Après-ski is as much a part of mountain culture as skiing itself. Here, the moment you click out of your skis and boards, local watering holes are ready to cue the live music. It’s the perfect alternative to that end-of-day traffic, so unbuckle the boots and kick back—at the resort base, a swanky hotel lounge, or an Old Town bar. Here are four local bands worth a listen, with (or without) beer in hand.
“Music is meant to be shared, and I find pure joy in sharing my talent with others,” says Park City–based singer-songwriter Shannon Runyon. Her lilting vibe has drawn comparisons to Jewel and Natalie Merchant, but Runyon says she’s just trying to be true to herself in her voice as well as her music. “That’s the sweet spot of being a musician.”
Music has been part of Runyon’s life for as long as she can remember. She jokes that she was raised in the Partridge family because her parents and four siblings also sing and play musical instruments; she plays piano and guitar. Catch her at Park City Mountain (Mojo’s, Legends Bar & Grill, and the Snowed Inn); Main Street’s the Cabin, Riverhorse on Main, and the Spur Bar & Grill; or Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on Park Avenue.
Alicia Stockman fell in love with country and folk music while growing up in Midway, Utah. The singer-
songwriter is known for her acoustic covers, but she also has a new roster of originals she plans to share with audiences this winter.
“These are songs about moments—moments that seem fleeting at the time, but we soon come to see them as a major turning point in our lives,” says Stockman, who put together a band for her upcoming performances. Her influences include Patty Griffin, the Indigo Girls, and Susan Tedeschi, but her inspiration is in stories, places, and memories that she believes will bring listeners on an emotional journey. Catch Stockman and her band at Park City Mountain’s PayDay Pad or the Spur Bar & Grill.
Singer-songwriter B.D. Howes likes to incorporate a variety of social, political, and philosophical influences into his lyrics, which he hopes elevate his work beyond traditional rock. “My songs [are] a way to speak my mind without offending people,” says Howes, who plays both 12- and 6-string acoustic guitars.
Backed by Chris Schell (bass), Chris Hamilton (guitar), and Wes Furgason (drums), Howes’s songs reflect life experience, feelings, and emotions. The band performs mostly acoustic originals with a dusting of classic rock covers. Catch them at Park City Mountain’s PayDay Pad.
Snyderville Station has some new music and a new band member to debut this winter, but drummer Dan Lynch promises they’ll deliver the dynamic shows that locals have come to love. “We are still the same high-energy band, but with a bit more blues emphasis,” said Lynch.
Joining Lynch and bassist George Dymalski, who started playing together in 2016, is Park City resident Jon Bednar on guitar and lead vocals. In 2018, SEB released its debut album, “Kings of Hard Weather,” which is part of their set list along with classic rock-and-roll covers. Catch them at the Umbrella Bar at Canyons Village, the Corner Store, and Park City Mountain’s PayDay Pad.
After the Après
Prime entertainment venues keep you grooving long after the sun goes down.
Park City Institute presents a mix of music, dance, and venerable speakers at the Eccles Center, ranging from Tony Award winner Sutton Foster to journalist Bob Woodward.
The historic Egyptian Theatre has musical theater, comedy, and live music (from Kurt Bestor to Jethro Tull) gracing its Main Street stage.