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Provo Celebrates Its 167th Anniversary

On its 167th birthday, Provo City explores the history of a notable Provo music composition, promotes the local scene, and releases a goofy music video.

By Zach Collier

Today marks the 167th anniversary of Provo’s founding. In honor of the occasion, Provo City is hosting a Provo Founders’ Day celebration today at Provo Pioneer Village from 5 to 8PM. The event will feature tours of the village, storytelling, enactments, and refreshments. A short program at 6:30PM will feature Provo historian Robert Carter and storyteller/musician Elaine Brewster. There will be a performance of the song “When It’s Springtime in the Rockies,” a song written in Provo by Robert Sauer and Mary Hale Woolsey. It was first recorded by Bud and Joe Billings in 1929, but was made famous by Gene Autry. Autry rose to fame in the 1930’s and is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is best known for singing “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and his song “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

On his blog, Mayor John Curtis made specific mention of the Foreign Figures album release show. It’s going on tonight at the Provo Airport in the UVU Hangar from 7:30-10:30 PM. You can get $1 off per ticket using the promo code: provobirthday. Tickets are available online. If you haven’t read it already, check out our advance review of the new album.

Provo City government also released this goofy little video to celebrate. You’ve gotta admire the fact that they recorded a fully arranged song, complete with gospel choir harmonies. It was performed by the band Lindenfield. Other performers featured on the track are Taylor Olson, Aaron Hatch, and Weston Wride. In the past, the LA-based band has worked with Jared Gay and Colin Hatch – the guys behind Space Venture Coalition. You can check out the video below.

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