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Twilight Concert Series Lineup Announced

by Dan Nailen
- Posted // 2010-04-29 -

In what the Salt Lake City Arts Council's Casey Jarman termed "a closely guarded but very poorly kept secret," Pioneer Park was named the new home of the Twilight Concert Series for at least the summer of 2010. Six of the eight shows were announced Thursday morning as well.

The season starts with Modest Mouse and Avi Buffalo on July 8, and ends with She & Him on August 26. In between are shows by Girltalk (July 15), Beirut (July 22), the New Pornographers with openers the Dodos (July 29) and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings with opener Jamie Lidell(August 5). The two shows slated for August 12 and August 19 still need to be confirmed, Jarman said.

Regarding the move to Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker said "We're thrilled for Salt Lake City and this whole part of our downtown."

Jarman said he looked at a couple dozen potential spots for the series once the Gallivan Center renovation project was put into place, eventually landing at Pioneer Park because of its size, location and park atmosphere that was preferable to a cement parking lot or closed-off street.

"It was pretty evident walking through (Pioneer Park), this is the space to be," Jarman said, noting that he knew the series was outgrowing Gallivan Center about five years ago. The free Thursday concerts average about 15,000 attendees, and have gone as high as 23,000.

There will be beer and wine sales, as there was at Gallivan, but the city and arts council are still working out the logistics. It might be a beer garden situation like the Living Traditions Festival uses at Washington Square.

Becker said he has high hopes for what the concerts can do for Pioneer Park, especially with the successful Downtown Farmers Market and other, smaller events already making positive changes in a place renowned for its drug trade and homeless population.

The arrival of the Twilight Concert Series, Becker said, will help "make Pioneer Park what it should be, a jewel in the middle of our city."

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Posted // April 30,2010 at 15:53

this line up is awful. say hi to the hipster and teenie boppers for me!


Posted // April 30,2010 at 14:56

Hey so I figured it out, people have been asking why the series is so indie this year in comparison to years past - well it's always had some indie but clearly this year takes the cake. So, turns out the staff of an independent local record store is claiming they booked the lineup, according to their blog at least and all over FB. From the looks of it the staff is running the record store and picking bands for this thing. Make sense yet? Not to be too harsh, I guess they sold tshirts for the these guys last year, but cleary they've upgraded from tshirts.


Posted // April 30,2010 at 13:16

Yeah but the jazz festival costs money unfortunatley, use to be free but isn't anymore - I'm sure that's why it's not as big of a deal. Man people love free shit more than anything, but yeah it's a bummer there's this huge summer thing available for free that used to hook it up for everyone's taste but it's all the same type of music now - kinda sucks for the rest of us


Posted // April 30,2010 at 11:26

This lineup is amazing. I thought it could not get better from last year of the year before but I am ceased to be amazed. Thank you, thank you, thank you Twilight Concert Series!!!!!!!!!!


Posted // April 30,2010 at 13:16 - for sure!


Posted // April 30,2010 at 11:36 - haha better than last year? You have to be joking!!! Last year had Sonic Youth, The Black Keys, Q-Tip (omg!!!), Iron & Wine, Jenny Lewis. Toots, Robert Randolph just to name a few...there has been for years at least something there for everyone to enjoy. This year is clearly not for everyone, there is an obvious audience in mind and it's really disappointing.


Posted // April 29,2010 at 20:52

What a bunch of lame crap.


Posted // April 30,2010 at 11:37 - agreed!


Posted // April 30,2010 at 08:33 - Ditto.


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