The Park Metropolis Track Summit, descending upon the Utah metropolis of its namesake September 7-10 of this 12 months, is a gathering for open-hearted troubadours, music followers, folks processing recoveries and traumas, and extra. It’s a pageant of radical honesty at its core, one which redefines what it means to be a musician and why so many artists battle with psychological well being points, addictions, and traumas that (for a mess of causes) go undiagnosed.
“I need this occasion to debate and convey normalcy and readability to points that for too lengthy have been swept beneath the carpet or spoken about in hushed voices,” pageant founder Ben Anderson says.
Due to the pageant’s distinctive perspective, Anderson discovered it crucial to construction his occasion in a distinct, considerate manner. As an alternative of bands taking turns taking part in set after set, the Park Metropolis Track Summit is constructed round plenty of totally different applications. For instance, there are Summit Labs, which host artists in dialog with each other to debate subjects that usually go ignored within the music trade.
In a single Summit Lab, Jason Isbell, Margo Value, Warren Haynes and Newport Folks’s Jay Candy will take a deep dive into the teachings of John Prine — issues like “social equality, humor, and maintaining your soul intact whereas navigating the music trade.” Followers can purchase tickets to every Summit Lab, which additionally embrace a stay taping of Andrew Hen’s Reside from The Nice Room. The pioneering YouTube sequence showcases the inventive course of throughout a large spectrum of arts, with the pageant’s episode that includes Fred Armisen.
For followers trying to rock out, there are many concert events which can be must-see occasions, like Father John Misty on Thursday with assist from Bonny Gentle Horseman and Rising Appalachia. And since the Park Metropolis Track Summit has a give attention to restoration (the charismatic founder himself is 15 years sober), the occasion gives a supportive surroundings that features sober inexperienced room area, guided yoga and meditations, every day 12-step conferences and craft mocktails.
“There’s a manner for all concertgoers to coexist if we put intention to the method and pay attention,” Anderson says. “Some promoters and producers are very supportive, however I would really like it if extra of them would see the artist as an entire particular person and assist them that manner.”
The pageant is as a lot a gathering floor for artists as it’s your typical festival-going expertise. It permits artists to clarify their processes and dive into the trivialities of their work in a wholly distinctive manner. Alongside these intimate discussions, the pageant will host Songwriting Rounds, which permits the viewers to “hear the story behind their favourite songs from award-winning songwriters.”
The pageant has additionally paired with plenty of organizations that assist its core mission. One such group, The Phoenix, suits in as an ideal assist system for the Summit.
“The Phoenix is proud to companion with Stand Collectively Music to convey our programming to Park Metropolis Track Summit,” Scott Strode, Founder and Nationwide Government Director of The Phoenix, stated. “We consider that The Phoenix and Park Metropolis Track Summit share a novel purpose: reworking the world by the ability of neighborhood. Our crew is thrilled to hitch PCSS as an on-site activation companion this 12 months, serving to facilitate the inventive journey of artists and attendees by quite a lot of psychological well being and wellness actions.”
The Park Metropolis Track Summit is above all, a manner for artists to precise themselves as human beings. Anderson believes that the viewers isn’t capable of see the souls inside artists usually sufficient, which may result in an absence of empathy. The Summit permits for artists to precise themselves each by their work and their personalities.
“We will maybe perceive and admire their music extra, however extra importantly, perceive and admire who they’re as people, their challenges, their successes, their failures,” Anderson says of his hopes for the occasion. “If our attendees can perceive the humanity that goes into music, we’d all be just a little extra conscious of each other and be capable to coexist higher on this planet.”