Audiences can sit up for a “normal concert series” this summer time at Red Butte Garden, stated the backyard’s government director, Derrek Hanson — after two years of cancelled reveals and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 season of Red Butte’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series was canceled altogether due to the pandemic. Last summer time noticed one present cancel as a result of the headliner couldn’t journey to America — and one other act cancel as a result of the backyard, which is a part of the University of Utah, couldn’t observe the band’s “COVID rider” that required viewers members to indicate proof of vaccination. (The U., being a state company, is ruled by the principles set by the Utah Legislature.)
This yr, Hanson stated he hopes this yr’s concert events — the total slate of 30 reveals was introduced Tuesday — will assist with the financial restoration not solely of musicians, however of the venues and the individuals who work the reveals, from sound and light-weight technicians to safety, police and subcontractors.
Scheduling the 2022 season has been “tricky to navigate,” Hanson stated, and the backyard has contingency plans — together with limiting viewers capability — if a brand new COVID-19 variant pops up.
“We’re fortunate that we’re outdoors,” he stated. “So we have a better chance than say a club or indoor theater.”
Still, he stated, the venue’s palms are tied in terms of COVID insurance policies that the artists would possibly need that transcend state regulation.
“It just feels different this year, we’re not getting that much pushback or even questions about it this year,” Hanson stated. “It feels like there’s this whole like a like a relief through the industry.”
Hanson has been with the backyard for practically 21 years, and was promoted from deputy director to government director in 2021. Through his many years of engaged on the live performance collection, he stated, there’s no “clear defined way” in how they put the road up collectively. Many of this yr’s acts, like final yr’s, had been carryovers from the canceled season of 2020.
The line-up consists of artists from alternative-indie, pop, rock, and folks music genres.
Hanson has favorites he’s wanting ahead to — he listed Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio’s solo challenge, indie-folk singer José González, and folks group Caamp — however, he added, “one thing I’ve learned over the years is I get surprised almost every year by somebody I didn’t expect to be as good as they were, somebody I didn’t normally listen to.”
Tickets will go on sale April 25 for Garden members and for most of the people on May 2 on their web site. Red Butte Garden is positioned at 300 Wakara Way in Salt Lake City and seats 3,000 people.
Here is the total line-up:
Tuesday, June 14 • She & Him is an American musical duo, consisting of actor-musician Zooey Deschanel (”New Girl”) and M. Ward.
Wednesday, June 15 • ZZ Top is a legendary blues-rock band from Houston.
Tuesday, June 21 • Indie-rock multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine, the stage identify of singer-songwriter Sam Beam, will co-headline, joined by Allison Russell. (Previously introduced.)
Saturday, July 23 • Americana string band Old Crow Medicine Show will carry out.
Monday, Aug. 1 • Americana rock band The Revivalists will carry out.
Wednesday, Aug. 17 • The Black Crowes, an Americana rock band, will mark the thirtieth anniversary of their album “Shake Your Money Maker.”
Monday, Aug. 22 • Boy George & Culture Club, the ‘80s New Wave group from England, will headline.
Monday, Aug. 29 • José González is a Swedish-born indie-folk artist.
Thursday, Sept. 8 • Umphrey’s McGee, Americana jam band.
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