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May 29
Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, AZ, Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with over half a billion views on YouTube, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide. 

May 30
Let There Be Light! Haydn's The Creation

The Salt Lake Symphony presents "The Creation," featuring Utah Voices. In Joseph Haydn's sweeping oratorio, experience the chaos of the formless universe, the brilliance of the creation and the love of Adam and Eve (before that pesky serpent).

Melissa Heath, Soprano
Robert Breault, Tenor
Christopher Clayton, Baritone

Founded in 1976, the Salt Lake Symphony is one of the areaâ??s most highly respected volunteer driven orchestras. The Salt Lake Symphony is a non-profit organization dedicated to performing quality classical music concerts for the Wasatch Front community. The Symphony performs around 15 concerts per year. The approximately seventy-five hard-working musicians of the SLS volunteer roughly 10,000 hours annually to accomplish this goal. Although the members of the Salt Lake Symphony come from all walks of life and frequently work full-time in other professions, they hold one thing in common: They play for the love and passion of music. Their dedication as volunteers sets them apart and creates a unique bond.

Utah Voices is a community choir focused on producing concerts that are actually fun for the audience â?? their motto is â??no boring concerts!â? Members don't audition to join the choir, but commit to a level of musical excellence that offers concert-goers fun, exciting, memorable and inspiring concert experiences. Founded in 2009, Utah Voices is the culmination of the dreams and united vision of a dedicated group of individuals who are passionate about making music.  Members of Utah Voices love to sing and commit voluntarily to the group. The singers vary in skill from no previous choral experience to substantial vocal training. They range from twenty-somethings to senior citizens and are business people, students, engineers, homemakers and more. 

Jun 1
Ailine's Touch of Polynesia

Experience the beauty of Polynesian dance! Learn more about the different cultures of each island through mesmerizing performances and magnificent costumes. ATOP has traveled and performed throughout the United States for the last 27 years and is based right here in Salt Lake City.

Jun 2
Ryan Adams

American singer-songwriter, musician and producer. He is best known for his prolific solo career, and as a former member of alternative country band Whiskeytown, with whom he recorded three studio albums.

Jun 2
The Weepies

The Weepies return to Salt Lake City and stop at The Depot.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 6 at 10:00 a.m.

Show has been changed to all ages.

Tickets available at all Smith's Tix locations, charge by phone 801-467-TIXX or toll free at 1-800-888-TIXX, and online at smithstix.com

Tickets are also available at the Depot box office day of show starting at 5PM (excluding club nights and private events) and on Fridays between 2PM-6PM (excluding holidays)

Patrons 18 years of age and younger are welcome to our ALL AGES shows when accompanied by a parent or guardian that is over the age of 18. Age information will be specified for each show. Additionally, because of Utahâ??s curfew law any ALL AGES show has to be over by 11 oâ??clock P.M. on weekdays and by 12 o'clock P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays

*Alcoholic beverages for 21+ will only be available on the mezzanine (3rd floor)

(while supplies last - subject to change - plus applicable fees where applied - 8 ticket limit)

Jun 4
Downtown Farmers Market Kick-Off Party and Fundraiser

Join the Downtown Farmers Market for a gathering of local growers, food purveyors and Market supporters as we preview the 2015 season and raise funds for our new Education Station and portable Market kitchen. The evening promises to be filled with all of the things that make the Market great—local food, live music, art and craft libations. Tickets are limited, and you don't want to miss this party!

Jun 6
Vicious: UMOCAs Annual Gala 2015

Prepare to unleash the rabble-rouser within for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2015 annual gala: Vicious. This is UMOCA’s largest fundraiser of the year, so join us for delectable eats, dancing, silent, silent art, and live auctions. You bring the ruckus! 

Jun 7
The Raven and The Writing Desk

Urban Lounge presents The Raven and The Writing Desk performing with Joel Pack and The Pops.

Jun 8
Tori Kelly

See Tori Kelly when her tour in support of her debut album Unbreakable Smile, stops at The Depot.

