Announcing the 2018 Utah Arts Festival Music Headliners

Announcing the 2018 Utah Arts Festival Music Headliners

SALT LAKE CITY: The 2018 Utah Arts Festival, June 21-24, will host six performing stages of awe inspiring world, national and local musicians and performers at Library Square in the heart of downtown SLC. This year’s music headliners consist of musicians with international reputations as well as some of the best known and critically acclaimed Utah artists. They represent many genre-crossing styles, including blues, reggae, jazz, New American standards, Motown, classic jam rock ‘n’ roll, soul, bluegrass, funk, Celtic Americana and more.

This year Festival national headliners include Guy Davis, popularly known as “Ambassador of The Blues,” and bluegrass duo of Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, will cap off Saturday night on the Festival Stage.

The Green Leefs

Thu, June 21, 7:20PM
Park Stage

The Green Leefs infuses a west coast/roots reggae feel with classic hip hop and R&B style. Smooth vocals, a grooving percussion and rhythm section, augmented by electric guitar, and rounded out with warm tenor sax melodies make The Green Leefs a live experience not to be missed. The band also has performed at the annual Reggae Rise Up Festival in Heber City, Utah, held annually in August.

The Sound of Motown

Thu, June 21, 10:00PM
Festival Stage

Presented by The Motown Sounds & More Tribute Show, the performance is a classic homage to Motown’s famous hit stars. Covering Motown Artists such as Marvin Gaye, Tammy Terrell, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson and many more. The group covers Motown’s holy trinity: music, choreography and costumes.

Talia Keys & The Love

Fri, June 22, 7:30PM
Park Stage

Salt Lake City native Talia Keys is a genre-crossing, multi-instrumental "musical powerhouse" with a distinctive brand of soul-funk-rock n' roll, accentuated by unique vocal stylings and a flare for storytelling. The Love was formed with the release of Talia's first full-length solo album, Fool's Gold, and includes Dave Brogan (ALO) on drums and Ryan Conger (Joe McQueen Quartet) on keys, along with Josh Olsen on bass and Lisa Giacoletto on backing vocals.

Osmond Chapman Orchestra

Fri, June 22, 9:45PM
Festival Stage

From American Fork, Utah, this 20-piece band is led by singer David Osmond, nephew of Donny Osmond, and bandleader and saxophonist Caleb Chapman, who also performed with the Neon Trees touring band.  The performance will feature many great standards from the New American Songbook.


Sat, June 23, 7:30PM
Park Stage

One of Utah’s best known tribute bands, Mokie capitalizes its style on the greatest hits of bands such as the Grateful Dead. 

Guy Davis

Sat, June 23, 8:45PM
Festival Stage

The son of Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis, Guy Davis has earned the artistic title as “An Ambassador of the Blues.” He brings his musical mission especially to areas not typically associated with the blues, including Greenland and remote islands in the Southern Hemisphere. His latest album “Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train – A Look Back at Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry,” was produced by and featured Fabrizio Poggi, Italian harmonica virtuoso.

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Saturday, June 23, 9:45PM
Festival Stage

Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, western swing, and other string band music of all kinds, the partnership of dobro player Rob Ickes (who also plays superlative lap steel guitar in the duo on occasion) and acoustic/electric guitarist Trey Hensley has paid off creatively in many ways. Since the collaboration began in 2015, the duo have recorded two albums, played on other major recordings and have toured Europe four times along with many U.S. festivals.

Salt Lake City Saxophone Summit

Sunday June 24, 7:30PM
Park Stage

Led by Brian Booth, this nine-piece band will present a program featuring music of Gershwin, Jobim, and Stevie Wonder, rendered in original arrangements by members of the Summit. The ensemble comprises five of Utah's top saxophone players, backed by piano, guitar, bass and drums.


Sunday, June 24, 10PM
Festival Stage

Classified as a Celtic Americana band, Swagger, a four-piece band based out of Park City, Utah, has performed at festivals and concert halls across the U.S. since 2007. Swagger’s music, characteristically high energy is the expected Irish celebration of drink, mischief, and music, which also dares to explore oppression and take an immigrant’s perspective on the virtues and vices of the Irish-American culture.

Join us at the 2018 Utah Arts Festival

Adult admission to the Utah Arts Festival is $15. Reduced adult admission is available with a $8 lunchtime special on Thursday and Friday from Noon-3PM. Seniors 65 and above and military are $8. Children 12 and under receive free admission.

Access to the Arts Fest Amplified concert series on the Amphitheater Stage during the Festival is $25 and includes same-day admission to the Utah Arts Festival. Learn more at


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The 42nd Utah Arts Festival runs Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24, from Noon to 11 p.m. on Library Square, 400 South and 200 East in downtown Salt Lake City.

Ashley Babbitt