Amplify your Utah Arts Festival Experience

Introducing the Arts Fest Amplified Summer Concert Lineup June 21-24 at Library Square

SALT LAKE CITY, UT:  The Utah Arts Festival will amp up the summer music scene with a fresh take on the Festival experience—Arts Fest Amplified—as it presents four nights of top musical talent on the Amphitheater Concert Stage June 21-24 at Library Square. With tickets at $25 each, the Amplified Concert Series represents an outstanding entertainment value, as the price includes same-day admission to the Utah Arts Festival, the state’s largest outdoor, multidisciplinary arts event in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

All concerts will take place on the Amphitheater Concert Stage, located on the northeast corner of the Utah Arts Festival June 21-24. Doors open each evening at 6:30PM.

Tickets for the series go on sale April 17, and availability will be limited. For more information, visit

Thursday, June 21

Ron Pope, 8PM

From Nashville, Ron Pope has mastered the art and business of thriving as an independent musical artist. Along with Brooklyn Basement Records, the label he runs alongside his wife and manager, Blair Clark, he has sold out shows on three continents, more than 2 million digital song tracks and his studio album work is cited as a standout by Rolling Stone Country.

He co-produced his latest album titled “Work” with Ted Young, Grammy Award winner, who has worked with The Rolling Stones, Grace Potter, Sonic Youth. He also recently released a seven-track companion EP titled “Worktapes.” The lead single titled “Twin Falls Idaho” is signature Pope, which captures his unique Americana storytelling skills and vocals that overlay a stripped-down, piano-led accompaniment.  

Gomez, 9:30PM

Gomez, an English indie rock band from Southport, comprises blues, indie, alternative, rock, folk, psychedelic and experimental. The trademarks of this transatlantic group include Ben Ottewell's gritty vocals and bassist Paul “Blackie” Blackburn's overdriven bass. Known for its gutsy musical experimentation along with freewheeling lyrical styles, the band continues to evolve since its first album “Bring It On” won the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. Just recently the band issued a 20th anniversary edition of the album which emphasizes the timeless durability of their songs. The band’s versatility is fortified by three members who sing, four who compose songs and the whole five-piece ensemble’s skills on numerous traditional and electronic instruments.

Friday, June 22

A-Trak, 9:45PM

DJ A-Trak’s career is a mastery of turntablism connecting hip hop and electronic music with a career spanning more than two decades, encompassing venues from underground clubs to sold-out concert arenas and many of the most visible festival stages. A Canadian native, A-Trak (Alain Macklovitch) has been named by Rolling Stone as one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM (electronic dance music). His collaboration credits include Kanye West, Jay-Z, The Roots, and Duck Sauce with Armand Van Helden. Duck Sauce’s 2012 song “Barbara Streisand” was nominated for a Grammy.

The owner of Fool’s Gold recording label, A-Trak has been a mentor to numerous contemporary musicians including Kid Cudi, Danny Brown, and Flosstradamus. Last year, he established the Goldie Awards, a new kind of DJ battle that brought a sold-out house at New York City’s Brooklyn Steel and a judging panel that featured Soulection's Whooligan, Mija, Diplo, Craze, Chuckie, Mannie Fresh and Just Blaze.

Saturday, June 23

People Under The Stairs

Hailing from Los Angeles, the People Under The Stairs duo has been a hip hop music fixture for more than two decades. They have nine albums (and a 10th coming soon titled Shot & Cut) and have toured more than 40 countries on six continents. The pair—Double K (Michael Turner) and Thes One (Christopher Portugal)—started collaborating in high school. The group’s name comes from taking a different path than what most rap artists were doing at the time by forming large collectives and seeking as much spotlight as possible. As DIY artists, they are known especially for their lyricism, which focuses on personal experiences set apart from contemporary issues or sociopolitical controversies and often use references to the experience of music and creating it.

Career highlights include an appearance on The Simpson’s 20th Anniversary Special, a John Peele Session at Abbey Road, and groundbreaking performances at festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella and Bonnaroo, the last of which SPIN magazine noted as “Simply the best performance of Friday... Period.”

Sunday, June 24

St. Paul and the Broken Bones, 8:30PM

Based in Birmingham, Alabama, St. Paul and the Broken Bones—known for its soul-infused rock that pays respect to Sly Stone, David Bowie and Prince—has won many kudos for its second full-length album titled “Sea of Noise,” with songs that touch on the themes of redemption, hope and salvation.

The album highlights the band’s hallmark muscular, bright sound of horns, which is augmented by tracks featuring a string quartet and choir which darkened the usual tones associated with the band.  Among the tracks are “Burning Rome” with a strong spiritual feel and “I’ll Be Your Woman,” which flips the conventional gender roles often found in soul music. The group is touring the album throughout the U.S. and Europe.

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