Soul-stomping piano rock is on the docket Wednesday as PARK88 will perform a free concert at Third Space Studios in Provo.
PARK88 is the husband-and-wife Park City duo featuring Rich Wyman and Lisa Needham. Wyman, a singer-songwriter and pianist extraordinaire has been well-known in the Park City area for a long time. Wyman’s writing and performance skills have impressed many people — including none other than Eddie Van Halen, who played guitar on and produced several tracks on Wyman’s early 1990s album “Fatherless Child.”
Wyman’s latest project has been developing Park88. He and Needham became empty nesters a few years ago and began writing a lot of songs together, which eventually became their new record, “The Fearlessness.”
“Since we met in New York City, Lisa has always sung with me,” Wyman said in an email interview. “It began in our apartment — as I was playing songs, she would come over and harmonize. I have never heard anyone singing such beautiful harmonies to my music.”
The duo performed at a bevy of venues in New York City, doing both big and small shows while honing their musical partnership.
“Working together as partners in PARK88 has been a dream of ours for many years,” Wyman said. “And now the time is right.”
Wyman said the group’s musical style is based in rock piano.
“I grew up playing a lot of styles: classical, jazz, rock,” he said. “So my piano playing is diverse, but it’s based in percussive dynamic piano playing. I was inspired growing up by Keith Jarrett, Roy Bittan, Billy Joel and Elton John. My singing is raspy and Lisa’s singing style is smoother. She comes in from more of a music theater and jazz background.”
The group recently returned from a tour opening for the Gipsy Kings.
PARK88’s Third Space performance will be a band show, also including drums/percussion and bass. And did we mention admission was free? (Raffle tickets will be sold for various prizes.)
Wednesday’s show is set for 7:30 p.m. Third Space is located at 247 W. Center St. in Provo.
— Doug Fox