Just as we love the warm embrace that the sun provides us during the summer, there’s something we love even more. It isn’t until the stars emerge that we are able to enjoy one of the best events of the Utah summer: The Twilight Concert Series.
Every week from mid-July to Labor Day, some of the most noted and creative artists visit Salt Lake City as part of an initiative to connect audiences with “artists that reflect strong artistic values and diverse social principles”.
This concert series will be hosting some incredible musicians that you can’t miss. If you haven’t heard of them already, allow us to introduce you to 7 indie artists we love.
1. Chet Faker is an Australian soul and downtempo artist famous for his smooth-as-molasses cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”. Inspired by the brassy tones of jazz and the artistic influence of Bob Dylan, Faker continues to rise to fame as he continues to be nominated and win awards with some of the most notable ones being the Triple J “Best Album” and Aria Awards for “Best Male Artist”. Chet Faker will be performing on July 21.
2. Fitz and the Tantrums are a neo-soul, indie pop group made up of six members hailing from Los Angeles. Started by Michael Fitzpatrick with church organ in hand and a friend or two, the band only grew in popularity from there on out. Their hit single, “She’s Out of My League” quickly rose to number one on Billboard’s Alternative chart. Fitz and the Tantrums will be performing on September 1.
3. Jenny Lewis is an indie rock and alternative country artist who is known for providing the lead vocals in the band Rilo Kiley. The band was first known for a pure country sound but evolved towards a more indie rock sound as they matured. In 2011, Lewis branched off to begin her solo career and has since created 3 albums appealing to folk, rock and country music fans around the country. Jenny Lewis will be performing on August 11.
4. Shannon & The Clams are a self-proclaimed indie garage punk trio but they’ve got one of the more unique sounds on the music scene. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think some of their songs were from the 50’s since they incorporate strong elements of doo-wop into their garage-punk styled sound. Plus, their videos have some quirky artistic elements that are as inventive as they are richly creative. Shannon and the Clams will be performing on August 11.
5. Grimes (aka Claire Elise Boucher) is a Canadian dream-pop artist who describes her sound as “ADD music” due to the many changing phases that this artist tends to go through. While her influences are far too many to name, they span the entire spectrum: from Marilyn Manson to Enya. Signed by Jay-Z and gaining momentum since receiving the Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year, she’s only bound to continue to grow in popularity. Her recent release, “California” is currently trending higher and higher in the charts. Grimes will be performing on August 25.
6. Diplo (aka Thomas Wesley Pentz) is a DJ from Los Angeles, California. Raised in Tennessee, he cites “home grown rap” as being one of the major influences in his art. Diplo worked with M.I.A. at the beginning of his career which helped him gain some publicity on his rise to fame. Diplo’s collaboration with Justin Bieber on “Where Are U Now” is his most successful single so far. He was most recently nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Dance/Electronic Album & Best Dance Recording - which he won for both categories. BADBADNOTGOOD will be opening for Diplo on August 4.
7. PUSHA T (aka Terrence Thornton) is a pure hip-hop artist from The Bronx. Pusha T initially started a group called Clipse with his brother, Gene in 1992. Pusha went on to collaborate with numerous artists, including Kellis and Nivea. He soon saw his career start to rapidly grow in late 2010 with the signing of a new record label, GOOD Music, which had already signed infamous rapper Kanye West. Pusha T was up for two Grammy Awards in 2013 for his work on “Mercy” with Kanye West, Big Sean and 2 Chainz. Pusha T will be playing on August 18.
8. Digable Planets is a Nineties alternative hip-hop group that heavily incorporates jazz into their unique style. The trio initially formed in the Eighties but had broken up several times prior to hitting the road again in 2016. Their single, “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” was a top 20 hit in 1992, which peaked at number 15 on the Billboard charts. Digable Planets, consisting of Ishmael Butler, Mary Ann Vieira and Craig Irving are playing a reunion tour this year and will be part of the lineup in the Twilight Concert Series on August 18.