2016 was a bit of problem child what with the election results and all but for Music it was a DANDY! I've heard several people speak of it as the best year ever for music and in many ways it was. Salt Lake City has developed into a first rate concert town with the State Room, the Red Butte Garden Concert Series, the Twilight Concert Series, the Ogden Blues and Bluegrass Festivals. The Egyptian Theater in Park City has become a real treasure with it's three night runs. Kingsbury Hall and the Capitol Theater deserve mention too. And now we have a World Class concert hall with the addition of the Eccles Theater.
The vibrancy of the concert scene is the juice that keeps our community vitalized and KRCL is our soundtrack.
Los Lobos at the State Room is a prime example. They sell 10,000 seats but for one night they rocked our 350 seat mini Fillmore to the wonder and amazement of everyone. The next night they were joined by the Tedeschi Trucks Band and the North Mississippi Allstars for a sold out night at Red Butte Garden.
Three nights of Rodney Crowell at the Egyptian. The sort of thing maybe San Francisco or Austin or Nashville but we got it right here in our town
Elvis Costello at Kingsbury and rounding out the year with Neil Young. Yeah Man.
2017 is shaping up to be another banner year. Let me know your favorite shows. Here are a few of mine.
My Best Concerts 2016
February 23 Lucinda Williams Capitol Theater
April 8 Trey Anastasio of Phish Depot
April 12 Elvis Costello Kingsbury Hall
April 22-23 Mokie State Room
June 14 Steely Dan Steve Winwood **
June 21 Out of Town Telluride Bluegrass
Hilights Sam Bush and his Band Peter Rowan and John Prine
July 7 Case/Veir/Lang Red Butte
July 14 Grand Targhee Music Festival
hilights Hot Tuna (Electric) Bette Lavette, Josh Ritter, JJ Grey and Mofro
August 6 Los Lobos State Room
August 7 Tedeschi Trucks/Los Lobos/ North Mississippi Allstars Red Butte
Sept 2 Rodney Crowell Egyptian Theater
October 12 Neil Young Usana
Nov 17 Yes (AWR) Capitol Theater
November 2 The Head and the Heart Eccles Theater
December 2 Mokie with David Gans at the State Room
December 16 Mokie at the State Room