Free Live Music - Utah Summer Happenings


Living in Utah is a good time for anyone that loves the outdoors, including live music in outdoor settings. And, not a secret, we have a great community of free summer events. And, not a secret, we have a great community of free summer events. I've compiled a cheat sheet overview of the larger, free live music events still on the plate for high summer. There's still time to get out and about...

Free Music - Downtown SLC:

Gallivan Twilight Concert  Series

Thursdays 6-10pm (thru - August 27)

Market: 5-10 pm, Concerts: 7-10pm

GREAT downtown active happy summer crowds. Arm to arm crowds for those committed to a top notch lineup, fun atmosphere for seeing people out and about, getting your dance on, outdoor/ downtown setting. Lots of happy locals, lots of bikes, beer gardens, dancin' and people.

Thursday, August 13

Toots and the Maytals | N.A.S.A.

Toots is some of the happiest reggae there is. Classic stuff, there's no way this one will disappoint.

Thursday, August 20

Iron & Wine | Okkervil River

Iron & Wine is one of THE best acts of the summer. Indie, sensitive songwriting. Layered effects, beautiful. This will be an amazing show.

Thursday, August 27

Robert Randolph & the Family Band | Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

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Lunch- Brown Bag Concert Series

1215-1pm M-F (thru- August 28)

Some of the good picks coming up:


Exchange Place Plaza- 350 S Main St (focuses on eclectic world)

Tuesday, August 14- Red Rock Hot Club

(gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhart)


Washington Square- 451 S. State St (focuses more on country, folk)

Tuesday, August 18 - Klez Bros

(Eastern European Jewish Dance Music) - fun, rawkus!


Tuesday, August20 - John Boy's Mule

(old time, groove grass)


Tuesday, August 21 - The Black Hens

(indie/ folk) - A very talented crew local indie songwriters. Good stuff!





Free Music:

Park City/ Deer Valley



DeerValley concert series

Wednesday evenings  6-8pm (Park City)

Lots of people, families, picnics, live music, and socializing. Fun vibe, people picnicing, music, outdoor setting, sunset views. From SLC, drive to PC, take the roundabout to Deer Valley, follow the road to Stein Erickson Lodge. You'll see plenty of parking and people walking with blankets. It's in a grassy outdoor amphitheater behind the lodge- a GREAT place to watch the sun go down.


Wednesday, August 12 - SIN CITY SOUL

6:00 - 8:00pm - Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater

funk/ soul - Utah locals

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Wednesday, August 19- THE COVER DOGS <br />

6:00 - 8:00pm - Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater

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Wednesday, August 26 - THE DETONATORS

6:00 - 8:00pm - Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater

They tout themselves as "Eugene's Oldest Active Hardcore Band".

Rawkus, electrified, screamin, fast drum and guitar. Fun energy, the snowboards will come out and play...

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The Canyons Summer Concert Series -  2 more weeks of it!

Saturday early evenings, through  August 22nd  6-8:30pm in the Resort Village

Go to the Canyon's resort, off the Kimball Junction Exit on your way to Park City.

Park as close to the village as you can, and follow the signs in to the resort village amphitheater. It's kind of hidden if you've never been there, but it's a cool setting, outdoor amphitheater, at the base of the ski mountain, family/ picnic friendly event. Usually crowded in a good way, come early. :)

For questions, call 435.649.5400

All events:


Saturday, August 8 - SHANNON CURFMAN

6:00 - 8:30pm in the Canyons Resort Village

cool, soulful bluesy rock

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Saturday, August 15- PANJEA <br />

4:00 - 8:30pm in the Canyons Resort Village

PANJEA W/ MICHAEL KANG 6:00 - 8:30pm

Afro-beat / Pop / Jam Band <br />



School of Rock Music will be opening up for Panjea by doing a Woodstock-themed show. Not sure what they're all about, but it's bound to be a good time. All afternoon hanging up the canyon? Not bad.

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Saturday, August 22 - THE WILDERS

6:00 - 8:30pm in the Canyons Resort Village

Full on, Nashville style, old time pickin' fun. These kinds of shows are always good vibes.

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Saturday, 08/29/2009 - THE MOTHER HIPS

6:00 - 8:30pm in the Resort Village

Hippie, happy, jam bandy rock with guitar, harmonies and driving rhythm. A great band. ThoughtLab's fearless leader Mike Harker can sing MotherHips lyrics upon request. (Do I smell a ThoughtLab family outing...??)


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