Twilight Series at Pioneer Park 2011: The overview

For hipsters and fans of eclectic music, including some intriguing singer-songwriters, the Twilight Concert Series at Pioneer Park has a lot to offer. If you like jam bands, metal or Top 40... well, nevermind.

The free concert series runs from July 14 until Aug. 25 and remains on Thursdays and appears that it will be staying entrenched at Pioneer Park.

July 14: Talk about your out-there launches, Explosions in the Sky, headlines the opening night. These guys feature some crazy instrumentals and have toured their way into their current level of success.


July 21: Indie-rock favorites The Decemberists headline the show that may draw the biggest crowds of the whole summer. These guys are likely the coolest band ever led by an English lit major from the University of Montana.


July 28: Another indie-rock darling, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes headline this gig. These guys have really risen in popularity, having played SLC's Urban Lounge back in 2009. The opener remains to be determined.


Aug. 4: Thurston Moore/Kurt Vile. This may be the coolest booking in the whole batch. Longtime Sonic Youth frontman Moore is touring behind his solo record "Demolished Thoughts." Vile is a buzz-tastic singer-songwriter touring behind the super-melodic "Smoke Ring for My Halo."


Aug. 11: Bright Eyes: The series' closest thing to a big star arrives at Pioneer Park in the personage of Conor Oberst. Bright Eyes is touring behind the excellent "People's Key." Depending on who the unannounced opener turns out to be, this may also draw the biggest crowd of the year.



Aug. 18: Ghostland Observatory: Get read to dance... These funky, catchy songwriters from Austin, Texas, will create a huge outdoor gyration festival. Interesting, this is booked opposite the B.B. King show down at Gallivan Center. Talk about a no-lose decision. This should be a blast...

Aug. 25: Lupe Fiasco: Twenty-nine year-old rapper and clothing entrepreneur brings the only complete night of hip-hop to the venue in the season finale. This, too, looks to be mega-crowded.

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