West Valley City, the most ethnically diverse part of Utah—Polynesians, American Indians, Asians, Middle Easterners, Latinos, whites and more make up 45 percent of the residents—might be the closest thing we have to New Orleans Treme neighborhood. Immigrants from around the world trying to get by in an imperfect melting pot, while hanging onto their cultural roots.
Obviously, a distinctive cuisine or music has yet to arrive, but they're working on it. At the center of the pot is the Utah Cultural Celebration Center and its programs showcasing WVC's cultures, food, music and fun. Every Utahn should visit the cultural center to look Utah's future in the eye.
The Annual Blues Rendezvous opens its stage to dozens of local musicians. Entrance is free with food, beverages and CDs for sale. All proceeds from the Rendezvous will support work of the Utah Blues Society to make Utah less lame.
The music festival will run 2–10 p.m. at the Cultural Celebration Center.
The center's on-going WorldStage concert series will showcase the Ides of Soul, a Utah blues band.
The codgerly Ides of Soul say they've collectively played music for over 250 years. They've backed many national blues and R&B acts passing through Utah, including BB King, Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro, Debbie Davies, Kenny Neal, Charlie Musselwhite, and Leon Russell. Gates open 7 p.m., rockin' begins at 8 p.m. It's free.
Here's the summer lineup for WorldStage:
July 14, Ides of Soul
July 21, Samba Fogo
July 28, Mississippi Mood
August 4, the Soulistics
August 11, World Travelers (in collaboration with the Bountiful Davis Arts Center)
August 18, Desert Wind
August 25, Mama's Temple Choir