SALT LAKE CITY — The year isn't over yet — we still have Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve to celebrate, after all — but some big-name artists have already announced plans to come to the Beehive State next year. Ranging from ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to rock band The Killers, music lovers have a lot to look forward to in 2018.
Here's a list of 17 shows hitting some of Utah's larger venues next year. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive.
Jan. 4-6 — Hilary Hahn
When she was just 10 years old, violinist Hilary Hahn was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia — a school with a 4.8 percent admission rate that offers free tuition to all of its students. A native of Lexington, Virginia, Hahn has gone on to perform with symphonies throughout the country and world and was even featured on the original score of M. Night Shyamalan’s film “The Village.” The violin virtuoso will appear at BYU’s de Jong Concert Hall on Jan. 4, and will take the Abravanel Hall stage Jan. 5-6.
Jan. 19 — Marilyn Manson
Controversial rock band Marilyn Manson has a rocky history with the Beehive State. In 1994, the band was set to open for Nine Inch Nails at the then-Delta Center. A preview of the show just a few days before the concert prompted Delta Center workers to cancel Marilyn Manson’s show because of questionable stage theatrics and dialogue, according to the Deseret News. Two years later, the rock band was also prohibited from performing at Utah State Fairpark. Now, Marilyn Manson is set to perform at The Complex in Salt Lake City on Jan. 19 — a rescheduling of the Oct. 20 performance the band was unable to meet due to an onstage injury at a performance in Manhattan on Sept. 30.
Jan. 20 — Justin Moore
The country singer-songwriter from Arkansas is making his way to the Beehive State on Jan. 20, with an appearance at West Valley City's Maverik Center. Moore is known for hits such as "Small Town USA" and "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," a song originally recorded by Rhett Akins — father of country singer Thomas Rhett who will also play in Utah next year — in 2007. Moore released his fourth album, "Kinda Don't Care," in 2016.
Feb. 3 — TobyMac
The Christian hip-hop artist with 7 Grammys to his name will appear at Vivint Arena on Feb. 3 as part of his “Hits Deep” tour. Earlier this year, the artist released a video for his song “Love Broke Thru,” a track from his 2015 album “This is Not a Test.” In an interview with Billboard, the singer said that “the song was written about how God broke through in my life and we thought the video could be a symbolic picture of how we need God to break through and heal our divided nation.”
Feb. 6 — The Killers
For Brandon Flowers, performing at Vivint Arena will now be a home gig. The frontman for the rock band The Killers moved to Park City earlier this year to honor his wife’s wishes. And while Flowers is fond of his upbringing in Henderson, Nevada, he did also spend a few years in Payson and Nephi. The Killers' latest album “Wonderful, Wonderful” was released on Sept. 22 and reflects Flowers’ more complex life as a husband and father, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The band will appear at Vivint Arena on Feb. 6.
Feb. 15 — Jake Shimabukuro
He’s the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele. With a personality as vibrant as his instrument, Hawaii’s Jake Shimabukuro delivers captivating performances on his ukulele — from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — as well as his own compositions. Shimabukuro rose to international fame in 2006 when a video of him performing a virtuosic rendition of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was posted on YouTube without his knowledge and became one of the first videos to go viral on the site, according to pbs.org. Shimabukuro takes BYU’s de Jong Concert Hall stage Feb. 15.
Feb. 16 — CAKE
CAKE is bringing its blend of deadpan, monotone vocals and trumpet lines to the Eccles Theater stage on Feb. 16. One of the songs for which the alternative rock band is best known is “The Distance,” a hit from the 1996 album “Fashion Nuggets” that granted the album platinum status, according to allmusic.com.
Feb. 19 — Walk The Moon
The pop/dance-rock group Walk The Moon had its major breakthrough in 2014 with the hit "Shut Up and Dance." The catchy song is off of the band's second major label studio album, "Talking is Hard," and reached No. 4 on the Billboard's Hot 100. Lead singer Nicholas Petricca was in Utah earlier this year, performing as part of the LoveLoud Festival. Walk The Moon will bring its energetic performance to Salt Lake City's The Complex on Feb. 19.
