Calling all music fans! Do you wanna rock and roll all night? What about partying every day? Did you follow the Dead around for decades, surviving on grilled cheese and free love alone? Are you a Belieber/Little Monster/Juggalo/Swifty? All of the above? (Wow. Really? Tay-Tay and ICP?) Well then. Allow the salty city to sing you a song, piano man, "cause this summer"s concert lineup is ready to rock you like a hurricane.
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Thursday nights, July August
Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City (& Ogden Amphitheater, Ogden)
When the sun goes down and burns the tar up on the roof, get on a blanket with your baby at everyone"s favorite evening concert series. Unless you don"t like musical giants like De La Soul, Wu-Tang, The Flaming Lips and MGMT all past headliners in which case, come for the food trucks. So far they"ve announced Little Dragon (July 20) and the rest of this year"s lineup will be revealed April 13, so stay tuned. (See what we did there?) There"s also an Ogden edition of Twilight before the Salt Lake concerts start. Check them out, too.
Vivint SmartHome Arena, Salt Lake City
Cracklin" Rosie, get on board for a show with an epic crooner who is no stranger to bedazzled pantsuits. This guy has been slinging songs for solid decades now, and he knows how to rock it old-style. Think: rotating stages, magical hair, sing-alongs Remember, he is the sun, you are the moon, he is the words, you are the tune. Now let him play you.
Eccles Theater, Salt Lake City
Never trust a musician who doesn"t own a chain of rotisserie-chicken-based restaurants, we always say. Oh wait, that"s not what we always say. We always say never trust a musician who doesn"t cross genres with billboard-busting ease and has better facial hair than Chuck Norris. Get to the Eccles Theater and sail away with him to another world, where you can rely on each other (ah-ah).
River"s Edge, Heber
So you like multi-day mass music events but don"t necessarily like to die from sandstorms, dehydration, sunstroke or trampling (ahem *cough* Coachella)? Well the festival circuit just got easier, breezier and whole lot localer thanks to this homespun music getdown at the (Heber) river"s edge, where you can sip your bevvies while basking in the shadows of the Wasatch.
The Complex, Salt Lake City
Wise men say only fools rush the stage, but you can"t help falling (back) in love with this easy-listening reggae band. Sway to the snare drum and remember all those middle school slow dances you shoulda coulda woulda had. It"s not too late, especially with some red, red wine.
Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City
*Grunts* We"re trying not to do it *Grimaces* We"re really trying. Okay, okay we have to! Schoooooooool"s out. For. Summer! Schoooooooool"s out. For. Ever! And you, your gym teacher, and your principal are all gonna paint their faces and get stoopid crazy to celebrate, with some seriously gnarly rock at the home of renegade rock, yea verily, Kingsbury Hall? Question mark?
USANA Amphitheatre, West Valley
Hey teenage dirtbags! Here"s another chance to get that girl to finally listen to some Maiden with you at USANA (in case she finally realized she didn"t know what she was missing). Get your metal on and freak out some squares before you get old and square yourself.