Jun 10
Celtic Woman - 10th Anniversary World Tour

Global music sensation, Celtic Woman, brings their 10th Anniversary Celebration to the Maverik Center on Wednesday, June 10th at 7:00 PM.

The enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs, with an unforgettable signature style. The 10th Anniversary Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women -- three angelic vocalists and dazzling Celtic violinist- along with a full band, The Anotas Choir, bagpipers, Irish dancers with bewitching choreography all under the direction of Emmy(R)-nominated music producer David Downes. A true celebration of their incredible 10-year journey that has captivated millions, don't miss Celtic Woman live in concert!

Jun 11
Cosmic Gate

German trance duo Cosmic Gate will whip the dance floor into a frenzy when they take the stage at The Depot. Quincy Weigert, Adrial Torres and Ryckie Elis will open.

Jun 12
Connect

Every month, the Utah Arts Alliance opens its doors to visual artists in the community, through the â??Connectâ? Program. Connect offers the rare opportunity for artists to showcase their work to the public each month, as well as begin the process of establishing themselves in the SLC art community.

At Connect, visual artists (painters, sketch artists, photographers, sculptors, mixed media, and culinary artists) are able to submit work for public showcase, vote for their favorite works to be entered into Urban Arts Gallery and December Connect, and hear from established artists and organizations on the subject of art.

Connect is pretty straightforward. Be sure to read the following information, before coming out:

Connect is a visual arts gallery. Unfortunately, unless you are able to bring your work the night of and take it with you, the night of, we cannot accept it. Also, it must be art that can be viewed at the pace of a patron. For example, no short film, dance, or live music can be submitted. Connect is FREE. A submitting artist can bring up to 3 pieces of their work.Connect is open to the public.When voting, it is polite NOT to vote for your own work.It is recommended that artists bring a 1 paragraph bio/artist statement with their work.Artists who attend regularly should PUSH THEMSELVES to bring AT LEAST one new piece, each month.We do not presently validate parking at the Gateway.Please read the program schedule! As we have much to cover, weâ??ll be adhering to it pretty closely!

A community art event where artists are welcome to bring up to three pieces of their art to exhibit, network, hear from a guest lecturer, and vote for their favorite three pieces.

Voting (7:00-8:00pm)Guest Speaker (8:00-8:20pm)Results of vote announced after Guest Speaker is finished

Jun 12
Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show

An amazing journey through five decades of Pink Floyd

Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to North America in 2015 to launch its Space & Time World Tour its most ambitious show to date; with a spectacular new light show, an even bigger stage production and over one hundred concerts planned throughout the United States and Canada between March and August 2015.

Celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd; from their creation in 1965 right through to the release of their brand new album, 'The Endless River’; this amazing new show includes performances from all Pink Floyd's biggest selling albums, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell plus a host of other Pink Floyd musical surprises.

Following last year's critically acclaimed 'Discovery World Tour’, Brit Floyd lead vocalist, guitarist & musical director, Damian Darlington, said, “The audience reaction has been phenomenal. Absolutely amazing everywhere. Thank you to everyone who came to see the show. We can’t wait to get out on the road again in 2015!"

Paying attention to every musical detail and faithfully recreating the 'true' live Pink Floyd concert experience, Brit Floyd will take you on an amazing musical journey, featuring the best moments from the incredible Pink Floyd back catalogue, and combine the latest state-of-the-art sound & light technology to create a performance that is as sonically perfect as it is visually awesome.

Brit Floyd's 'Space & Time World Tour 2015' will be their best tour yet.

Jun 12
Once Upon A Time Gala at the Gallivan

Join us for music, entertainment, and silent & live auctions. Your attendance will help to provide comprehensive mental health care to young children and their families. For more information or to make reservations, please visit us at childrenscenterutah.org

Jun 13
38th Utah Asian Festival

The Utah Asian communities invite you to celebrate 2015 Utah Asian Festival. Come enjoy a pageantry of performance, exhibits, Asian marketplace, arts and crafts and food from various Asian communities represented by Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Tibetan and Vietnamese. It's fun and free admission for everyone!

