Summer Concert Primer: Lists, Tips and Tricks
Summer concerts in Park City embody the “come for the winter, stay for the summer” cliché so often repeated, and for good reason: Watching either an upcoming or legendary performer outside, at night, at 7,000 feet is an experience not soon forgotten.
We’ve compiled a list of the top local venues, both in Park City and the Salt Lake Valley, to help you plan your summer concert schedule. But fair warning: With the amazing variety and breadth of shows coming to the Beehive State this summer, you’ll need to be strategic with both your time and your money. So take a few minutes to download the following listing to plot your summer musical course:
Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge has long been the summertime mountain home of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO), and this year’s 15th Deer Valley Music Festival lineup is sure to impress.
Kicking off with the venerable Chris Botti on June 28th, and finishing with every ‘90s college student’s fave, the Indigo Girls on August 10th, the series features headliners performing with one of the few full-time symphony orchestras remaining in the U.S. Not many musical experiences can compare to sitting outside under Park City’s starry skies with a picnic and a beverage. Bonus: You can either bring in your own picnic and beverages, or enjoy the legendary Deer Valley cuisine by either ordering in advance or purchasing on-site.
Tickets are either lawn or reserved, with low-slung (9” or lower) chairs allowed within the lawn seating area. And, while individual tickets are available for each show, you can also build your own package with the Design-A-Series and receive up to 20% off.
Tip: VIP packages that include special parking and admission to the Intermission Reception start at $1,000 (tickets not included), and since the USUO is a nonprofit, a portion of your purchase supports the arts and is tax-deductible.
Trick: Take free public transit from Park City Mountain, where there is plenty of free parking and a convenient transit stop. The Red and Lime busses will take you directly to the concert venue.
The List (only Main Stage concerts listed; smaller venue shows can be found on this listing:
Marie Osmond with the Utah Symphony
Patriotic Celebration with Broadway’s Hugh Panaro
Bravo Broadway! Life is a Cabaret
Aretha: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – Film in Concert
Disney in Concert: A Magical Celebration
Renée Elise Goldsberry
A Symphonic Space Celebration
Rodrigo Y Gabriela – Mettavolution Tour
Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture & Piano Concerto No. 1
An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth
The Music of the Rolling Stones: Circa 1969
The resort’s other concert series, aptly-named the Deer Valley Concert Series, begins on June 30 with Michael Franti & Spearhead + Ziggy Marley, closing on Sept. 7 with ‘80s mainstay Squeeze. As with the USUO shows, both reserved and lawn seats are available, however, this series places a “GA Floor” section between the reserved seating and the stage, with additional lawn seating behind reserved, while the USUO series places reserved seating right in front of the stage. Chairs no higher than 9” are permitted on the lawn, but the series does reserve one side of this section for blankets only. Tickets are available online by clicking here.
Tip: Lukas Nelson (yep – Willie’s son) and his band, Promise of the Real, were featured in the recent blockbuster, “A Star Is Born” as Jackson Maine’s backup band, so take a minute to watch (or re-watch) the film before checking out Lukas’ show.
Trick: Summer nights in Park City in late August and early September can get downright chilly, so be sure to bring layers – and even a down jacket – to put on as the evening cools considerably from the day.
Michael Franti & Spearhead | Ziggy Marley
Jenny Lewis plus special guest
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real with special guest The War and Treaty
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals | Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue with special guest Jessy Wilson
John Butler Trio + | St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Squeeze – The Songbook Tour with special guest X
Park City’s historic Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre has an impressive lineup of concerts and live theater this summer, as well, beginning with Rickie Lee Jones on June 7, 8 & 9, and running through to Labor Day weekend with The Lettermen performing Aug. 30, 31 & Sept. 1. With fewer than 300 seats, the Egyptian offers an intimate musical experience unmatched by larger venues. All shows conveniently have multiple run dates, and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
Tip: Join The Pharaoh Club to access front-of-house seating, and to also receive a few tickets for the Sundance Film Festival.
Trick: Park for free in the lower Deer Valley Resort lots and either walk to Main Street or grab the free city bus (but only on nights where there isn’t a concert at Snow Park Amphitheatre).
Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
Rickie Lee Jones
An Evening with Leo Kottke
A Chorus Line
August 2, 3:
Janis Ian & Livingston Taylor
Barefoot in the Park
Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals – Egyptian Theatre
August 30-Sept. 1:
The Lettermen – Egyptian Theatre
This year’s Park City Institute Big Stars Bright Nights series will be held indoors at the Eccles Center, and includes six shows, with Brothers Osborne on July 7, and concluding with Cam on Aug. 24. Tickets went on sale to members on April 26, and will go on sale to the public on May 6, when they will be available by clicking here.
Tip: Keep an eye out for information about off-site gatherings before each show, as food and beverages are not allowed inside the Eccles Center.
Trick: Purchase a membership before tickets go on sale to the public on May 6 for the best seating options.
Taj Mahal Quartet, and Marc Cohn featuring special guest vocalists Blind Boys of Alabama
There are many indoor spaces along Main Street to get your funk on, but none so perfectly laid out to allow for up-close-and-personal experiences with touring artists as O.P. Rockwell. Named for Orrin Porter Rockwell, controversial bodyguard to Latter-day Saints founder Joseph Smith, the venue offers craft cocktails and ample vantage points to enjoy the raised stage. Only a few shows for the summer have been announced, so far, and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
Tip: Sit above the crowd in one of the three VIP reserved seating areas, which include restricted entry and dedicated cocktail service.
Trick: Get a leg-up on the hottest shows coming to town before everyone else hears about them by subscribing to the venue’s newsletter.
