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If the venue makes or breaks a live show for you, then you’ll be glad you ponied up for a ticket to Park City’s newest live music venue, O.P. Rockwell (268 Main St, 435.615.7000, oprockwell.com). Park City locals Scott Thomson and Craig Eddins partnered with Darin Piccoli and Chris Mautz, owners of Salt Lake City’s acclaimed State Room music venue, to open the snug and stylish Main Street space (named for 1870s-era lawman Orrin Porter Rockwell, a.k.a. “the Destroying Angel of Mormondom”). Friendly staff and a decidedly chill atmosphere make this hole-in-the-wall an obvious Park City standout, as well as a contender for audiences from across the state. “Comfort is our number-one priority. We want people to see a show here because it’s a great all-around experience—whether they know the artist or not,” Piccoli says.

Leveraging contacts and relationships forged by way of the valley’s healthy music scene, O.P. Rockwell’s performance lineup comprises a smattering of creative, original artists from around the world, unlimited by a specific musical flavor. Here you’ll find bluegrass, funk, Latin, indie, and more from the national and global circuits.

Inaugural season sell-out performances included visits by Gregory Alan Isakov, funky nights with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and dance parties with Moon Hooch.

O.P. Rockwell fills a big gap in the local venue lineup—offering a more intimate setting than PC Live or the Egyptian Theatre—where you can get up close and personal with the performers. “The space allows for a lot of different fan involvement, and I think everyone will really enjoy that aspect,” says Piccoli.

Yes, the craft cocktails and vintage Edison bulbs found in the lounge aren’t news-breaking, but the comfy upholstered sofas and club chairs that go with them provide a notable and welcome contrast to the cold, hard furniture typical of more trendy, minimalist establishments. It’s an ideal locale to sink into a chair and sip a few drinks with friends before the show starts.

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