Published on August 18th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Park City Song Summit Founder Ben Anderson On Creating A One-Of-A-Kind Experience, Favorite Food Spots In Park City & More

As one of the world’s premier skiing destinations, Park City, Utah had its first ski lift installed in 1946. Yet there is plenty more to Park City than skiing. The Sundance Film Festival, for starters, is one of the annual institutions which has people around the world talking about Park City. Forbes Traveler Magazine has voted it as one of the 20 “prettiest towns,” also voting it one of its “16 Top Destinations.”

The Park City Song Summit — hosting its “inaugural” event from September 8 to 12, 2021 — aims redefine the live music experience. By design it creates an environment for musicians to share, learn and recharge their passion for music through community and the power of song, and reportedly unlike any other music gathering, the Song Summit is also a place to examine the struggles and breakthroughs that artists face on their creative journey. Over the course of 5 days in September 2021, the Song Summit combines the singer-songwriter format of an “unplugged” platform with a “MasterClass” style of information exchange through its Labs. This atmosphere for connection between the musician and the fan works to reimagine the idea of playing to a crowd and ultimately focuses on sharing and exploring the full spectrum of songwriting and creating original music.

A star-studded yet intimate gathering by design, among the participating artists for the Summit’s Labs are Amanda Shires, Joy Oladokun, Jonathan Russell, Andrew Bird, Alison Moasshart, Rich Roll, Leslie Jordan, Fred Armisen and Shaun White. Performers during the Summit will include Iron & Wine, Lori McKenna, Langhorne Slim, Jason Isbell, Gary Clark Jr., John Doe, Joe Pug, Alison Mosshart, Josh Ritter, DJ Logic, Elvin Bishop, Kamasi Washington, Lucius, Ivan Neville, Craig Finn, Charlie Musselwhite and Mavis Staples. In other words, attendees can expect 5 days of both learning and entertainment.

On August 18, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Park City Song Summit founder Ben Anderson about the ideology about the festival — which I look forward to attending and covering on-site — and plenty more, including what changes are being made to it for the sake of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. More on the Park City Song Summit can be found by clicking here, here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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