Sean Kelly and The Samples
Poor Man’s Whiskey
Concerts at one of Salt Lake’s most beloved summer music venues, Red Butte Garden, go on sale to members on Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m., but – unfortunately – you can no longer buy a membership, as they have been placed on-hold until April 30. However, many shows are already on-sale, and tickets can be purchased here. This year’s series features an impressive 31 shows, and begins with Béla Fleck & The Flecktones on May 31. Highlights include Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (July 23), The Mighty O.A.R. with American Authors (Aug. 8) and Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (Sept. 19). Like the Deer Valley venue, concert goers can bring in their own food and drink. Tickets are available by clicking here.
Tip: Tickets for many sold-out shows become available on the day of the performance when artist holds are released, so keep an eye on the venue website or head to the box office when it opens that day.
Trick: Grab a group of friends and hire a local transportation company to bring you to and from the venue so you don’t have to worry about parking.
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones’
Little Feat 50th Anniversary Tour
A Concert Version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Howard Jones – Transform Tour 2019 with Men Without Hats and All Hail The Silence
Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6
Greensky Bluegrass with The Lil Smokeys
Utah Symphony’s Patriotic Celebration
Galactic with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Pink Martini with singer China Forbes
An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Trampled by Turtles with Dead South
John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness Tour with I’m With Her
Umphrey’s McGee with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Johnny Lang, J.J. Grey & Mofro
The Mighty O.A.R. – Summer Tour 2019 with American Authors
Shakey Graves/Dr. Dog
The B-52’s – 40th Anniversary Tour with OMD & Berlin
Steve Miller Band, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives
The Stray Cats – 40th Anniversary Tour
The Wood Brothers, Colter Wall
Amos Lee – My New Moon 2019 Tour with Madison Cunningham
An Evening with Gov’t Mule
Gary Clark, Jr.
An Evening with Mark Knopfler
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Tash Sultana with The Teskey Brothers
USANA Amphitheatre, Utah’s outdoor venue for headliner concerts, is located in West Valley and is the place to see many of the hottest tours of the summer. This year’s USANA series begins with Brad Paisley on June 13, and includes the highly-anticipated performance by Sting with the Utah Symphony to benefit Zion National Park on Aug. 31, plus a return of Dan Reynolds’ (of Imagine Dragons) LoveLoud Tour on June 29 to benefit national LGBTQ+ charities. Tickets for all shows can be purchased by clicking here.
Tip: From May 1-7, $20 all-in (no additional fees, etc.) tickets will be available for 15 USANA shows, with a T-Mobile presale on starting at 5 a.m. on April 30. Visit this link for more info.
Trick: Take a staycation at one of the many nearby hotels and use Uber or Lyft to get to the venue.
Brad Paisley Tour 2019
Train, Goo Goo Dolls
Summer Gods Tour 2019
LoveLoud Festival – Kesha, Martin Garrix, Tegan and Sara, Daya, Grouplove and others
Santana: Supernatural Now
The Avett Brothers
Shinedown: ATTENTION ATTENTION World Tour
Jon Bellion: The Glory Sound Prep Tour
Jason Aldean: Ride All Night Tour 2019
Knotfest Roadshow featuring: Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, Behemoth
Wiz Khalifa with French Montana, Playboi Carti, Moneybagg Yo, Chevy Woods and DJ Drama
Mumford & Sons
311 & Dirty Heads
Dave Matthews Band
Heart: Love Alive Tour
Sting and the Utah Symphony Celebrate 100 years of Zion National Par
Florida Georgia Line: Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour
KISS: End of the Road World Tour
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour
Located at the south end of the Salt Lake Valley, Sandy City might be the last place you’d think to enjoy some solid musical entertainment, but the Sandy Amphitheater has been growing its reputation and roster of artists every year since opening in 1999. The 2,750-seat venue offers 2,000 reserved seats and 750 lawn spaces, and features a ton of blast-from-the-past artists this summer, including Pat Benatar and the Gin Blossoms. Tickets are available by clicking here.
Tip: Sandy City has just voted to allow the previously-dry venue to sell beer to its thirsty patrons.
Trick: Got kiddos? Arrive early and beat the Salt Lake Valley heat to enjoy the adjacent water feature, a.k.a. splash pad on steroids.
Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband
Imagine + Beatles Orchestral Tribute
Tommy James & The Shondells
Arrival: The Music of ABBA
Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stone Tribute
Colin Mochrie presents HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Melissa Etheridge
July 19 & 20
Norah Jones – Sandy Amphitheater
MAMMA MIA, The Musical
Lost ‘80s Live: A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, The Vapors, Boys Don’t Cry, The Escape Club, Real Lafe, Farrington & Mann
The Bellamy Brothers
Broadway Princess Party featuring Broadway’s Original Cinderella, Belle and Anastasia
Collective Soul & Gin Blossoms: Now’s The Time Tour
KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019
Brian Wilson with Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin plus special guests The Zombies
Located in nearby Kamas, the DeJoria Center offers two indoor venues – the main arena and the more intimate State Road Tavern – in which to present their summer concerts, which include Leftover Salmon (June 21), Wynonna and the Big Noise (Aug. 2) and UB40 (Aug. 23). Tickets are available by clicking here.
Tip: Enjoy dinner onsite at the State Road Tavern & Restaurant before the show.
Trick: Stay out of the fray and purchase a VIP Booth for certain shows, which includes eight seats, complimentary soft drinks and a dedicated server.
The List (this does not include smaller shows at the State Road Tavern or community events):
Roots & Boots 90s Electric Throwdow