Peter Breinholt remembers the first time his band played in Tooele.
“We didn’t know what to expect and it took us off guard with the size of the crowd and the enthusiasm,” he said. “I think last year, though, was my favorite show out there. Tooele has been a very consistent gig for us.”
Breinholt will play at Fridays on Vine again this week to kick off the city’s Fourth of July celebration.
He will be joined by vocalist and bass guitar player Mike Ensign; vocalist, keyboard and guitar player Bryan Hague; and drummer Kevin Davis.
Breinholt’s career started to climb when his talent was recognized by fellow students at the University of Utah back in 1993, according to his biographical information.
Not long after his time at the U, he began selling out local theaters and concert halls including Kingsbury Hall, Capitol Theatre, Tuachan, the de Jong Concert Hall, Ellen Eccles Theatre and other venues.
In Nov. 2016, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert awarded Breinholt the Utah Governor’s Mansion Artist Award for a lifetime of achievement in the arts.
Breinholt said he plans to include several new songs at Fridays on Vine, including one he recently wrote while in Ecuador with his family
“In addition to new songs, we’re actually pulling out songs from our older albums that we just haven’t done in years,” he said. “We’re trying to make our shows feel completely new this summer.”
He said some of his popular songs are “You Wear Flowers” and “Jerusalem,” both of which are from his first album. “Edwin’s Tale—1862” is up there as well, Breinholt said.
“People connect certain memories to certain songs and once that happens, it becomes part of a sort of life soundtrack and it takes years for that to happen,” he said.
Breinholt and his family returned to Utah in June after living five months in Canoa, Ecuador, as part of a house swap with a professor who had an assignment to teach one semester at the University of Utah this year.
“The professor and her husband owned a beach house and my wife and I thought it looked perfect. We’ve wanted to do this kind of thing for a long time. Our kids all learned to surf. I wrote some songs, got robbed on the beach once, re-learned my Spanish (the rest of the family utterly failed here), and got to experience a simplicity we don’t get very often in Holladay, Utah,” Breinholt said. “Meanwhile, the professor and her husband loved Salt Lake City, particularly the skiing, and have already expressed an interest in doing it again.”
Fridays on Vine starts at 7 p.m. at Tooele City Aquatic Center Park at 200 W. Vine. Seating is limited and patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair.