Everyone knows that Utahns play during the winter months — thank you, ski resorts — but the Beehive state hasn't forgotten that people like to get out during the hot months, too. And what better way to enjoy the state's beautiful summer nights than with good live music?
Here's a list of 27 outdoor concert series to get music lovers outside and grooving this summer. Please note that the date given indicates each series' start date and that this list is not all-inclusive.
May 23 — Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series
This summer the Red Butte Garden concert series is offering 29 concerts that cover a wide range of genres and extends into mid-September. The season kicks off with U.K. rockers Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson on May 23. Other headliners include Jason Mraz & his Superband (June 20), Santana (June 28), Amos Lee (July 13), The Head and the Heart (Aug. 13), ZZ Top (Aug. 31), Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Sept. 8) and Sheryl Crow (Sept. 13). Because Red Butte members have first access to tickets, many of these shows have sold out. For more information about the lineup and ticket prices, visit http://www.redbuttegarden.org/concerts/.
May 26 — SoDa Row Summer Concert Series
Club Rock will start off Daybreak’s SoDa Row concert series with a dance party on May 26. This free summer concert series is hosted by independent community council LiveDAYBREAK and takes place at 11274 Kestrel Rise Road, South Jordan. Featured performers include Utah Valley bands The Strike (May 27), Foreign Figures (June 9) and VanLadyLove (June 10). Good Vibrations: A Celebration of the Beach Boys will take the stage on June 17. Other acts include Imagine — A Beatles Tribute (July 7), Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four (July 29), Roy Rivers' John Denver Tribute (Aug. 5), and Fire at Will & Ryan Shupe (Aug. 12). For the full lineup, view livedaybreak.com.
May 27 — Summer Concerts at the Homestead
A musical lineup of bluegrass, folk, Americana, country and jazz is coming to Heber Valley this summer. Beginning May 27, free concerts will be offered Saturdays at 7 p.m. through Sept. 16. The series opens with Q’d Up, an ensemble of BYU jazz professors. Other highlights include The Backyard Revival (June 10), two-time Grammy-winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal (June 24), Molly in the Mineshaft (Aug. 5) and Joshua Creek (Aug. 26). All concerts take place at the Homestead Resort, 700 Homestead Drive, Midway. For the full lineup, see http://homesteadresort.com/free-summer-concert-event/.
May 29 — SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre
Soft rock duo Air Supply will be kicking off the SCERA outdoor concert series, located at 699 State St., Orem, on Memorial Day. The series will also feature two-week runs of musicals including “Hairspray” (June 9-June 24), “Seussical: The Musical” (July 7-22) and Brigadoon (Aug. 4-19). Other acts include Acapella group Take 6 (June 26), country singer Craig Morgan (July 24), Rock! Classical — a classical twist on classic rock tunes with Jenny Oaks Baker, Kurt Bestor and the Utah Valley Symphony (Aug. 21), and The Drifters (Aug. 28). The final show of the series will feature R&B band Tower of Power on Sept. 2. For more information and tickets, view https://www.scera.org/event-category/summer-season/.
June 1 — Ogden Twilight
In its third year, Ogden Twilight is bringing some big names to Weber County, including headlining acts OK Go (June 8) and The Shins (June 22). Concerts take place every Thursday in June at the Ogden Amphitheater, 343 E. 25th St. In addition to a headlining act, each show will also feature a local spotlight artist and a special guest, according to the website. Doors open at 5 p.m., with local spotlight bands playing at 6 p.m. and special guests at 7 p.m. The headliner will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $5 to $10 in advance and $8.50 to $13.50 the day of the show. Tickets are available at 24tix.com. For additional lineup information, visit http://www.ogdentwilight.com.
June 2 — Provo Rooftop Series
In its eighth year, the Provo Rooftop Series continues to bring free concerts to Utah Valley on the first Friday of every month, from May to September. The series showcases local musicians and bands, and kicked off the season earlier this month with rooftop veterans The Aces. Singer-songwriter Joshua James will headline the June 2 concert. The remaining concert lineups have not yet been announced. The shows are held outside the NuSkin building on 100 W. Center St. For more information, visit http://www.rooftopconcertseries.com.
