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Park City Song Summit 2023 announces Summit Labs lineup

PARK CITY, Utah — From day one at Park City Song Summit—the intimate mountain retreat for music lovers held September 7-9 in Park City, Utah—founders wanted to put an emphasis on the power of the song, not just in performance, but their inspiration, development, and creation as well. That’s why half of Song Summit’s programming comes in the form of Summit Labs: open-ended discussions and panels designed to bring fans closer to the artists they love, both physically and contextually. Before fans and attendees take to the Canyons Amphitheater and the clubs of Park City in the evenings, Park City Song Summit artists will have already clued them into the why and how the music comes about, struggles and breakthroughs alike.

This year’s Song Summit Labs include subjects like The Tangled Roots of Black and Latinx Music, Rhythm of Recovery: Music and Mental Health, and Hip Hop: The First 50 Years—the last of which is a discussion with two of the genre’s greatest trailblazers, Chuck D and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels—as well as on-site live podcast recordings of Joe Pug’s Working Songwriter and Eric Krasno’s Plus One. There are also a number of songwriter rounds and songwriter “Hall of Fame Tributes” featuring the likes of JD Souther, Jeffrey Steele, and Even Stevens. A full list of Song Summit Labs can be found below.

In the evenings, Summit Lab participants will take to stages around Park City to bring their music to life. This year’s Song Summit performance lineup finds hit country songwriters like Jeffrey Steele and Earl Bud Lee on the same list as hip hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels; Cuban wunderkind Cimafunk next to R&B guitar shredder Celisse; and New Orleans legend Anders Osborne and Grammy-winning guitarist, songwriter, and producer Eric Krasno alongside Dead legend, Bobby Weir—who’s making a grand return to Park City forty years after his band’s show there. A full list of performers can be found at

Park City Song Summit 2023 will be held in a new location at The Canyons Village. “The Canyons Village reflects the intention of our programming and provides ample physical room for our minds and hearts to roam in a variety of settings,” says Anderson. Three-day Summit Passes and add-ons, single-day passes, and individual show tickets are on sale now at this link.

Park City Song Summit Lab Lineup:

Road Dog Wellness moderated by Dave Margulies with Steve Poltz

SongwritingWith: Soldiers – The Healing Power of Music moderated by Joe Pug with Jay Clementi

Alchemy Healing: Ancient Wisdom For Modern Times with Leta Herman

The Tangled Roots of Black and Latinx Music moderated by Holly G with Rissi Palmer and Enrique Chi

Songwriter Hall of Fame Tribute with host Aaron Benward and Jeffery Steele

“Porch Talking the Blues” A Panel Discussion of the Radical Southern, Black, Femme Roots of the Blues moderated by Tressie McMillan Cottom with Adia Victoria and Celisse

Technology and Songwriting: An Album Forged from Lockdown moderated by Joe Pug with Eric Krasno, Otis McDonald, and Mike Chiavaro

Songwriting Workshop with Steve Poltz

“How She Move” The Embodied Poetics of BluesSpeech and BluesMovement choreographed by Gabriel Terry with Adia Victoria, Ciona Rouse, Caroline Randall Williams, and Celisse

Live: Plus One Podcast hosted by Eric Krasno with Matisyahu

Power Women in the Industry moderated by Marissa R. Moss with Emily Lichter and Lenore Kinder

Songwriter Round with Ruby Amanfu, Sam Ashworth, and Joe Pug

Hip Hop: The First 50 Years moderated by David Manheim with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Chuck D

This Land is Your Land: A Conversation with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

Songwriting Workshop with Matt Warren and Josh Jenkins

Songs in the Key of Life: Songwriting of Stevie Wonder moderated by Tressie McMillan Cottom with Celisse, Danielle Ponder and Brittney Spencer

Color Me Country moderated by Marissa R. Moss with Rissi Palmer

Songwriter Hall of Fame Tribute with host Aaron Benward and JD Souther

Cimafunk and the Cubano Music Revolution moderated by Anthony Mason with Cimafunk

Live: Working Songwriter Podcast with host Joe Pug and Paul Janeway of St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Songwriting Workshop with Ruby Amanfu and Sam Ashworth

Havana Funk Experience – Passing the Torch to the Next Generation of Jazz and Funk Artists with Collin Laverty, Bill Taylor, and the Havana Funk kids

Embodiment, Meditation & Movement moderated by Ruthie Lindsey with music by Joy Oladokun

1 Million Strong presents “Rhythm of Recovery: Music and Mental Health” with Anders Osborne and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

The Birth of a Culture with Grandmaster Flash and David Manheim

Iconic Rock n’ Roll Photography with Jay Blakesberg

Songwriter Hall of Fame Tribute with host Aaron Benward and Even Stevens

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