Gordon Strang, Southern Utah Song Writers Association board member, said this is the twelfth year that the two-part concert series has provided free public entertainment – performed by Southern Utah musicians – in the Ancestor Square courtyard. He said each Thursday-night show goes from 7 to about 8:30 p.m., and guests are welcome to bring their chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to relax and enjoy the music.
He said the bi-annual concert series was split into two, 4-week cycles; one in the spring, and then one in the fall. In 2013, Strang said SUSWA organizers attempted to extend the concert series for eight weeks, but the St. George weather was too unpredictable to ensure a good turn out every Thursday.
“We were pushing our luck last year, especially in the fall,” he said. “So, we decided this year just to go back to the regular format.”
Each week in May, Strang said there would be a different SUSWA member performing in the series. He said membership is required to perform, because the goal is to connect the community to the immensely talented local music scene.
“Were kicking it off this year with a brand new super-group,” Strang said. “A band made of super musicians from St. George and it’s a new lineup – a band called Many Miles.”
According to the facebook event page, Many Miles – Debut Performance at Ancestor Square, the first show’s feature band is an experimental ensemble that brings together a collective diversity in influences and style.
“The members of Many Miles have spent years in various rock, pop, folk, jazz, blues, ska-punk, country and bluegrass outfits,” their facebook page reported.
Led by vocalists Dave Tate and Victoria Lagerstrom, Many Miles performs original music whose soft sounds echo the depth and complexity of love, life and the world around them in an earthy tone – as in the song Gone Too Long, found at www.manymilesband.com.
Though there is usually an opening act, Strang said that tonight’s show would feature only Many Miles. Each additional show through May will have an opening act, and a headlining performer.
Strang said the Lawn Darts with Dean Gifford would perform May 15; John Van Wagoner joined by Megan Huard May 22; And Pierco Allred with Blackhawk Walters May 29.
Each performance begins at 7 p.m. in Ancestor Square, 2 W. St. George Blvd., St George, Utah 84770.
Information is available at www.suswa.com or by calling 435-656-8238.
More information about tonight’s band Many Miles, and music samples can be found at www.manymilesband.com.