Concert Preview: Devil Makes Three at Red Butte


Red Butte’s Summer Concert Series is kicking off with a bluegrass bang on Wednesday night with a full night of music by Murder By Death, The Wood Brothers and Devil Makes Three.

Hailing from Bloomington, Indiana, Boulder, Colorado and Santa Cruz California, respectively, these bands are proof-positive that bluegrass is no longer just in Appalachia—for better or worse. But this is not your grandaddy’s bluegrass—this is so-called newgrass. And the influences of these three bands are as varied as their sound.

The Wood Brothers seem to take a low-key approach to the genre, and forgo the banjo and fiddle for an upright bass. it’s what would have happened if Flatt and Scruggs had smoked a lot more weed. 

Murder By Death, not-just-a-clever-name, is a darker take on bluegrass. It’s kind of like Nick Cave meets a pre-June Johnny Cash. In a good way.

Headliner Devil Makes Three should provide a happier ending to the evening, even with their noticeable punk influences. The trio has been around for a while, and have played Salt Lake venues as small at Burt’s Tiki Room before headlining at Red Butte. While the primary trio is two guitar players and a upright bass player, keep an eye on Cooper McBean when he puts down the guitar for some banjo pickin’—that’s when the real magic happens.

Also of note: Red Butte has established some new rules for this season, including:

-Lines begin to form at 10:00 a.m.
-Blanket size limit: 4 x 6, or 24 sq. ft.
-No wagons or carts

The Wood Brothers, Murder by Death and Devil Makes Three play Red Butte on Tuesday, May 23, 2018.The show is sold-out.

Christie Marcy
Christie Marcy
Christie Marcy is a former managing editor at Salt Lake magazine. Though she writes about everything, she has a particular interest in arts and culture in Utah. In the summer months, you will find her at any given outdoor concert on any given night. In the winter, you will find her wishing for summer. Follow her on social media at @whynotboth.

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