SALT LAKE CITY – It’s no secret that one of Utah’s best summer concert venues is Red Butte Gardens.
Many people will pack a picnic and go to a show no matter who is playing just to enjoy a summer night under the stars listening to live music.
Tickets recently went on sale for the 2011 summer season, and fans will not be disappointed. For the second year in a row, Red Butte will host 21 concerts this summer. It wasn’t that long ago that the Red Butte summer concert series had only eight shows.
“We feel 21 is the right number,” said Red Butte communications director Bryn Ramjoue.
The first Red Butte sellout of the season officially went to the last show of the summer, Alison Krauss and Union Station, who will be performing Sept. 4. That show sold out in 90 minutes.
Other shows that have already sold out at the 3,000 capacity venue include Steve Miller (who is making his Red Butte debut on Pioneer Day, July 24), The Moody Blues (the first show of the season on May 29), Sheryl Crow (June 24) and Michael Franti & Spearhead (July 14).
What Ramjoue has heard from a lot of concert-goers this year is this summer’s lineup will bridge family generations.
“A lot of people in their 40s and 50s have told me they’re excited to take their 20-something children, or their 20-something children are taking mom and dad to a show,” she said. “Kids know this is the music of their parents and they’re getting into this music themselves. They want to share something with their folks. People are alive when they’re at a show here.”
Some of the other multi-generational shows being talked about this year include Buddy Guy, Peter Frampton on the 35th anniversary of Frampton Comes Alive and Dweezil Zappa plays the songs of his father, Frank Zappa.
Other shows at Red Butte this summer include Cake, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Lyle Lovett and K.D. Lang.
A complete list of shows can be found at http://www.redbuttegarden.org/concerts.