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Sep 19
Real Salt Lake vs Colorado

Professional Soccer:  The battle between Real Salt Lake and Colorado is held at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Sep 19
Elton John

Elton John and his band return to West Valley City, UT on September 19th at Maverik Center as part of the “All The Hits” tour. The 10-city tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his highly acclaimed remastered album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Sep 19
Atmosphere - North Of Hell Tour

With the exception of Prince and Bob Dylan, Minnesota is seldom mentioned as a hotbed of musical talent. But quietly, the land of 10,000 lakes has boasted one of the most venerable duos in hip-hop in recent memory. Since the release of their first official album Overcast! in 1997, MC Sean "Slug" Daley and producer Anthony "Ant" Davis have built one of the most loyal followings in a genre where even the most skilled artists are not guaranteed lasting relevance.

Now, with their eight official full-length studio album Southsiders dropping earlier this month, the Rhymesayers originators celebrated more than two decades of making music together.

Sep 19
Jeff The Brotherhood

The best rock 'n' roll, the kind that gets under your skin and makes all your senses heighten, is simple and comprised of hard work and unrelenting passion—all of which JeffThe Brotherhood embody and exemplify on their Warner Bros. Records debut LP, Hypnotic Nights. Brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall have been playing together since they were little kids and formed the group when they were in high school. The boys grew up with a voracious appetite for any music they could get their hands on.

Sep 19 - Sep 20
Samba Fogo Presents: Axe

Samba Fogo is proud to present “Axé” (pronounced aw­shay) in the Jeanne Wagner Theater at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. An interactive, high­energy show for all ages, “Axé” features Brazilian dance and folklore, live music, Brazilian martial art, and FIRE.

Sep 20
tedX Salt Lake City

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxSaltLakeCity, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSaltLakeCity event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Sep 20
Rock 'N' Ribs Festival

Join them at the Gallivan Center for the annual Rock 'N' Ribs Festival. Some of Utah's greatest BBQ restaurants will offer sample plates among their other flame-grilled favorites, so you can try a little of everything!

Sep 22
Macy Gray

Spend an evening with R&B and soul singer Macy Gray when she brings her The Way Tour to The Depot.

Sep 27
X96 Big Ass Show

Eighteen years, hundreds of bands, two stages and several venues throughout the years but the X96 Big Ass Show is at Gallivan to stay! Come to the Gallivan Center for the Big Ass Show and meet your favorite bands and X96 DJs, drink some frosty beverages, taste some great food and experience all that amazing Galllivan festivals have to offer!

Aug 23 - Oct 4
Boot Scootin' Boogie - Utah's 1st and Only Country Bum

"Daisy Dukes and Cowboy Boots". The Boot Scootin' Boogie Run is a western themed, cowboy kickin' themed obstacles mud run. So Cowboy Up!! Live Entertainment

Ya'll think playing in the mud is fun? Just imagine playing in mud while romping like a cowboy or cowgirl. The Boot Scootin' Boogie is a western themed, cowboy kickin' themed obstacles mud run.
Get down and dirty in the mud with challenging obstacles, such as:
•Rope wrangling
•Hay mound hopping
•Cattle chutes
•Cowpie slinging
•Fence flinging
•Milky way
•Two step terrain
•Snake in the boot

So shine up those belt buckles and bring your little cowboys and cowgirls. This is going to be a party that even the youngsters don't want to miss.

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Aug 16 - Oct 12
Oktoberfest

Snowbird's Oktoberfest began in 1973, when two men costumed in leather lederhosen, inspired by the towering mountains that reminded them of their homeland, came to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort to play their accordions and sing in their native German tongue. Now – attracting over 60,000 visitors annually – Oktoberfest has grown to become one of the largest festivals in Utah. Oktoberfest includes Oktoberfest Halle featuring the tastes of Bavaria with entertainment from local and national German bands and yodelers.

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House speaker backs convention center hotel

Published: 02/06/2014
 

After a bill to fund a convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City fell just short of legislative approval last session, House Speaker Becky Lockhart challenged Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to devise a megahotel plan that helps the whole state, not just the capital city. He apparently has.

Lockhart joined other legislative, business and community leaders Wednesday in endorsing a soon-to-appear bill that will lend state financial aid to the privately led development of a headquarters hotel adjacent to the Salt Palace Convention Center.

"I'm honored to lend my support to this visionary venture," said the Provo Republican in a news conference from the Sky Bridge linking City Creek Center's shops east and west of Main Street.

She voted against the measure last session, when it fell three votes short of passage on the session's final night

What secured Lockhart's backing now is a provision - in a bill that will be introduced later this week - that sets aside funding for promotional materials that can be distributed in advance to people attending conventions in Salt Lake City, encouraging them to lengthen their trips and visit other Utah attractions.

As an example, an "Experience Utah" video produced by the Utah League of Cities & Towns was shown, touting all that the state has to offer.

"This shows the never-ending ways to explore Utah," Lockhart said, calling the tourism-generating connection to convention-center funding "an agenda for action."

Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, said the bill will be unveiled in the House later this week and that Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, will be its Senate sponsor.

As last year, this new version envisions joint contributions by the state, Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City to the construction of public-meeting facilities within a privately financed hotel of 800 to 1,200 rooms. Its total cost is projected at $335 million.

Wilson said the new bill puts a $75 million cap on the public investment - $25 million by each government - and specifies the hotel itself will be funded privately, with the developer qualifying for tax rebates once the hotel is generating new revenues.

About 5 percent of the revenue that could go toward those rebates will be diverted to the tourism-promotion effort, McAdams added.

That initiative should alleviate the concerns of rural lawmakers, he said, insisting again Wednesday that a megahotel will not hurt existing downtown hotels - as claimed by the Utah Taxpayers Association and Sinclair Oil, owner of the Grand America and Little America hotels.

McAdams contends the headquarters hotel will enable Visit Salt Lake to book more conventions at the Salt Palace, compensating existing hoteliers for business lost in competition to the megahotel.

Jordan Garn, executive director of the Utah Hotel & Lodging Association, said his member hotels - including Sinclair's - don't think that will be the case.

Their impact study (with the taxpayers association) indicates that in the first five years of the megahotel's operation, existing hotels will lose out on $105 million to the owner of the government-subsidized, 1,000-room hotel.

"We are working tirelessly to see how are concerns can be mitigated," Garn said. "We're disappointed the speaker has decided to support the measure without some sort of mitigation element to it that appreciates the positive impact our hotels have had on the community."

But other downtown business interests back the idea.Salt Lake Chamber President Lane Beattie said the funding formula is sound because the incentives offered to attract a hotel builder are similar to what the Governor's Office of Economic Development provides to other businesses courted by the state."The legislation is consistent with strategies supported by our business community," he said.

Linda Wardell, general manager of City Creek Center, said the proposed hotel would benefit her mall and its stores significantly. Studies show, she added, that shopping is the prime leisure activity of conventioneers, who spend four times more than regular shoppers. Each big convention attracts thousands of visitors, Wardell said, people "who will return home as evangelists for City Creek Center and other parts of Utah."

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