June 2 — Concerts in the Park
Beginning June 2, free concerts will be held Tuesday and Friday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Brigham Young Historic Park, one block east of Temple Square. The series opens up with Broadway recording artist Dallyn Vail Bayles and extends through August. In the case of inclement weather, performances will be held at Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Other acts include Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band (June 16), country/Americana act Joshua Creek (June 20), cloggers and tap dancers Rocky Mountain Express (July 21), Jenny Oaks Baker (July 28) and The New Hot 5, a New Orleans-style Dixieland jazz band (Aug. 1). Ending the series is The Malibu Revue on Aug. 25. For the full lineup, view https://www.lds.org/bc/content/ldsorg/content/english/pdf/events/concerts-in-the-park-jun-jul-aug-2017.pdf.
June 3 — Sandy Amphitheater
The Sandy Amphitheater opens its summer concert series with a local highlight, featuring Utah-based American rock and bluegrass group, Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand on June 3. Other headliners include rock band Collective Soul (June 12), Ann Wilson of Heart (June 27), Air Supply (July 1), Donny and Marie Osmond (July 11 and 12), Dashboard Confessional (July 18), The Band Perry (July 21) and Purple Reign—The Prince Tribute (Aug. 15). Bringing an end to the series is Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals on Sept. 16. For tickets and other information, visit http://sandyamp.com.
June 5 — Summer Concerts in the Draper Historic Park
Free concerts will be held every Monday in June from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Draper Historic Park, 900 E. 12625 South. The monthlong series kicks off June 5 with bluegrass act Red Desert Ramblers. Americana group Joshua Creek will perform the following Monday, on June 12. Other performers include The Slickrock Gypsy (June 19) and Dueling Pianos Anywhere (June 26). View draper.ut.us/896/Concerts-in-the-Park for more information.
June 5 — Concerts in Quail Cove Park
In American Fork, concerts will take place Mondays from June 5-Aug. 14 at the Quail Cove Amphitheater, 851 E. 700 North. Opening up the series is a blend of jazz, funk and rock put on by The Fabulous Flynnstones. The following week will feature bluegrass group Red Desert Ramblers (June 12). Other acts include Festive People (June 19), who performed earlier this month at the Provo Rooftop Series, The Fab Folk, an acoustic tribute to The Beatles (Aug. 7) and Joshua Creek (Aug. 14). For the full lineup, view steeldaysaf.com.
June 7 — USANA Amphitheatre
The 20,000-seat Usana Amphitheatre, located at 5150 Upper Ridge Road, West Valley City, is hosting a large variety of musicians this summer.
John Mayer will be a part of the season’s opening show on June 7 — but not in his normal capacity. The singer-songwriter joins Dead and Company, a band consisting of former Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, in a performance that will draw from the Dead’s historic catalog of songs, according to usana-amp.com.
Other acts include rock ‘n’ roll and hair metal trio Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla (June 19), “La La Land” with the Utah Symphony (June 24), REO Speedwagon, STYX and Don Felder — formerly of The Eagles (June 27), Train, O.A.R and Natasha Bedingfield (July 6), Iron Maiden with special guests Ghost (July 7), Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton (Aug. 2), Green Day (Aug. 7), Willie Nelson & Family with Kasey Musgraves (Aug. 13) and Foreigner’s 40th anniversary tour (Aug. 26). For more lineup information, visit http://usana-amp.com. Tickets can be purchased through SmithsTix.com.
June 7 — Salt City Sounds Concert Series
Salt City Sounds presents free concerts on Wednesdays in June at 6 p.m. at the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. The lineup for this season has yet to be announced. View http://saltcitysounds.com for updates.
June 8 — Lunch Bunch Concert Series
Every weekday from noon to 1 p.m., the Lunch Bunch Concert Series brings free, live entertainment to the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City. Christian Coleman and The Blue Zen Band will be bringing a bluesy feel to Main St. on June 8 and July 20 as part of the series.
