AMERICANARAMA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC FEATURING BOB DYLAN, WILCO, MY MORNING JACKET AND RYAN BINGHAM, USANA AMPHITHEATRE, Thursday, Aug. 1, 5:30 p.m., $33 lawn/$45, $60 and $80 reserved
In past years, the lineup of the Americanarama Festival of Music would be the kind of thing we'd have to travel away from Salt Lake City to enjoy, so when the tour dates were announced and included a stop at the West Valley amphitheater, I was geeked. Big time. I fall into the camp of people who never misses a Bob Dylan show if I can help it, and I can definitely say the same about both Wilco (pictured) and My Morning Jacket--two of the best live bands around. Put all of them together--heaven, baby, heaven! I have no idea what to expect from the crowd. The National show at Pioneer Park is sure to draw away vast swaths of Hipster Nation, and both Wilco and My Morning Jacket played Salt Lake City shows last summer. Even so, Dylan always draws his crowd, and if you throw in a few thousands Wilco and My Morning Jacket fans, you have the making of a pretty amazing night of music. And it starts with Oscar-winning songwriter Ryan Bingham, a headlining act in his own right, playing into that early evening sun. For those of us with a non-stop twang jones, this has the makings of the best show of what's already been a rich summer concert season.