Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks

NATURE CONNECTS®: ART WITH LEGO® BRICKS; Sculptures by artist Sean Kenney:  June 2 – September 16

Regular Garden Admission / Garden Members Free;

Inspired by nature and built from more than 450,000 LEGO® brick pieces, the Nature Connects exhibition will feature 14 larger-than-life displays placed throughout the Garden.

Red Desert Ramblers

The Red Desert Ramblers play Bluegrass, Classic Country and Swing music blending harmonies with smoking instrumental breaks. The Salt Lake Tribune says “when it comes to locally produced bluegrass bands, it’s hard to do better.” They have been honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association by being the first Utah Band (and Sharon is the first hammered dulcimer player) to EVER be hired for an IBMA performance and were the only bluegrass band featured at the Mountain West Conference of the Arts. Members have won several awards including Sharon as best Utah dulcimer player and Rick Martinez as best banjo player for IAMA. They are a regional band with national recognition and members hail from Salt Lake, and Summit counties representing the best of Utah. Regional/National festivals include International Bluegrass Music Association FanFest in Nashville; Darrington, Washington Bluegrass Festival; Pickin’ in the Pines (Arizona); Memorial Day Bluegrass Festival (Grand Junction, CO); Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Association Festival (Logandale); Bannock County Bluegrass Festival (Pocatello, Idaho), Portneuf River Bluegrass Festival (Lava Hot Springs, Idaho)—Bluegrass in the Barn (Nampa)—Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association (Cascade), Birch Creek Bluegrass Festival (Fountain Green, Utah), Red Rocks Bluegrass Festival (St. George, Utah), Windwalker Ranch Bluegrass Festival (Spring City, Utah) and more! SHARON MITCHELL (hammered dulcimer, harmony vocals) Sharon is the band Leader/Manager and has played hammered dulcimer since 1989. In addition to Red Desert Ramblers, she also plays with the Public Domain String Band and The American Irish Duo. Past bands include "Last Night’s Fun" (Irish), "Around the Bend" and "Lonesome Ridge" (bluegrass). Sharon runs the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA) Local Concert Series. She is the "roots and branches" of the band adding both an old time flavor, and a unique progressive twist.

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STEVE HEWSON (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin) Best known as the host of the Rockport Dam Jam, and former manager of Rockport State Park, he hails from Huntington Beach CA proving that country twang can come from the land of sand and surf. After going electric with the country band "Desert Skies", Steve returns to his first love of acoustic music with the Red Desert Ramblers. He also plays with Detour Utah.

 RICK MARTINEZ (5-string banjo) Rick’s style is 30 years steeped in traditional and progressive bluegrass music. His diverse influences range from Earl Scruggs to Tony Trishka. . His clean, precise and dynamic playing reinforces the authentic sound of the band. Rick has played with the "Rick Martinez Band," " Holdin’ Out," and the "Prairie Dogs". He has been known to cross styles, and is not opposed to musical risks. We are proud to call Rick one of our own.

 DAVE BATES (upright bass) Dave has been a mainstay in the SLC/Summit county communities for many years. He has been a pilot and a bus driver. When he is not flying he is a farmer in Wanship. His attention is also focused on mentoring teenagers and youth so they become proficient musicians. Dave also plays with the Silver Creek String Band. 

 RICHARD SCHMELING (lead/harmony vocals, mandolin) Richard Schmeling: adds solid mandolin chops, harmonies and lightening quick, clean breaks to the band. He's also an accomplished guitar and piano player. His ballads are amazing, and no one can belt out traditional heart wrenching songs like him. He was raised in the West. Richard also performs with the band Bluegrass Rising.

RETRO FUTURA Belinda Carlisle ABC Modern English, The Outfields Tony Lewis, Kajagoogoos Limahl, Bow Wow Wows Annabella

Venture Out! Soccer Fans - Game On!

Come join us for a night of outdoor recreation clinics, live music, a movie under the stars, food trucks and fun for the whole family! Movie: Black Panther Live music with Tempura Collective

Third Saturday for Families: Color Journey Collages

Experience a journey in color around Great Salt Lake with the installation by Spencer Finch in the UMFA Great Hall. Create your own color journey in a paper collage.

Chapter 3

Chapter 3, Diane & Patrick Raymond, are a multi-instrumental duo w/ harmonizing vocals. Diane is classically trained, while Patrick has been playing various instruments most of his life. They have recently combined their talents to form Chapter 3, performing in VA, MD & UT. They perform an eclectic genre of music from country standards to modern indie rock.

The Fab Folk

The Fab Folk is Matt Weidauer and Jake Haws. They do folk renditions of songs by the Beatles, featuring vocals, acoustic guitars, mandolin and light percussion. Their sound is influenced by contemporary indie folk artists like Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, The Shins, Wilco and Fleet Foxes. They perform at special event occasions such as weddings and corporate events, as well as at festivals, clubs, restaurants and bars. Matt and Jake are veterans of the Utah music scene, having performed both as solo artists and as members of Adding Machines, Mr. India and Declaration. Collectively, they have played hundreds of shows including performances at the Sundance Film Festival and opening slots for notable indie rock groups including Menomena, The Appleseed Cast, and 31 Knots. Their music has appeared in the films Scout Camp and Hanging Five. From 2005-2011, Jake also owned and managed Muse Music Cafe, a music venue and recording studio in Provo, where he hosted concerts and produced recordings for hundreds of local artists.

Chris Orrock

James McMurtry

The Commonwealth Room is proud to present James McMurtry! The famously political songwriter, James McMurtry, has been keeping a close eye on the troubled Trump administration from across the pond while touring overseas.

The longtime Austin resident continues riding waves of universal acclaim for his latest offering Complicated Game.

Lost in Bourbon

With a high energy performance, excellent song writing, and a great pair of pants, Lost in Bourbon delivers a high voltage show sure to get you out of your seat. Lost in Bourbon is definitely not a band you'll fall asleep on. Their goal is to bring that good ole, wholesome Rock back to Utah. The band was formed in late 2014 when Louisiana native Chris Melhado relocated to Utah. He was heard playing by roommate and drummer Matt Spencer and the two began jamming. Spencer already being an accomplished drummer (Ravings of a Madman) saw that Melhado's sound could go far. Thus the duo took to jamming. Early 2015 Taylor Syddall was added on bass and the band was complete. Lost in Bourbon currently has their self titled EP available for sale on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. The album is truly only a taste of what a Lost in Bourbon live show is, but it definitely is enough to get you hooked on these three gentlemen.