Melody & Tyler are a dynamic duo of acoustic musicians who have been making music together for over four years. They are also the co-creators of The Acoustic All-Stars Music Festival, an annual event held in Park City.
This year marks the four-year anniversary of the three-day festival. So, we talked to Melody and Tyler to find out more about the festival, the musicians involved with it and why you should go.
Describe your music.
Imagine, if you will, a dark room filled with people, the sound of two guitars strumming separate patterns but together in time and as Tyler creates a rhythmic edge that is like a strumming beat, Melody sings like a fallen angel painting a picture of a haunted past to a rock 'n' roll anthem with acoustic guitars. This is a night at a Melody & Tyler show.
You two organize an annual festival called The Acoustic All-Stars Music Festival. Tell us about the festival.
We Started the festival because we wanted to help build a network of musicians to build a better music scene in Utah. The idea was originally to give lesser known musicians a chance to play a great show with more seasoned musicians and then also get a chance to talk to them for advice on their career in music. We think that if we all build a brotherly respect and unselfish behavior of performers, we can build this scene and grow it into a more dedicated breed of musicians.
We have found many musicians who are just as good if not better than a band who can pull as many people in to see them and they're not your typical acoustic music. It helps put all the artists on a leveled playing ground and also it's fun to hear the people who are normally in a band play another version of their songs.
How do you select what artists will play at the festival?
We don't let anyone in the fest without an application even if they're our best friends. We are very serious about that. Once the application deadline passes, we sit down with an undisclosed committee and listen to all the applicants. They are rated by a few things. They must have a certain level of talent, they must be performing on a regular basis and it helps if they have a hand in trying to build a better Utah music scene and are good at networking and gig trading.
Why should people attend the festival?
If you like music, want to hear something different, enjoy fun people in a fun atmosphere, want a chance to take a weekend to relax and make new friends and get to hear up-and-coming musicians you may or may not have heard before, this is the place for you. The styles range from bluegrass to rock, to pop, to easy listening, to folk to gypsy. The fest is held in The Downstairs, a bar with a great staff, super cool people and very friendly performers. Also if you want to stay the weekend, Park City Lodging is giving 25% off to call-in reservations if you mention the fest.