March 7-8 — Alan Menken
He gave us the music for “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Newsies,” “Hercules” and many other Disney classics. Now, film score composer Alan Menken is coming to BYU’s de Jong Concert Hall for two nights to share the stories and songs behind his three-decade career of hit movies and musicals.
May 9 — Pink
Although she’s best known as a pop-rock figure for hits such as “Get the Party Started,” “What If” and “Just Give Me a Reason” — the singer Pink has an even raspier and edgier voice akin to Janis Joplin that is showcased in her cover of “Me and Bobby McGee.” Pink considers both Joplin and Madonna to be two of her greatest musical influences, according to International Business Times. The singer will perform at Vivint Arena on May 9.
July 18 — Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
The country music superstars and husband/wife duo appeared earlier this year as the debut event in the refurbished — and sold-out — Vivint Arena on Sept. 27. The success of their "Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017" promoted the singers to extend the tour into 2018 with 25 new dates, according to a press release. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will again take the Vivint Arena stage July 18. Both artists began dominating country music charts in the early 1990s and have multiple Grammys to their names.
July 28 — Shania Twain
The Queen of Country Pop is coming to town. From the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, Canadian singer Shania Twain impressed audiences with a string of hits including “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and “I’m Gonna Getcha Good.” The singer’s latest album “Now” was released earlier this year in September and marks her first album in 15 years, according to The Guardian. Twain will visit Vivint Arena on July 28 in support of the album.
July 30 — Niall Horan
Niall Horan, a singer-songwriter from Ireland, is best known as a member of the boy band One Direction. In 2016, Horan signed a solo deal with Capitol Records and released his debut album, “Flicker,” last month. Featured on this album are hits “This Town” and “Slow Hands.” Horan will perform at USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City on July 30.
Aug. 1 — Weezer
There’s a scene in the TV show “Gilmore Girls” where Zach, a member of Stars Hollow’s beloved band Hep Alien, declares that no true rock ’n’ roller goes to college. His declaration is met with much resistance, as his friends remind him that Mick Jagger went to the London School of Economics, Dexter Holland of The Offspring got his Ph.D. in molecular biology, and Weezer’s lead singer Rivers Cuomo went to Harvard — where he graduated with honors. The band will be headlining USANA Amphitheatre with rock band The Pixies on Aug. 1.
Aug. 22 — Sam Smith
London singer-songwriter Sam Smith gained an international following with his hit “Stay With Me” that reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. The song is from his debut album “In the Lonely Hour,” which also includes the hit “Lay Me Down.” The 25-year-old singer released his second album, “The Thrill of it All,” earlier this year, and Smith will make a stop at Salt Lake City’s Vivint Arena next year on Aug. 22 in support of the album.
Sept. 7 — Maroon 5
It’s a long time from now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be excited. Utahns who are currently enjoying watching Adam Levine’s humorous banter with country singer Blake Shelton on NBC’s “The Voice” are probably already looking forward to Maroon 5’s concert in Salt Lake City next year. But the band has even deeper connections to the Beehive State. For lead guitarist James Valentine, who joined Levine when the band changed its name from Kara’s Flowers to Maroon 5 in 2001, the Salt Lake City show will be a reunion of sorts as his parents moved to Highland in 2005 to work at Brigham Young University. Maroon 5 takes the Vivint Arena stage Sept. 7.
Oct. 20 — Thomas Rhett
Singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett emerged on the country music scene with his debut album “It Goes Like This” in 2013. Rhett is the son of country performer Rhett Akins, and as a result of the hardships that often come with touring, his mother made him promise he would never become a singer, according to an interview with the Chicago Tribune. He ended up breaking that promise when he dropped out of Lipscomb University in Nashville at age 20.
“The hardest part was telling her I dropped out of college — telling her I quit something I’d been doing for three years,” Rhett told the Chicago Tribune. “Like any mom would, she asked ‘Why did we spend all this money on college?’ I didn’t plan for this. I didn’t know the opportunity would present itself. But now she’s my biggest fan."
Rhett will perform at Vivint Arena Oct. 20 in support of his third studio album, “Life Changes.”
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