Markéta Irglová & Glen Hansard of The Swell Season

Markéta Irglová•Glen Hansard•August 21, 2023•Red Butte Garden

Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe

There have been some huge concerts this summer.  We at Utah Concert Review have had the opportunity to cover many of them. Massive shows out at USANA like the Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, and Shania Twain, or at Delta Center with major favorites like The Cure, NF, and Greta Van Fleet have made this summer special.  But Markéta Irglová & Glen Hansard of The Swell Season at Red Butte Garden was one of my most anticipated concerts of the year.  These artists at this venue are as good a match as you’ll find in a concert experience.

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Blues Traveler & Big Head Todd and The Monsters

Blues Traveler•Big Head Todd and The Monsters•July 11, 2023•Red Butte Garden

Reviewed and Photographed by Alisha Gregson

July 11th was a night to remember for Salt Lake City concertgoers. Blues Traveler and Big Head Todd and The Monsters rocked the Red Butte Garden. Fans of both bands were in for a treat. The two acts delivered an unforgettable show that had the crowd on its feet. From the opening notes of Big Head Todd’s set to the final encore of Blues Traveler’s, the evening was a high-energy show.

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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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Howard Jones

Howard Jones w/ Midge Ure• June 28, 2022• Red Butte Garden

Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe

It was a night for 80s icons at Red Butte Garden Amphitheater.  Legendary synth-pop star, Howard Jones played to an adoring sold out audience on a beautiful Tuesday evening in Salt Lake City.  He was joined by the “Voice of Ultravox”, Midge Ure.  An icon in his own right.  Howard Jones has such a strong fanbase here in Utah.  He’s played here so many times over the years and people come back every time he tours through.  I remember one year he was a support act for Barenaked Ladies.  He added his own solo date the next day because there was such a clamoring from his fans to see him in more than a shortened set.  He’s also played shows up at Park City’s Egyptian Theater with just him and a piano.  Those shows always sell out.  There is a connection between Jones and Utah that I can’t totally explain.  But it’s there and both parties embrace it.  

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