The Salt Lake City Arts Council (Arts Council) and Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) are pleased to announce the 2017 Twilight Concert Series lineup. This year, the Twilight Concert Series is celebrating an amazing 30 years of programming. One of the highlights of summer in downtown Salt Lake City, the series is held on Thursday evenings July through August and presents a wide range of outstanding musicians from across the country and around the world.
The Salt Lake City Arts Council is incredibly excited to celebrate 30 years with another amazing season of live music in downtown Salt Lake City. The 2017 lineup is an extension of the diverse and artistic programming that has been sought and achieved over the years. The Arts Council will continue to foster the positive experiences shared within the Twilight Concert Series community. This lineup is a great representation of the 30 collective years of artists that Twilight has showcased, and gives everyone a great reason to come celebrate together this summer!
2017 Twilight Concert Series general admission tickets are $7.50 in advance or $10 the day of show. $5 single and $35 general admission season early bird tickets are available now through May 14.
The VIP Lounge at Twilight will once again be available for the public ages 21 and over and offers an exclusive experience including a private cash bar, private restrooms, special pre-show performances and other evening entertainment. VIP Lounge tickets include access to both the general admission concert venue and lounge. VIP Lounge access is first come, first served and limited. Early bird VIP Lounge tickets are $25 for a single show or $165 for a season pass until May 14. After May 14 VIP Lounge tickets will be $30 for a single show and $190 for a season pass.
Tickets are available at www.24tix.com and all Graywhale Entertainment locations throughout the valley.
This year, the Arts Council welcomes Salt Lake Community College as the 2017 Title Sponsor. The Salt Lake City Arts Council supports the SLCC vision of inclusiveness and transformative education. Together, student and community engagement helps promote diverse cultures and perspectives. With collaboration, community and inclusivity among the school’s core values, the Arts Council is pleased to bridge the gap between arts and education and have SLCC on board for this year’s 30-year milestone anniversary.
The concerts are accompanied by the Twilight Market, where people of all ages can enjoy this festival-like atmosphere with local food and beverages. New this year, the Arts Council is partnering with the Food Truck League to bring a variety of food vendors each week. Follow Twilight social media feeds for updates on which awesome food trucks will be onsite each week! The Arts Council is also pleased to once again partner with Craft Lake City DIY Festival to present the Craft Market showcasing Salt Lake City’s eclectic variety of talented artisans specializing in a variety of mediums including jewelry, screen-printing, craft foods and DIY-engineered electronics.
In keeping with the program’s mission to connect artists and the public, the Arts Council continues its partnerships with Salt Lake City Weekly, KRCL 90.9FM, SLUG Magazine and the Urban Arts Festival to program local musical openers for all seven concerts.
2017 Twilight Concert Series Lineup:
Little Dragon: Gothenburg’s Little Dragon has steadily grown from being the biggest underground secret to international acclaim after four successful albums and touring all over the world. Their energetic live set and unique recording process has made fans out of some of the biggest names in music including Pharrell Williams, Questlove, and OutKast.
Xenia Rubinos: Vocalist and composer Xenia Rubinos’ powerhouse vocals are at the center of her music which grows from a wide range of influences from R&B to hip-hop to Caribbean rhythms and jazz all delivered with a soulful punk aura.
Kurt Vile & the Violators: Philadelphia singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s combination of low fi rock stylings and unique songwriting have made him one of the premiere voices in indie rock today.
Whitney: On their debut, Light Upon the Lake, Whitney made casually melancholic music that combines the wounded drawl of Townes Van Zandt, the rambunctious energy of Jim Ford, the stoned affability of Bobby Charles, the American otherworldliness of The Band, and the slack groove of early Pavement.
Kamasi Washington: A universally talented saxophone player who’s 2015 triple-disc masterpiece The Epic debuted on iTunes jazz charts across the globe at the same time as his work on Kendrik Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly was blowing up the musicsphere. Kamasi and his ten piece ensemble “The Next Step” give a genre-bending, modern spin on the big band.
Antibalas: Born in a Brooklyn warehouse in 1997, 12-piece ensemble Antibalas is credited with introducing Afrobeat to a wider global audience, influencing countless musicians and developing a live show that is the stuff of legend.
Solange: Singer, songwriter and producer, Solange Knowles’ 2016 album, A Seat at the Table, co-executive produced alongside Raphael Saadiq, debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Solange describes A Seat At The Table, which she began writing in 2013, as “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.”
Kaytranada: Born in Haiti and raised in the city of Montreal, Canadian artist Kaytranada has experienced an explosive rise in the past couple of years with his irresistible production and live DJ sets. He continues to bridge the gap between the dance world and hip hop/R&B. His stellar album 99.9% recorded with a series of high profile collaborations, only confirms his position as one of the most important producers in today’s musical landscape.
Cat Power (solo): American singer-songwriter and musician Chan Marshall has worked on a number of different projects under the Cat Power moniker since the early 90’s. Critics have noted the constant evolution of Cat Power’s sound, with a “mix of punk, folk and blues” on her earliest albums, and elements of soul and other genres more prevalent in her later material. Her 2012 album Sun incorporated electronica, in a self-proclaimed move from the “really slow guitar songs” she initially wrote for the album.
(Special Guest) TBA
August 24: TBA
The Roots: Having previously released twelve projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys, including “Best R&B Album” for Wake Up!, “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” for “Hang in There” (with John Legend) and “Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance” for “Shine.” The ensemble was most recently nominated for “Best Rap Album” for the 2011 release of undun. Recently The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone and became the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where they currently perform every Monday- Friday. The Roots celebrated the release of their 11th studio album …and then you shoot your cousin in May 2014.
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires: The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley has made a name for himself as a riveting live performer. His remarkable against-all-odds story and rise from his first release, No Time For Dreaming on through to his most recent album, Changes, can only be matched by the soul singer’s funky, heartfelt live performance each time he graces the stage.
Gates open at 5:00pm and music starts at 6:30pm at Pioneer Park located at 350 West 300 South in downtown Salt Lake City. Visit www.twilightconcerts.com for updates and further information. Follow us on Facebook at Twilight Concert Series, Twitter @SLCtwilight #slctwilight, and Instagram @slctwilight #slctwilight.