Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Sweet Remains Harmonize on Film, in Concert
Two of the Sweet Remains trio graduated from Middlebury College, which attracts many youngsters from the Wood River Valley.
Friday, February 1, 2019


Watch the film. Then see the band.

That’s the unique opportunity you have with The Sweet Remains.

On Monday the Sun Valley Center for the Arts will screen “The Independents,” a musical comedy and drama about three musicians who find harmony and then strive to keep that harmony while touring.

The three men who make up The Sweet Remains, who star in the movie, will field questions following the movie, which airs at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Magic Lantern Cinemas. And they may even sing a song.

Then on Wednesday you can see the American indie folk-rock perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Argyros Performing Arts Center. The concert is part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ 2018-19 Performing Arts Series.

The Sweet Remains is an unusual band, headed as it is by three singer-songwriters who each contribute to the writing and the three-part harmonies that define the band’s sound.

Rich Price, Greg Naughton and Brian Chartrand met at a jam session in a Rhode Island hotel room in 2008 and were instantly drawn to each other. And they’ve found a way to make it work, even though they reside in such diverse states as Vermont, New York and Arizona.

Their harmonies are said to hearken back to groups like the Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills and Nash. And it’s proven successful—they’ve gotten more than 35 million plays on Spotify—a rare feat for an all-indie band.

Their debut albums, “Laurel & Sunset” received a pick-of the week notice from USA Today, and they’ve recorded a few more since.

 “When they harmonize together, it’s just magic,” said Kristine Bretall, The Center’s director of performing arts. “During the course of a show they’ll often gather around one mic and sing a cappella, which is part of the history of the group.”

Greg Naughton wrote and directed the film. The Hollywood Reporter hailed it as “an extremely engaging film (that) subverts all the clichés of the star-is-born story.”

The film was released in late 2018 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and it has been making rounds at film festivals around the country. The Omaha Film Festival awarded it grand jury prize for Best Feature Film.

Naughton, who comes from a family of performers including father James Naughton, wife Kelli O’Hara and uncle David Naughton, calls the film an exploration of the unusual dynamics of being in a band.

“Being in a touring band is really interesting,” he said. “Eleven years in now with these guys, I’m fascinated by this strange and unique relationship we have together. It’s not like any relationship I have with other grown men. We can drive each other nuts or make beautiful music together. And we’ve had a million strange experiences doing this together.”

The group will also work in local schools as part of The Center’s Professional Artist Residency Program.

Tickets for the film are $10 for Center members and $12 for non-members, available online at www.sunvalleycenter.org.

Tickets for Wednesday’s concert begin at $35 for Center members and $45 for nonmembers, available at www.sunvalleycenter.org, by phone at 208-726-9491 or at The Center’s box office at 191 Fifth Street East in Ketchum.

Tickets for students 18 and under are $17.50 for regular seating and $30 for premium seating.


The International Guitar Night, returning to Sun Valley for the third straight year, is sold out. The concert, part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ 2018-19 Concert Series, is Feb. 12 at the Argyros Performing Arts Center.


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