Spring has arrived in Salt Lake City! It’s such a beautiful time of year. The smell of lilacs in bloom is the premiere and far too short-lived olfactory treat that reminds me annually to tune up the lawn mower, sharpen the pruning shears, and prepare for warmer temperatures. I see the buzz of activity around the City; more people walking to lunch, picnicking outside, or just standing with the sun on their backs. With this said, summer is right around the corner! As we all start to make plans for the warmer months ahead, the Salt Lake City Arts Council announced Thursday that Little Dragon will be performing at this year’s Twilight Concert Series. For those of you who know of Little Dragon, you are excited. Those of you who are not yet aware of the band are in for a treat. Little Dragon is a four piece band from Gothenberg, Sweden, that makes electronic, poppy, experimental music – sometimes compellingly danceable, sometimes down tempo, and often with lyrics that speak to the human condition.
Little Dragon is probably best known for front woman Yukima Nagano, whose stage presence and voice (thestranger.com called her a cosmic siren and I’ll go with that) are not to be missed, especially at the low price of five dollars. Go ahead and put, “It’ll be worth the five bucks” as an understatement of 2017. See for yourself why Nagano is sought by artists like Big Boi from Outkast and Damon Albarn from Gorillaz to work on their albums. You’ve probably also heard bits of Little Dragon on shows like Being Mary Jane, The Vampire Diaries, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Thanks to the Salt Lake City Art Council for all of the amazing work they do to make art accessible for everyone in Salt Lake City and beyond in our surrounding counties. The Arts Council staff has an incredible track record of bringing in top, established artists as well as bands-on-the-rise to the Twilight Concert Series. In fact, we can’t forget to mention that this summer is the 30th anniversary of the Twilight Concert Series! “The Salt Lake City Arts Council is incredibly excited to celebrate 30 years with another amazing season of live music in downtown Salt Lake City,” says Jesse Schaefer, performing arts program manager for the Arts Council. “The 2017 lineup is an extension of the diverse & and artistic programming we have sought and achieved over the years. We will continue to foster the positive experiences we have all shared within the Twilight Concert Series community. We appreciate the incredible support we received from everyone and look forward to seeing you this year!”
Let’s back up for a second to: this summer is the 30th anniversary of the Twilight Concert Series! 30 is a big deal. So here’s a touch of history about the Twilight Concert Series. The mission of Twilight is to connect audiences with the arts by presenting world-renowned musicians who reflect strong artistic values and diverse social principles in a way that creates vibrancy in downtown Salt Lake City. Over the past three decades, music genres have included indie-rock, hip-hop, reggae, and blues – each concert taking place on Thursdays nights in the outdoor venue of Pioneer Park in July and August.
We hope to see you all at a concert or two (or maybe for the whole season) this summer. There are just a few days left to buy your season tickets for just $30. For tickets to the Little Dragon show: 24tix.com/es/5de3nt/1ai
Check back here, or visit http://twilightconcerts.com/ for this year’s full lineup (coming mid-April).
*Blog post contributed by guest blogger William Wright