Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters•The Breeders•August 8, 2023•USANA Amphitheatre

The tragic and shocking passing of drummer Taylor Hawkins on March 25, 2022, hit the rock world hard, and Foo Fighter fans even harder.  As we mourned the loss of Hawkins, we also wondered if we’d also be morning the end of one of the best Rock bands today.  Would Foo Fighters continue?  And if they did, would we be able to embrace a new drummer in the band?  After tour and festival cancellations were announced, speculation grew.  If anything we knew it would at least be a while before we saw a new incarnation of Foo Fighters.  

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Greta Van Fleet

Greta Van Fleet•Teddy Swims•August 2, 2023•Delta Center

Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe

Greta Van Fleet rocked the Delta Center with an unforgettable performance! The four-piece rock band delivered an electrifying show that was full of energy and emotion. From their hits to their more recent singles, Greta Van Fleet had the audience singing along and enjoying every moment. The audience was taken on a journey through the band’s music and left feeling uplifted and inspired. It was a powerful performance that showcased why Greta Van Fleet is one of the hottest acts in rock music today.

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Andy Grammer

Andy Grammer•August 3, 2023•Red Butte Garden

Reviewed and Photographed by Jenica Schulz

When Andy Grammer took the stage in Salt Lake City, Utah, the crowd erupted into cheers as he kicked off his performance with the anthemic hit, “Love is the New Money.” He makes an analogy he heard from a John Mayer show saying “Remember as a kid and you had the crackers and peanut butter but you try to equally distribute it for every cracker, but you have a ton of leftover peanut butter at the end? Well, this is the last night of the tour and we have a lot of extra peanut butter.” Little did he know that Mother Nature had a surprise in store for them.

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50 Cent

50 Cent•Busta Rhymes•July 21, 2023• Maverik Center

Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe

Photo Credit: Kevin Rolfe

It was an electrifying night when 50 Cent took the stage at the Maverik Center in Utah for his Final Lap Tour. Hip-hop fans had been waiting in anticipation for weeks, and the energy in the room was high. 50 Cent put on an incredible show. Proving why he has remained one of the most iconic hip-hop artists for nearly two decades. Here’s a review of his epic performance!

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The Avett Brothers

An Evening With The Avett Brothers•July 19, 2023• Maverik Center

Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe

Photo Credit: Kevin Rolfe

The Avett Brothers are one of my favorite bands. I must admit I was a little late to the band having first seen them in 2016 at the Greek Theater in Berkley, California.  At that point, the boys had been well-established.  I was so stunned by the performance that I became an instant fan.  The concert felt like a rock concert more than any Americana, American Roots, Folk, or Country concert I had seen.  I’ve been hooked ever since.

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Rain- A Tribute to The Beatles

Rain- A Tribute to The Beatles•July 26, 2023•Eccles Theater

Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe

Photo Credit: Kevin Rolfe

The Beatles are considered one of the greatest bands of all time, and their music has resonated through generations. As a tribute to this iconic group, Rain performed their greatest hits at the Eccles Theater on July 26, 2023. It was an unforgettable event, as fans of The Beatles joined together to celebrate their timeless legacy. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to experience a live performance of some of the most beloved songs ever written!  Rain will also be performing at Eccles Theater tonight (July 27th).  Go to the link below for tickets.  

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UCR on Tour: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift•MUNA• Gracie Abrams• July 14, 2023•Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, CO

Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe

Photo Credit: Kevin Rolfe

It’s difficult to describe the feeling you get when you see an email from Taylor Swift’s team telling you that you’ve been approved to cover her concert in Denver, Colorado.  I’m sure you can imagine from a professional standpoint the feeling I might have, getting to cover the biggest concert in the world.  And while I’m not sure I’d consider myself an official Swiftie, I’m a lover of concerts, and getting to see someone as massive as Taylor Swift, in a show that has been so well documented over social media, as epic, was an unbelievable experience.  

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Thrice

Thrice•Holy Fawn•June 13, 2023•The Union Events Center

Reviewed and Photographed by Nate Bonney

Thrice played at the Union Event Center in Salt Lake City Tuesday, June 13th. They brought along with them Holy Fawn as the opening set. I didn’t really know much about the opening band except that they guest appeared on Thrice’s re-recorded album “The Artist in the Ambulance.” in the song “Paper Tigers” which the re-recording has a much fuller sound. It’s a good one to compare side by side and notice the small differences.

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Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies• Last Summer On Earth Tour• Semisonic• Del Amitri• June 13, 2023• Red Butte Garden

Reviewed and Photographed by Josilyn Wakkuri Lybbert

Photo Credit: Josilyn Wakkuri Lybbert

The recent rain and storms stayed at bay just long enough to make for a perfect atmosphere for an outdoor concert at Red Butte Garden Amphitheater on June 14th! The Barenaked Ladies, along with Semisonic and Del Amitri brought their Last Summer On Earth Tour to Salt Lake City, and people were clearly thrilled about it. The show was totally sold out! Fans of literally all ages, from babies and on, came out to the gorgeous Red Butte Garden Amphitheater for the show. I had only been to the venue once before and remember it being pretty, but wow! Flowers were blooming across the venue and in front of the stage, there was a pond with a waterfall, and it was just all around beautiful. So much so that each band commented on it at least once during their sets! 

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The Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers• June 11, 2023• The Maverik Center

Reviewed and Photographed by Josilyn Wakkuri Lybbert

Photo Credit: Josilyn Wakkuri Lybbert

Many classic rock lovers headed to the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Sunday, June 11th to spend the evening with the legendary Doobie Brothers on their 50th Anniversary Tour! The excitement and anticipation were tangible from fans who had likely loved them through all of those fifty years, or at least through a few decades!

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