Memorial Day music, Red Butte change, and 2011 Twilight Concert Series

There’s a great lineup of live acts coming to town this Memorial Day weekend.

My recommendations:

Friday: Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers at The Complex in Salt Lake City.
Saturday: Dierks Bentley with Reckless Kelly and Sawyer Brown at the Miller Motor Sportspark in Tooele
If that’s too far to drive, the Old 97’s will be in Salt Lake City.
Sunday: Adele at The Depot.

If you don’t already have tickets for the Adele show, you may be out of luck. That show has been sold out about as long as her latest release, “21” and her single, “Rolling in the Deep” have been at the top of the charts…a couple of months!

If you can’t get into Adele, The legendary Moody Blues will be in town.

NOTE: The Moody Blues were originally scheduled to kickoff the Red Butte summer concert season. The show has been moved, however, to The Nu Skin Theatre inside the Energy Solutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple.

Red Butte officials released a statement saying the county’s crown jewel of outdoor concert venues was still plagued by December’s oil spill caused when one of Chevron’s pipes broke, sending 32,000 gallons of crude oil into Red Butte Creek.

“The venue change was made necessary by damages to the Red Butte Garden amphitheatre caused by the December 2, 2010 oil spill that could not be repaired in time for this season’s first concert,” according to the statement.

Speaking of outdoor summer concerts, the lineup at the newly remodeled Gallivan Center keeps getting better and better. Willie Nelson’s website lists a Sept. 6 date for the Gallivan Center. According to the website, tickets go on sale June 10.

And Salt Lake City has announced this year’s Twilight Concert series lineup to be held at Pioneer Park:

July 14 – Explosions in the Sky/No Age
July 21 – The Decemberists/Typhoon
July 28 – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Aug. 4 – Thurston Moore/Kurt Vile
Aug. 11 – Bright Eyes
Aug. 18 – Ghostland Observatory
Aug. 25 – Lupe Fiasco

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