Tickets went on sale for a handful of Gallivan Center concerts at 10 a.m. Friday. Two of these (Avetts and Grace Potter) were revealed a few weeks back. And although the Amos Lee gig is a rescheduling of the canceled Depot gig from earlier this year, a summer night at Gallivan trumps a winter's night at The Depot. And it's always fun to see bluegrass legend Sam Bush and blues great B.B King. There's also additions planned to this list, which will be arriving piecemeal. And please note, this is NOT the Twilight Series, which barring a miracle, is clearly Pioneer Park bound. That list is expected any day.
This appears to be a decent list of shows, although not mega-exciting - save for the Avetts and a lingering hope that B.B.'s show will be energetic. Kudos to the oft-maligned United Concerts for putting some interesting gigs in a nice outdoor spot.
The surprising upshot to all of this is that who knew that when the Twilight Concert Series abandoned Gallivan, it would mean Salt Lake-area folks would end up with more outdoor music, not less? That is indeed good news. If you count Snowbird - which hasn't weighed in yet, but usually hosts a handful of gigs - along with Red Butte, Twilight and presumably something besides the regular lineup of classical music at Deer Valley some shows at USANA Amphitheatre and Rio Tinto Stadium, Salt Lake has multiple good options for outdoor tunes this summer.
Top it off with a few must-see summer gigs at The State Room - Jason Isbell on June 10, Richmond Fontaine on June 24, The Civil Wars on June 28 and a roots-rock super summit on July 23 featuring Dave Alvin and James McMurtry - and the summer's really taking shape.
Here are the Gallivan shows we know, so far:
Sam Bush - June 9
Toad the Wet Sprocket - July 7
The Avett Brothers - July 10
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - July 16
Amos Lee - Aug. 7
B.B. King - Aug. 18
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