures and strength. Grief is horrible -- perhaps something that becomes a part of you forever -- but the love and generosity that has surfaced in its wake will resonate with me for a long time, too. Thank you. Thank you.
Some cool events coming up here in Utah and in Illinois and other good places. I hope I'll be able to see you here or on the road. The music and words continue to help me make sense of the unfathomable, the mysterious, the blessings -- thank you for sharing the journey with me.