OneRepublic, Sara Bareilles bid summer farewell at Park City concert
Park City • OneRepublic tore through its high-energy show Saturday night at the Deer Valley Amphitheatre in Park City.
Lead singer Ryan Tedder hit all the high notes in the choruses of opening songs such as "Secrets" and "All the Right Moves," but seemed a bit breathless through the fast-paced verses.
It apparently was a combination of the thin mountain air and three ounces of Don Julio for the Colorado native, but he seemed to pace himself better as the evening quickly progressed through the lesser-known tracks from deeper in his albums, such as "What You Wanted," from the prolific band's latest album "Native."
Not even 20 minutes and six songs into the set, Tedder's vocals seemed to settle into the night as he belted through "Stop and Stare" to the crowd's screaming delight.
In a pleasant moment of concert pacing, acoustic guitarist Zach Filkins showed off some gorgeous Spanish guitar stylings to open the song "Counting Stars," which also featured opener Serena Ryder on guitar and backup vocals.
Lead man and songwriter Tedder's ability to pen songs that garner play on nearly every radio station and countless Hollywood soundtracks had the audience enthusiastically singing along throughout most of the 75-minute set. They played until they hit the 10 p.m. Park City curfew when "the Park City Fire Department comes and tucks each and every one of us into bed," Tedder said.
It's the fifth year OneRepublic has performed in Park City, usually at Sundance. The band headlined a July Deer Valley show in 2010, and Tedder said the band specifically requested performing Saturday night.
"Life's too short. You've got to hang out where you like the place, like the people, like the scenery," Tedder said.
Sara Bareilles, who played an equally long set ahead of the headliners, thanked the audience for their support, saying she had been through a rough year including relocating from Los Angeles to New York City in the middle of winter before attempting to launch into her song "Hercules" from her new album "The Blessed Unrest." She forgot the opening lyrics and had to restart, again forgetting the lyrics but getting the help from members of her six-piece band.
She joked off the gaffe afterward and continued her otherwise strong, lyrical and reflective 75-minute set that included a powerful cover of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and the audience favorites and radio staples "Love Song," "Brave," "King of Anything" and "Uncharted."
Bareilles interacted well with the audience, even jokingly accepting a marriage proposal from the stage, but caveating it with the fact her father would want to know what the proposer would have to offer her.
The evening proved an excellent way to bid summer and its outdoors concerts a fond farewell until next year.
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