Every summer has a soundtrack -- the music that best accompanies long days spent in the sunshine and warm nights spent under the stars. It is the music that when you hear it weeks or even years later, brings you right back to the moment. For the summer of 2018, these memories will be made at the Sun Valley Pavilion and at River Run with more than 25 live concerts planned between June and September. No matter if your tastes run to classical, retro, or up-and-coming, Sun Valley is the place to be all summer long.
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One of the best parts of winter in Sun Valley is après skiing on the sun deck while enjoying some great live music.
For three weeks this summer, a much warmer version of that fun scene will be returning to the Sun Valley Village. During the last three Saturday afternoons in July (from to 2 – 5pm), the Music in the Village series will offer up some of the winter’s most popular bands performing for free at the Boiler Room deck.
“We wanted to continue that great energy from the après ski scene into the summer,” said Samuel Mollner, the production supervisor for Sun Valley.
Samuel said the series is popular with both local residents and visitors for a few reasons: Great Music; a Great Venue; and a Great Way to “après summer.”
First and foremost, Music in the Village has a terrific venue. Smack dab in the heart of the Village, the Boiler Room has long been a popular place for music. But the deck had been a bit overlooked. Samuel and his team decided to take advantage of the deck and it has worked well.
Folks can sit on the deck and grab drinks and snacks there, or they can sit on the patio of the Konditorei and enjoy table service.
“It’s a great spot right in the middle of the Village,” Samuel said. “There are lots of options from grab-and-go drinks and snacks on the Boiler Room deck to sit down service at the Konditorei. You can also walk over and grab a sandwich at the deli, a coffee at the Konditorei or the kids can grab an ice cream at A La Mode while parents enjoy the music and their own beverages. The event is open to everyone and we’ve had a really good mix of folks showing up.”
While a great venue and terrific food and drink options are important, so is the music itself, and Samuel is stoked about the line-up, especially this Saturday’s band, Jes Raymond and the Blackberry Bushes.
“I’m really excited to have these guys playing here again. They were very popular this winter. They’re a folksy band from Seattle that’s really going places. It’s great they can come through Sun Valley on their way,” Samuel said.
Emily Stanton, who is gaining a large following with Sun Valley fans, kicked off the series in style last weekend. And local favorite, the Kim Stocking Band, will finish off the Music in the Village series on July 30th.
“People are getting up and dancing,” Samuel said. “It’s a great scene.”
Whether you spend the day mountain biking or hiking, shopping or golfing, horseback riding, ice skating, fly fishing or whatever you love to do in our mountain mecca, it always nice to end the day with some drinks, tasty snacks and great music in a beautiful location. It’s what makes après skiing in Sun Valley so popular and what is making “après summer” in Sun Valley so much fun, too.
Mickie Adler is the executive concierge for Sun Valley and has been with the resort for a decade. She said the Music in the Village series has been the perfect compliment to the myriad of ways to enjoy a summer day in Sun Valley.
“There is so much to do here and the concerts are a great way to end your day,” Mickie said, pointing out the music ends at 5, meaning it’s also a good way to kick off your night, too.
Besides catching great live free music, Mickie said there are all kinds of other popular summer activities in Sun Valley. Saturday nights are beloved for Sun Valley’s world famous Ice Shows and buffet at the Lodge. Mickie said Horseback Rides and the Gun Club have both been very popular this summer. The Gun Club has even extended their daily hours to accommodate all the requests for groups and families to go shoot skeet, trap and the other games. The new Bowling Alley has been a hit and the stunning Lodge Pool and Poolside Cafe have been very popular as well.
Mickie and her team also offer an Ambassadors Program, which includes events like Cocktails and Croquet, Cocktails and Casting, and their popular Children’s Reading Hour, which is now being held twice a week.
For more information about the Ambassadors Program, the Children’s Reading Hour or about any of the fun things to do in and around Sun Valley, the Concierge’s Desk in the lobby of the Sun Valley Lodge is always a good resource. You can call them at 208.622.2097 or email Mickie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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