June 9—Midvale Arts Council Free Summer Concert Series
The Midvale Arts Council is bringing a diverse lineup of free entertainment to the Midvale City Park Amphitheater, 455 W. 7500 South, every Friday from June 9 through Aug. 4. Kicking off the series’ fourth year is classic rock and blues band Bent Fender. The following week will feature the instrumental world music of Incendio. Other acts include country/folk group Joshua Creek (June 23), the Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band (June 30), Cityjazz Big Band (July 14) and Latino pop act Jarabe Mexicano (July 28). The series ends with ‘80s rock cover band Channel Z. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m with lawn seating. For the full lineup, view midvalearts.com.
June 10 — Murray Arts in the Park
Murray Arts in the Park kicks off June 10 with Americana band Joshua Creek. All performances will take place at the Murray Park Amphitheater, 495 E. 5300 South. Productions of “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Music Man” will be featured throughout the summer, in addition to performances from the Murray Symphony Pops (July 1), Murray Concert Band (July 8), and Ballet Under the Stars, put on by the Murray Ballet Centre (July 14 - 15). The Murray Acoustic Music Festival will bring the summer series to an end on Sept. 4. For the full lineup and ticket prices, view http://murray.utah.gov/DocumentCenter/View/7281 or call 801-264-2614.
June 10 — Trailblazers Summer Concert Series
Surrounded by the red cliffs of Zion National Park, a summer concert series will begin June 10 with Utah-based country singer Eric Dodge. All performances will take place at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, 144 Lion Blvd., Springdale. Rising Provo band The National Parks will be bringing their blend of folk and pop music to southern Utah on July 8. Other highlights include country artist Collin Raye (Aug. 4), Nathan Pacheco (Aug. 11) and Utah Symphony (Aug. 29). For ticket prices and additional lineup information, visit octannershows.com.
June 11 — Blues, Brews and BBQ
Blues, Brews and BBQ is returning to Ogden Valley for its fifth year. Held at Snowbasin Resort, 3925 Snow Basin Road, Huntsville, the summer concert series offers free concerts every Sunday from June 11-Sept. 24. Three bands will perform each week, playing a variety of music from blues to funk and Americana to rock and roll. Headliners include Andy Frasco (July 23), Turnpike Troubadours (Aug. 13) and Los Lobos (Sept. 3). Events take place from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. on the lawn of Earl’s Lodge. To view the full lineup, visit snowbasin.com.
June 12 — Summer Nights with the Stars
Summer Nights with the Stars is presented by the Davis County Arts Council, and Neil Diamond fans that are still swooning from the singer’s concert earlier this year in Salt Lake might have an interest in the series’ opening event: “The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond,” put on by Diamond tribute artist Jack Wright.
Other acts coming to the Kenley Amphitheater, 403 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton, include David Archuleta (June 17), Ann Wilson of Heart (June 26), Chris Isaak (July 25), Nathan Pacheco (July 29), Idina Menzel (Aug. 19) and Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo and Toto (Sept. 4). The final show of the series is Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles on September 16. For the full lineup and to purchase tickets, visit tickets.davisarts.org.
July 1 – Stadium of Fire
The annual Stadium of Fire concert in Provo is a widely anticipated event with its blend of patriotism and music. Now in its 37th year, the 4th of July celebration at LaVell Edwards Stadium brings to town comedian Brian Regan, and country singers Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are available at freedomfestival.org and at the Brigham Young University Marriott Center ticket office.
July 1 — Deer Valley Music Festival
Kicking off July 1, the Deer Valley Music Festival is bringing to the Beehive state a lineup that should satisfy a wide spectrum of musical tastes — from classical to jazz to pop. Some of the acts coming to the Deer Valley Snow Park Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Drive, include The Beach Boys (July 8), The Music of Prince with the Utah Symphony (July 20), Diana Krall (July 21), "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" with the Utah Symphony (July 22) and Ben Folds (July 29). In the final performance of the series, the Utah Symphony presents a classical twist to “The Fab 4” with Classical Mystery Tour – A Tribute to the Beatles. For more information and tickets, visit deervalleymusicfestival.org.
