John Nelson

John Nelson covers the local music scene for Salt Lake magazine. He is a 20-year veteran of Uncle Sam’s Flying Circus with a lifelong addiction to American roots music, live music venues, craft beer and baseball.
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Preview: The Lone Bellow Coming to Commonwealth

The Lone Bellow offered us a little teaser last summer when they opened for country-pop sensation Maren Morris at Red Butte Garden (she hand-selected them). That seven-song set whet our appetite for...

Preview: Larkin Poe and Goodnight, Texas at Commonwealth

For more than a decade, Larkin Poe has delivered their electrified, modernized, Southern-fried rockin’ blues to stadiums and festivals all across the globe. On Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 we get a chance...

Review: Neil Young’s Harvest Tribute Show

The State Room hosted a fruitful Harvest in a sold-out show on Saturday night. Singer-songwriter Paul Jacobsen served as master of ceremonies (and more) ushering in a bounty of talented, local artists...

Preview: Neil Young’s Harvest Tribute Show at the State Room

The State Room presents an impressive lineup of locally-based artists paying tribute to the Neil Young’s influential record Harvest.

Review: July Talk and Darkbird Rock Urban Lounge

The Urban Lounge felt a little like an exclusive speakeasy on Tuesday night. Fortunately for me, I knew the password–July Talk! The Toronto-based sextet uncorked the lightning from the bottle and gave...

Preview: July Talk with Darkbird

I first saw July Talk in Prague during their 2015 European tour. I had just arrived in the city, so I set out to discover how folks in the Czech Republic rocked...

Review: Illiterate Light w/ Kind Hearted Strangers

Indie-rock duo Illiterate Light illuminated The State Room stage on Wednesday night with an energetic show providing fans with a much-needed release after two years of isolation and uncertainty. They opened their...

Review: Lucius Delivers in Salt Lake City

Lucius brought the glam and glitter to Salt Lake City on Saturday night. In a stadium-like performance, their show at the Commonwealth Room on Nov. 12, 2022, featured lights, costume changes, and...

John Nelson

John Nelson covers the local music scene for Salt Lake magazine. He is a 20-year veteran of Uncle Sam’s Flying Circus with a lifelong addiction to American roots music, live music venues, craft beer and baseball.