The Studio Lounge was located at Park City Film Studios and open during the first week of the Sundance Film Festival in January. It was similar to the Indie Filmmakers Lounge but thanks to the help of sponsors, was able to give out passes without a charge or credentials. Along with live music, the Lounge featured Panels/Q&A, table reads by Sue Row Studios and a couple of late-night parties. Unfortunately, sometimes a person just can’t commute to Park City every day. The musical guests for January 22nd were pretty varied in genre:
Nicolle Atkinson: Atkinson was a very skilled violinist with a variety of songs to showcase her talent. Her ability to play songs of a various genres all on a violin, was nothing short of impressive. From movie soundtrack covers to rock covers and a little in-between; Atkinson showed that violin music can be fun too. She was very into what she was doing which made her even more interesting to watch. Her her violin enthralled people listening…the bow telling the strings to call out their melodies.
Burn Atlas: Classifying themselves as ‘mysterious desert rock’ this band had a softer rock sound. The lead singer somewhat resembled Billy Joe from Green Day and had a guitar with skis attached he called, ‘the ski-tar.’ The bassist had a fretless bass. The lyrics were interesting and creatively written but the sound just seemed to be missing some element to it. Though, they were fairly new as a band together, it’s likely they just need to get their style kinks figured out with time and experience. For being together a short time they did perform surprisingly well, however. The tunes definitely weren’t bad, just needed something more to the rhythm. The covers really weren’t too shabby. It will be fun to see where the music takes them.
Nathan Osmond: The Country artist and nephew of Donny and Marie was the most energetic and interactive performer of the whole day. Stopping to quickly acknowledge the audience during songs, coming off stage to sing directly to a few people and looking straight into cameras, Osmond must really love what he does. He decided after a few songs, that the audience should get their “15 minutes of fame” and walked around inviting people around the studio to sing a few lyrics of a Country song, themselves. Afterwards the audience voted for their favorite singer, like a much smaller and more intimate version of American Idol. He’s quite a character, talented and fun to watch even if you don’t like Country music.
Foreign Figures: Alternative Rock/Pop band with catchy rhythms, good use of every instrument and a lead singer whose voice is like liquid gold. He has that type of voice that reminds you why hearing a pure voice is so much more pleasing than growls and screams. The range on that young man, too. Damn. Keys were electronically magical, almost sneaked in like a jolt of audio adrenaline. So much skill and satisfying sound coming from each member. Background rhythms of ‘Alarmed,’ ‘Stay’ and ‘Seasons,’ brought to mind songs by U2, others had something Billy Joel-esque or similar to the Imagine Dragons (also originally from Utah.) Foreign Figures is a band to watch for.
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