BOUNTIFUL - Peter Breinholt hasn’t forgotten the people of Bountiful.
Brienholt, who will perform a free concert July 11 at 7 p.m. at Bountiful City Park, remembers that local residents were some of his most loyal fans after the release of his first album, 1993’s “Songs About the Great Divide.” Before the Internet became so commonly used, they were some of the people who spread the word about the album and helped make it popular.
“Bountiful High School was one of the very first groups that started showing up en masse to my concerts,” said Breinholt. “I’ve always felt a bit of a connection to Bountiful.”
Still, it’s been a while since he made a return visit. Though he played at the Ed Kenley Amphitheatre in Layton last December, he hasn’t played in Bountiful since 2005.
“It’s been awhile,” he said. “This will give us the chance to get reacquainted.”
In honor of that, Brienholt plans to focus the performance largely on songs from his earlier albums, including “Great Divide” and 1996’s “Heartland.”
“Those were the albums Bountiful originally got behind,” he said. “I’m hoping there will still be some of those people in the audience, and they’ll like it.”
That connection to fans is what helps make local concerts special for him. Though he grew up in Pennsylvania, he started performing regularly at coffee house-style venues while attending college in Utah.
As with the Bountiful High group, there are plenty of local fans who have been with him since the beginning. When they can sing along with all of the songs, he said, it’s an experience that can’t be replicated.
“They’re my people,” he said. “They’ll know all the stories behind the songs, and often say that a particular song reminds them of a certain period in their lives.”
As someone who feels that kind of connection to other musicians like Paul McCartney, Brienholt said he’s honored when people feel that way about him.
“When that crowd is in front of me, there’s nothing else like it,” he said. “I love it.”
Bountiful City Park is located at 400 N. 200 West. Seating is first come, first serve, so organizers suggest arriving early in order to get the best seats. Donations for the Bountiful Food Pantry will also be collected at the concert.