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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Review: Bonnie Raitt With Mavis Staples at Red Butte Garden

The crowd at Red Butte Garden received an expert tutorial on American roots music from two iconic masters.

Genre-Hopping Country Star Maren Morris Rolls Into Red Butte Garden

Maren Morris, a talented and versatile rising star in country music, performs at Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre on Aug. 18 with The Lone Bellow. 

Music Legends Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples Come to Red Butte Garden

Rock and Roll Hall of Hame inductees Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples perform at Red Butte Garden on Aug. 13.

Review: O.A.R. and Dispatch With G. Love at Red Butte Garden

O.A.R. and Dispatch, whose rock/reggae fusion sound emerged on the college rock scene, joined forces for a concert at Red Butte Garden with opener G. Love.

Review: Punch Brothers and Watchhouse Featuring Sarah Jarosz at Red Butte Garden

The American Acoustic tour featuring the Punch Brothers, Watchhouse and Sarah Jarosz, was a showcase of American roots music by a cadre of virtuosi.

O.A.R. and Dispatch Co-headline at Red Butte Garden

The O.A.R. and Dispatch joint summer tour rolls into Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre on July 29, 2022 with special guest G. Love.

Punch Brothers Headline American Acoustic Tour

On July 28, 2022, the Grammy Award-winning Punch Brothers (not actually brothers, but they do pack a punch) will bring their American Acoustic tour (also featuring Watchhouse and Sara Jaroz) to the...

Review: Mary Chapin Carpenter at Red Butte Garden

On July 6, 2022 Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre felt like a concert hall, despite the low back chairs and blankets on the lawn. The crowd welcomed opener John Craigie with rapt attention,...

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.