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Velour Homecoming for Soul Sisters Jenn Blosil, Mia Grace and Jude

Last Saturday, Sept. 27 marked soul songstress Jennifer Blosil’s return to the music after having served 18 months on an LDS mission. The show was billed modestly as her “Homecoming,” but hip Provo joint, Velour (the starting grounds for Imagine Dragons), was packed to the brim with old friends, as well as her devoted Utah followers.

Pre-show, Blosil and openers Jude and Mia Grace were backstage, passing around a honey mouth spray that supposedly soothed the vocal chords, and alternately wincing at the taste. It was Jude’s first-ever show, and after some pep-talk and a group prayer, the demure singer-songwriter took the stage. Her songs, while of the understated variety, showcased a maturity and oftentimes painful self-awareness well beyond her 17 years.

Mia Grace splashed the stage (which was eccentrically adorned with a huge Japanese silk fan and faux-stained glass windows) dressed in goth-chicwear. Electric guitar strapped in place, the bluesy balladeer channeled Alanis Morissette circa Jagged Little Pill with slick songs about sweet talkers and could-have-been lovers.

The theme for the night was set: These young, female up-and-comers have written songs that adequately match wits with their pop contemporaries, and then some. Consider a more earnest, substantial take on the Taylor Swift phenomenon, whose predominantly young female fanbase has found a personal connection with words on singular experiences (a particularly moving moment came with Jude’s performance of a tender song she had penned following her parents’ divorce).

By the time Blosil came to the fore, the crowd had sat itself down stageside with their DSLRs and excited chatter over what new material she had up her sleeve for the occasion. The Orem native had her own plans, though. The night’s serious mood was instantly dispelled with an anecdote about a wardrobe malfunction: “So my mom had actually sewed me a dress for the show,” says Blosil, “and just as I was putting it on, the zipper broke.” She reenacted the scene, shuffling sideways and assuring passersby that all was well. With this, she excused herself for the oddity of her chosen outfit—a shirt with her own face on it—as it was the only thing she had at her disposal.

With the crowd chuckling, she broke into her set, which included tracks from her EP, “Enemy” and “Make it Better.” The contrast from her lighthearted, self-deprecating stage banter to her impassioned soulful belting was transcendent. She emoted almost as though directly to her subjects: her audiences were simply caught in the intimate moment as voyeurs.

Show highlight, “Sweet Talk” had quite the amusing backstory. The sassy track begins, “You say you’ve been to Paris, well I couldn’t care less” and the attitude doesn’t relent. “It was [a few months] before my mission started, so I thought it would be fun to go on some dates before I left. After this first one, I decided, ‘I’m never doing this again,’” Blosil laughed. To paraphrase, the song was a delicious kiss-off to a hot-shot who was so busy recounting his own glory; he only later found out Blosil was a singer—and a rather good one, at that.

The encore was poignant, and judging by the expressions in the audience, seemed to strike a strong cord. “I am not this hair, and I’m not these clothes,” Blosil sang on the ukulele. The reflection on self-worth and self-love was a simple and fitting closure for a night of introspective, coming-of-age music, and the flood of fans who sought to give the singer a hug afterwards was evidence that great things were in store for the blossoming (or, shall we say,Blosiling) musician.

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Inspired by @oldsaltlake, we're celebrating #throwbackthursday with a favorite snapshot of early 20th century Salt Lake City. 🏖️⁠

Photos shared by @oldsaltlake are inspiring millennials and zoomers decades later with visions of a different city: one with easily accessible public transportation, walkable streets, local businesses (open late) and distinctive architecture.⁠

See more photos at the link in our bio. ⁠

Pictured: Women relax at what is believed to be Saltair Beach, date unknown

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The descendants of Irene Corbett believe that the 30-year-old teacher sacrificed her life to save others. It's one of the many ways this remarkable figure bucked tradition and forged her own trail.⁠

Read more about Irene at the link in our bio!

One year ago today: a Salt Lake earthquake that even shook Moroni 👼⁠

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"We must have done something right, cause you guys kept coming back."⁠

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Head to the link in our bio for a tribute to Blue Plate Diner. (And keep supporting your favorite local restaurants. ❤️)

Tony Caputo, a food evangelist and founding father of today’s SLC food community, passed away last night.⁠

Tony started @caputosmarket in 1997, bringing his passion for the cuisine of his heritage to Utah tables. Most days during the lunch rush you’d find Tony behind the counter slicing meat and cheeses and then, after it wound down, holding court out front. He’d often rush back behind the counter and holler over his shoulder, “you have to try this!" only to return with a sample bite of veiny cheese, a paper-thin leaf of prosciutto or a perfectly crisp amaretti cookie that he’d recently added to his menagerie of taste. For his many contributions to Salt Lake City, we awarded Tony with a Lifetime Achievement Dining Award in 2007.⁠

Today, we're sending love to @caputosmarket and the many people whose lives were touched by Tony. A full tribute is on our website now. ❤️

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That is, nobody until Major John W. Powell said the 19th Century equivalent of “Hey man, hold my beer while I try this.”⁠

Read more about his dangerous expedition at the link in our bio!⁠

Photo of Powell’s expedition courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division⁠

A brand new issue of Salt Lake magazine is coming your way! ⁠

We can't wait to share these stories with you. This issue includes our annual Blue Plate Awards celebrating those surviving and thriving in the restaurant biz. Plus, we take a road trip to Wyoming and ask why the only Utah passenger on the Titanic didn’t survive her journey.⁠

A note from our editor Jeremy Pugh, including beautiful tributes to Mary Brown Malouf from our friends in the community, is online now. Read more at the link in our bio ❤️⁠

Subscribers: Look for this issue in your mailbox soon. The magazine will be on newsstands March 1! 📬

Today, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Blue Plate Awards! ⁠🎉⁠

These prizes honor the growers, food evangelists, grocers, servers, bakers, chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs who do more than put good food on the table—they make our community a better place to live. This year, just surviving as a local business deserves an award, but each of our Blue Plate winners did more than that. They made us grateful for every person involved in the essential act of feeding us.⁠ 🍽⁠

At the link in our bio, we have the full list of winners, a celebration of feats of COVID creativity and a tribute to restaurants we lost this year. If you’re hungry for more, pick up a copy on newsstands March 1! Plus, check out our Instagram for spotlights on some of the Blue Plate winners. ⁠

This year’s Blue Plate Awards are the first without our beloved Executive Editor Mary Brown Malouf. We dedicate them to her, our town’s biggest food fan, critic and champion. xoxomm⁠ 💙

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2021 Blue Plate Award Winner: @spicekitchenincubator for Keeping the Spice Flowing⁠

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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @cucinaslc for Preserving Neighborhood Connection⁠

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