By MATT WEST
Local musicians and music lovers can now “harmonize” with the Internet like never before.
Utah Harmony, at www.utahharmony.com, is the newest information service for anyone involved in music here in the Utah Valley. The site’s official grand opening was Monday.
“The idea is that if you have any interest in music — whether it’s to buy or sell gear, or to see a local band, or any musical group for that matter — then this will be a great resource,” said Darren Rhodes, founder of the website.
Rhodes, who is a BYU student majoring in communications marketing, hopes the new site will be a valuable and easily available tool for the local music community.
Utah Harmony is packed full of pages to promote local musicians. There are sections for jazz, rock/alternative, classical and other, where artists can post profiles, sound-clips and calendars for their groups. Bands can also set up links to their own websites.
For anyone interested in attending music shows there is a long-range comprehensive calendar with events from all across the state. There’s also a “Who’s Playing Tonight” section that is updated daily.
People can post classified ads on the webpage for anything from selling equipment to looking for band members. Private music teachers can also post information on the site about their rates and services. Even public and private schools can use the site to help promote their music programs.
“There is really a lot of musical talent here in the valley,” Rhodes said.
Though Utah Harmony is principally maintained for music here in Utah valley, Rhodes says he hopes to expand the service to musicians all across the state.
“We have already had some interest from some groups in Salt Lake,” he said.
Some of the greatest things about Utah Harmony are the specials and deals you can get from the site. Local businesses and sponsors post coupons and advertise specials that can only be obtained from Utah Harmony.
Rhodes said that sponsors and bands are also providing free prizes to be given away on-line for the grand opening this Monday.