Special events include 10 a.m. - Children's Fashion Show; 10:30 a.m. - Little Apple Dance; 11 a.m. - Countries Cookoff; Noon - National Anthem by Joseph Buenaflor and Lion Dance; 12:30 to 5 p.m. - Cultural performances; 5 to 7 p.m. - Asian Pop Dancing / Fun Dress and Cosplay encouraged.

Our spotlight country is Japan and children will be celebrating Year of Ram in the activity center.

Jun 13
Utah Blues Festival

It's the 1st Annual Utah Blues Festival (formerly known as the six year running RnB Rendezvous).  A blues music festival featuring 8 Utah bands and 2 national headliners.

Jun 13
Kill Paris

Kill Paris will be out on tour this summer supporting his new album, Galaxies Between Us. Check him out live with guest Louis Futon at The Depot!

Jun 14
Sage Francis

Sage Francis is widely considered one of our generationâ??s greatest lyricists. His career derives mainly from gifted wordplay which creates vivid narratives to instigate as well as inspire, but since it often derives from an accumulation of public disdain and personal turmoil, itâ??s more about storming the castle than about watching the throne.

Jun 13 - Jun 14
7th Annual Brewfest

Eighteen local and national breweries will each be sampling 3-5 of their finest brews.

May 29 - Jun 15
Footloose

Riverton Arts Council presents Footloose.  One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher.  Come see this dynamic musical with its rockinâ?? rhythm and Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score as it hits the stage in Riverton.

Jun 16
Cooder - White - Skaggs

In a most exceptional pairing, master multi-instrumentalists Ry Cooder along with bluegrass and county pioneer, Ricky Skaggs, come alive on stage to deliver a revelatory program of blues, gospel and bluegrass. They are joined by Skagg’s wife Sharon White,one of the purest voices in country music, Joachim Cooder on drums, and Mark Fain on bass.

Jun 20
Discovery Gateway Children's Festival

Celebrate the arrival of summer in Downtown SLC at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Festival! There will be activities for kids of all ages including face painting, balloon art, science demos, art experiences, prize giveaways and much more!

Discovery Gateway is proud to partner with the Utah Foster Care Foundation’s annual Chalk Art Festival, by planning both events to coincide on the same day!

Bring the whole family to enjoy the beautiful chalk art alongside entertainment featuring local cultural and youth performance groups at the museum!

All activities at Discovery Gateway are $5 for members, $10 for non-members; the Chalk Art Festival is free and open to the public. Tickets available online at DiscoveryGateway.org, in advance at the museum or on the day of the event.

 

Jun 20
Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss

Music legends and Grammy Award winning artists Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station.

Jun 20
Zoo Unbirthday

Celebrate all the animals at the Zoo Unbirthday celebration. See special celebrations for some of the oldest animals, like Dari, the oldest African elephant in North America! Dari will be presented with a special cake at 10:30 am, followed by Free Pie from Village Inn. There will also be crafts for the kids, Learn to keep a beat with the Drum Bus, see an animal themed puppet show with Kipper Brothers, and get your geek on with FantasyCon.

 

May 29 - Jun 21
Art At The Main

Gardens inspire us. They are joyful, tranquil, and often filled with surprises. They represent the character of those who plant and cultivate them. So, too, does the work of artists who capture the garden’s essence through realistic details or those who express their feelings in a more abstract way.

Art at the Main Gallery, featuring only Utah artists will exhibit garden interpretations at the Red Butte Garden Visitor Center Art Gallery. The exhibit will include paintings created in oil, water color, acrylic, collage, and will include pieces sculptured in glass and clay.

Come browse the paintings, pottery, and glass created by the sixteen cooperative artists from Art at the Main. The show will celebrate our gardens, and all art will be for sale. Take a piece of art home to enjoy for your own inspiration.

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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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