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Utah Arts Festival: Arts Fest Amplified

Summer is here, and that means The Utah Arts Festival is right around the corner. The festival returns this summer bringing live music, artists, performing arts and hands-on activities. You know the drill, now let’s check the roster.

Arts Fest Amplified

This year’s festival will be launching a new series called, Arts Fest Amplified, which will feature artists, Ron Pope, Gomez, A-Trak, People Under the Stairs and St. Paul and the Broken Bones. The Amplfied concerts will take place on the Amphitheater Stage and require a special ticket (that includes general Arts Fest admission).

Ron Pope

From Nashville, Ron Pope has been entertaining crowds for years with his music and ability to tell stories through his songs. He has sold out shows on three continents and runs Brooklyn Basement Records along with his wife, Blair Clark. He will be performing on Thursday, June 21 at 8 p.m.

Gomez

Gomez is an indie rock band based out of Southport, U.K. The band is known for their musical experimentation along with their freewheeling lyrical styles. Since their first album release in 1998 the band has continued to evolve throughout the years. They will be performing Thursday, June 21 at 9:30 p.m.

A-Trak

Friday’s show will feature the one and only, A-Trak. Originally from Canada, A-Trak started his career young. At age 15, A-Trak won his first DJ competition (DMC World DJ Championship). He also became the first DJ to win five World championships. Currently, he owns his own label, Fool’s Gold Records. This past year Fool’s Gold hosted their first ever DJ competition which sold out it’s first ever show. Whether you’re an aspiring DJ or just coming out to listen to live music, this will be a great show.

People Under The Stairs

Hailing from Los Angeles, People Under The Stairs is a hip-hop duo that have been producing music for nearly two decades. They have nine albums with a tenth on the way. Their name comes from them taking a different path than most hip-hop artists by forming large collectives and seeking as much of the spotlight as possible. They have been featured on The Simpson’s 20th anniversary special and have performed at prominent festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella and Glastonbury. They will be performing Saturday, July 23 at 9:45 p.m.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Known for their soul-infused rock, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, have been praised for their second full-length album titled, “Sea of Noise.” Much of their musical inspiration comes from legends, Sly Stone, David Bowie and Prince. Much of their new album touches on themes of redemption, hope and salvation. They will the concluding performance of the arts festival. Make sure to catch them on stage Sunday, July 24 at 8:30 p.m.

Be sure to stop by the amphitheater stage this weekend and catch these amazing artists performing at the Utah Arts Festival. Their will also be performances by local bands on some of the different stages throughout the festival and more information on those performances can be found here. For additional details please visit the Utah Arts Festival website.

Johnny Thomas :Johnny is currently a marketing intern at Salt Lake Magazine. He attends BYU and studies communications with an emphasis in news media. He is from the Los Angeles area and loves the scenery in Utah. When he is not in the office you can probably find him up on the slopes during the winter and trying to stay cool during the summer. Follow him on twitter at johnnymaxthomas.