The 28th season of the outdoor concert series, which will run every Thursday night July 16-Aug. 27 at Pioneer Park, will feature artists including Death Cab for Cutie and Run the Jewels.
Artists performing Aug. 27, however, still haven't been announced.
Performers at the seven-concert series will not only be nationally recognized artists, but also local musicians who won Best of Utah Music 2015 awards.
“The amazing evolution in both scope and popularity of the Twilight concerts has not only been very fun to watch, but has been a perfect reflection of the booming growth and vitality our whole city has been experiencing,” Becker said in a prepared statement. “I hope every resident can make it to a Twilight show or one of our great local summer festivals."
- July 16: Death Cab for Cutie, with special guest tUnE-yArDs.
- July 23: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Father John Misty
- July 30: PRhyme with Adrian Younge, with special guest Bishop Nehru; opening performance — J Godina, Best DJ winner of Best of Utah Music 2015.
- Aug. 6: The Kills, with special guest METZ; opening performance — Fictionist, Best Band winner of Best of Utah Music 2015
- Aug. 13: The Word, with special guest Lee Fields & The Expressions
- Aug 20: Run the Jewels (special guests TBA); opening performance — House of Lewis, Best Rap Group winner of Best of Utah Music 2015.
- Aug 27: TBA
Season tickets can be purchased online at 24Tix.com for $35 until July 9. Individual tickets can also be purchased at the site up until one week prior to each concert, at Graywhale Entertainment locations, or at the gates on the evening of each concert.
Karen Krieger, Salt Lake City Arts Council executive director, said the concert series draws people from across the region, including Las Vegas and Boise.
Attendance at each Twilight concert ranges from 9,000 to 25,000, Krieger said.
Vicki Varela, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, Film and Global Branding, said the concert series and other city events bring millions of dollars in economic benefit to the area.
Becker said while the initial move of the concert series from the Gallivan Center to Pioneer Park stirred controversy in past years because of public concern of the park’s reputation for criminal activity, it allowed the city to “activate” the potential of the city’s green space near the city's west side.
The move, along with the presence of the Downtown Farmers Market in Pioneer Park, has helped contribute to that area’s economic development, the mayor said.
“(Now) we’re seeing Pioneer Park serve as that kind of core for a quality of life amenity for downtown that we’ve wanted it to be,” Becker said.
Krieger said along with the Twilight Concert Series, residents can also look forward to a slew of traditional city events, including the 30th anniversary of the Living Traditions Festival in May, the Utah Pride Festival in June, Days of ’47 in July, and Craft Lake City in August.
“There’s really no better example of how the arts are creating a really vibrant city than through this spectacular summer festival season,” she said.