SALT LAKE CITY — July marks the 25th anniversary of Salt Lake's ever popular Twilight Concert Series, and there are changes to mark the milestone.
This year the series has increased its lineup from seven to nine concerts, including the likes of DevotchKa, Beach House and local performer Joshua James. Iron & Wine and M. Ward will also return after previously participating.
"I think what we have here is a really great selection of artists. These artists that are performing this year are superb artists," said Casey Jarman, Twilight's concert director.
After 24 years of being a free concert series, a $5 entrance fee has been added this year per show.
"It became too costly and too crowded and too successful really," Jarman said. "With success comes the increased responsibilities of managing the crowds, and the increased responsibility of making it fiscally responsible."
Last year's series had an average of 33,000 visitors per concert, with Lupe Fiasco topping the numbers at more than 53,000.
The series runs every Thursday from July 5 to Aug. 30 at Pioneer Park, 350 W. 300 South, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and music beginning at 7 p.m.
Seating is first come, first served and no chairs or blankets are allowed in the immediate stage area. "Twilight Market" will offer a variety of food, beverages and locally made crafts for purchase.
Although not all types of music are represented, Jarman believes anyone can still enjoy the concerts.
"I think that if someone comes down and they're not a fan of indie rock and roll, and they're not a fan of hip hop or anything else we're doing, I think they are still going to be very impressed with these artists."
Tickets are available for purchase at the show, online at www.24tix.com and at all Graywhale locations. They cost $5 per show or $35 for the entire season.
For more information visit www.twilightconcertseries.com