July 3 — St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series
Put on by Park City Institute, Big Stars, Bright Nights is bringing 10 concerts to the city this summer. From July 3-Sept. 3, concert goers can gather at the Deer Valley Snow Park Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Drive, to hear music ranging from country to rock ‘n’ roll. Some headlining acts include Kellie Pickler (July 16), Melissa Etheridge (July 27), Smash Mouth (Aug. 18), Five for Fighting (Aug. 26) and Josh Turner (Sept. 3). For additional information, visit http://www.ecclescenter.org/big-stars-bright-nights.html.
July 7 — Bluebird Cafe Concert Series
Tucked away in the mountains of the Sundance Resort, the Bluebird Cafe Concert Series partners with the original Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to bring some deep country roots to Utah. Taking place Friday nights at the Eccles Stage Amphitheater, 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, this year’s series will feature several country singers out of Nashville. Featured performers include Charlie Worsham (July 7), Rivers Rutherford (July 14), Kim Carnes and Suzy Bogguss (Aug. 18) and Seth Ennis (Aug. 25). Bench seating for all concerts are sold out, but lawn seating is still available, according to sundanceresort.com. For more information and to purchase tickets, see https://www.sundanceresort.com/events/bluebird/.
July 9 — Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Also at the Sundance Mountain Resort is the Sounds of Summer concert series that offers performances every Sunday from July 9 through Sept. 10. The series highlights local bands and artists, and admission is free. The lineup has yet to be announced. For updates, visit https://www.sundanceresort.com/events/sounds-summer-concert-series/.
July 14 — Thursday Nights Rock the Park Concert Series
This summer, a free lineup of concerts is coming to Station Park, 140 N. Union Ave., in Farmington. Put on by University of Utah Health Care and beginning July 14, the concerts will take place Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:30 at Fountain Square. The series kicks off with party band The Salamanders, and will feature a variety of acts including acapella group T Minus 5 (July 21), The Reflection of Michael — Michael Jackson Tribute (July 28), Elton, The Early Years — Elton John Tribute (Aug. 4), Rat Pack Tribute (Aug. 11) and Kalimba — The Spirit of Earth, Wind and Fire (Aug. 18). For more information, visit shopatstationpark.com.
July 20 — Twilight Concert Series
Now in its 30th year, the Twilight Concert Series is bringing a diverse lineup to Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City this summer. Presented by the Salt Lake City Arts Council, the series will offer concerts on Thursdays from July 20 through Aug. 31. Kicking off the Twilight Series is Swedish electronic band Little Dragon. Other headlining acts include Solange (Aug. 10), Andrew Bird (Aug. 24) and The Roots (Aug. 31). For additional lineup information, view twilightconcerts.com. Tickets are available at 24tix.com.
July 31 — Brown Bag Concert Series
The Brown Bag Concert Series, now in its 40th year, offers free concerts in several downtown Salt Lake City locations, Monday through Friday from 12:15-1 p.m. The series begins Monday, July 31, and runs through Friday, Aug. 25, and will include 20 performances. For more information, visit http://saltlakearts.org/program/brown-bag-concert-series/.
September 1 — Moab Music FestivalComment on this story
The Moab Music festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer with a wide range of music performed against the backdrop of the city’s red rock venues. Throughout early September, the festival will highlight chamber music, jazz and traditional music from around the world. The opening event, titled “25 and Counting,” celebrates the festival’s 25th birthday with works by composers including Mozart, Beethoven and Leonard Bernstein — works that the composers wrote when they were 25 years old. Husband-and-wife banjo duo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn will perform the following night, Sept. 2. Music hikes will also take place throughout the festival. Prices vary by event. For ticket prices and the full lineup, view moabmusicfest.org.