While Sundance is an unparalleled opportunity to see the work of independent filmmakers from around the world, the silver screen isn’t the only place to find examples of creativity during the festival. From Jan. 16 to 26, enough local and touring bands and solo musicians will be hitting the stages at the Salt Lake City Festival Café and the Sundance ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) Music Café in Park City to turn Sundance into a miniature music festival. For the complete lineup, visit Sundance.org, and follow the festival on Twitter @SundanceFestNow.
At the Salt Lake City Festival Café (Sicilia Pizza Kitchen, 35 W. 300 South, 801-961-7077, SiciliaPizzaKitchen.com), music begins Friday, Jan. 17, with performances every night at 8:30 p.m. through Jan. 25. Focused mostly on local music, the lineup consists of Americana/folk band Devil’s Club on Jan. 17 & 20, singer-songwriter David Williams on Jan. 18, country/rock band Triggers & Slips on Jan. 19, Andean ensemble Ayllupura on Jan. 21, French/Eastern European-influenced St. Boheme on Jan. 22, gypsy-jazz band Hot Club of Zion (6 p.m.) and indie-rock outfit Color Animal (8:30 p.m.) on Jan. 23, blues/country band Clarksdale Ghosts (6 p.m.) and hip-hop group Rotten Musicians (8:30 p.m.) on Jan. 24, and gypsy-rock band Juana Ghani on Jan. 25.
At the 16th-annual Sundance ASCAP Music Café (751 Main) in Park City, you’ll find performances by international musical acts from Jan. 17 to 24. Since there will be five short & sweet sets every day from 2 to 6 p.m., the cafe will be a veritable buffet for music lovers. There are just too many bands on the schedule to list here, but standout acts of the first four days include Australian folk duo The Falls (Jan. 17, 2 p.m.), Brooklyn “fantasy-pop” duo Savoir Adore (Jan. 18, 2:40 p.m.), California alt-rock eight-piece The Mowgli’s (Jan. 18, 4:40 p.m.), bewitching singer-songwriter Carina Round (Jan. 19, 4 p.m.), folk-pop musician Jeremy Messersmith (Jan. 20, 2:40 p.m.) and U.K.-based electro-pop trio Years & Years (Jan. 20, 3:20 p.m.).
The second half of the ASCAP Music Café boasts Americana folk-punk trio The Devil Makes Three (Jan. 21, 3:20 p.m.), desert-influenced Americana trio Escondido (Jan. 22, 3:20 p.m.), singer-songwriter KT Tunstall (Jan. 22, 5:45 p.m.), folk duo Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion (Jan. 23, 2:40 p.m.) and South African rock band The Parlotones (Jan. 24, 5 p.m.).
A credential ($200, or included with ticket packages) is required to attend any ASCAP shows, but shows at the Salt Lake City Festival Café are free and open to all.
SALT LAKE CITY FESTIVAL CAFÉ
Sicilia Pizza Kitchen
35 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City
SUNDANCE ASCAP MUSIC CAFÉ
751 Main, Park City