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The Utah State Fair kicks off this Thursday, September 9 and among all the fuzzy farm animals hijacking carny attractions, rodeos, and fair food, there’s also a ton of music to listen to while you’re there. are. Below is an overview of the numbers planned for the 10 roaring days of the fair, so you can find the one that suits you best, among the dozens and dozens of great people who fill the Fairpark with music. All music at the fair is included in the price of admission, unless otherwise specified.
Kick-off with country. While the early days of the festival are filled with jazz and swing from people like Arran “The Arrangement” Jones, the Jake Dreier Trio (September 9) and experimental electronic pop from Southernmost Gravy, the closing acts of the early days of the fair are all rockin ‘country. Blasted Past and Stephanie Dana set the tone for wild west-wandering group Jana & The Rebels to close day one of the fair. The following night of September 10, originals and covers of classic rock will be delivered by the BD Howes Band, followed by rising country star Whitney Lusk; famous local bands Ginger & The Gents and Jagertown round off the evening with their catchy sounds.
‘Billy Tunes and a Vintage Beat. As the festival takes hold, festival-goers can look forward to a series of humble day acts from across the country, folk and bluegrass varieties, or through the community effort of more than 50 Murray members. Concert Band (September 11). There’s the Utah Old Time Fiddlers that same day, plus the acoustics of Corner Street Band, followed by the rockabilly and hillbilly western swing efforts of Lean Canteen and the 40s-centric tunes of The Benson Sisters. The night will close with vintage rock colleagues Mothers of Mayhem, whose riffs are as tight as their pin curls, and Riding Gravity, another mid-century rockabilly outfit. September 12 will continue with much the same: Picky Out the Stingers will bring bluegrass, country, and honky-tonk, as does Mars Highway closer, and Slim Chance & His Psycho-Billy Playboys live up to their name. Then, on September 13 and 14, Utah Slim & The Desert Poets bring their ruminations on the desert to join in the western fun, alongside the blues of Vintage Overdrive and the Americana of Dead Cowboys.
The Bullfrog Concert Series. Amid the usual fairground events, there’s also the Bullfrog Concert Series, which kicks off on Tuesday, September 14 with a performance by two legendary bands, Styx and REO Speedwagon. This Bullfrog Concert Series show and those that follow are not included in the price of admission to the fair, however, and tickets for the former are $ 39 to $ 169. The debut of Days of ’47 Arena will be followed by a performance by Jon Pardi the following night, Wednesday, September 15, priced at $ 39 to $ 59. The third musical performance that completes the Bullfrog concert series is Nelly on Thursday, September 16, and tickets for that range go from $ 35 to $ 55. Tickets for the Bullfrog Concert Series, however, to do include admission to the fair, making it one hell of a two-iron.
Mixed Medium Day Bag. The next few days are a mix of genres: there’s rock with midday performances from DeNovo (September 15), Michael Barrow & The Tourists and Scarlet Rain (September 17), pop from Lavi $ h (September 16) ) and EIXO (September 17) and country by JD & the Brass Saddle Band, Pistol Rock (September 15) and Columbia Jones & the Harpoons (September 17). These three days are the days to visit if your group present is also a mix of interests and tastes. There will be something for everyone, split between the South Plaza Stage and the Gazebo Stage, from day to night.
Farewell to fair days. The fair ends with a few acts in its last two days, September 18-19. On Saturday, September 18, things start late in the day with lead singer and songwriter Kristen Beckwith opening things up for the band. Vann Moon, formerly known as The Tasty Snakes. Next comes a double header, with Intravenues and Cosmonauts performing on the South Plaza Stage at 9:30 p.m., and local country singer Steven Bosco performing his originals on the Gazebo Stage at the same time. On Sunday, September 19, a lively set of Scottish Festival Performers from morning until late afternoon, the vigor of which will be brought back to a relaxed atmosphere by soloist Katie Angie. To close the fair, local country boys, The Fox Brothers Band, will perform on the South Plaza Stage at 9pm.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, and there are many, many acts filling out every hour of each day of the fair. Be sure to visit utahstatefair.com for a full list of performers with dates, times, and performing locations.