It’s that time of year again! The holidays have come and gone, my News Year’s resolutions have been forgotten, and Canyons announced its Spring Concert schedule. And this year’s lineup is Spring Grüv at its finest! We’re bringing in bands from as close as Taylorsville, Utah, and as far as Kingston, Jamaica. A truly diverse lineup of Grüvin music that is bound to make ones toes tap. Keep a special eye out for one of my personal favorites, Toots and the Maytals, on March 30th.
I’ve seen Toots live a handful of times, and he never disappoints me. I remember feeling like a kid in a candy store after buying my first Toots ticket, I was so excited to get to the show that I forgot to use the crosswalk and almost got a J-walking ticket trying to hop on the Trax down in Salt Lake City. But after a stern warning and a fifteen minute wait for the next train, I was on my way to see a living legend. Ever since that show, I make a special effort to see Toots every time he passes through. Here are a couple reasons why:
First off, The Maytals were originally formed in the early 60’s when Frederick “Toots” Hibbert was in his late teens. If you do the math, I believe that makes him almost 70, but I assure you that one could not guess his age by the way he performs. When the man is on stage he seems like he’s in his 20’s again – all dances, laughs, smiles, and he always shows his utmost appreciation for everyone in attendance.
I also respect that Toots does not discriminate against other genres. Toots grew up singing gospel, but his music has also been called ska, soul, reggae and rock. One of my favorite live performances is to see Toots cover the country classic “Country Roads” by John Denver, horn section and all. I love a good horn section. And let’s not forget that he named a modern genre when he coined the phrase Reggae!
North Mississippi Allstars is coming to Canyons on March 23rd! No better way to end the day of Pond Skimming than with some good tunes from the Southern rock/blues style band. Originally from Hernando, Mississippi, North Mississippi Allstars was founded in 1996. The band is composed of brothers Luther Dickinson (guitar, vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, keyboards, electric washboard), and Chris Chew (electric bass guitar). Allstars’ first release, Shake Hands With Shorty, was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Blues Album”. In 2007, Luther Dickinson joined The Black Crowes as lead guitarist and has appeared on their last 3 albums.
Canyons just might make my spring by bringing Toots in for Spring Grüv, but he is just one of many great artists you can see in the Resort Village this year. On select Saturdays, beginning March 9 and ending April 6, Canyons will bring you live music. So after a great day of skiing and riding, come get your Grüv on!
Saturday, March 9: Trezz Hombres
Saturday, March 16: The Drunken Hearts
Spring Grüv: Saturday, March 23: North Mississippi Allstars
Spring Grüv: Sunday, March 24: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
Spring Grüv: Saturday, March 30: Toots & the Maytals
Spring Grüv: Sunday, March 31: Eufórquestra
Saturday, April 6: The Pour Horse
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT, Marc Glauser is a music mavin, playing instruments such as guitar, mandolin, and harmonica. When he not skiing or riding at Canyons on his favorite lift, the Orange Bubble Express, Marc can be seen playing with his band Porch to Porchat various venues in Salt Lake and Park City.