Gallivan Plaza gets packed for Young the Giant at Twilight Concert Series

On August 1, 2019 people from all over the state came to see Young The Giant; accompanied by The Aces and Sego. The temperature was a pleasant 84 degrees, which was nice compared to our usual summer weather. The night was full of drinks, food and most importantly good music. Anticipation was high. One of the photographers for the show, Justin Lagman, said “People were already lining up around 3 in the afternoon”.

Gallivan Plaza filled up quickly, with more people watching from the top of the surrounding buildings. The occasional cheers to the sound and lighting crew were hilarious and just raised the anticipation even higher as they got the stage ready for the headliner.

The main performance

It was finally time for the band to take the stage. The crowd quickly blew up with cheers as the beginning notes of “Oblivion” played off their most recent album Mirror Master. Bleeding into the next song “Something to Believe In”. The crowd rocked together back and forth in unison singing with conviction, “Now give me something to believe in.”

Already two songs in, it was easy to see that the band had quickly established crowd control and the audience were along for the ride. Toning it down a bit, the band transitioned to “Heat of the Summer”. They eventually ended their set with the melancholy “Call Me Back”, joined with couples slow dancing.

The band quickly thanked Salt Lake City and walked swiftly off stage. The crowd chanted together saying, “Encore, encore, encore!” With no hesitation, the band quickly got back on stage with lead singer Sameer Ghadia changing into a glittery robe. They played three more songs; ending it strongly with “My Body”. The lines, “But I won’t quit, cause I want more”, rang loudly across the venue as the lights intensified with every beat of the drum.

Crowd reaction

When asked about their favorite performance of the night, majority of concert goers agreed on Young The Giant.

When asking a group of concert attendees why, they said, “We grew up on them.” The majority of those who were asked agreed on “Something to Believe In” as the song of the night.

Even after the performance ended I could still feel the guitar chords, the banging of the drums running through the air, and the lines, “But I won’t quit, cause I want more”, as I was walking out of venue, joined by the crowd in the once again quiet streets of Salt Lake City.

Concert review: Vince Staples (8/8/19)

On August 8th, Vince Staples performed in Salt Lake City, Utah as part of the weekly summer Twilight Concert Series at the Gallivan Center. The concert was the fourth of the summer following shows headlined by Hippie Sabotage, Blind Pilot, and Young The Giant. The last two shows of this year’s concert series are Courtney Barnett on August 15th and Santigold on August 30th. 

Of all of the shows announced for this summer, I had been looking forward to this one the most since it was announced earlier this year. Keep reading for my analysis of the show and what you missed out on if you didn’t attend!   

Beginning of the show

The gates of the Gallivan Center opened at 6pm and the music started around 6:30pm. Everything was running smoothly with the openers performing their sets until about 7:15pm. Right around that time is when a huge thunderstorm hit and the show had to be delayed due to lightning strikes. The delay went on for nearly an hour, making for some shocked and peeved concert-goers.

Luckily the rain started to clear up around 8:15pm and the crowd ended up getting blessed with mostly clear skies for the rest of the evening. There were still sprinkles of rain here and there, but nothing worth shutting the show down again over. Now that the skies were clear, everyone was on edge while waiting for the Long Beach native Staples to come out and perform for them.   

Staples makes his appearance in SLC

After the DJ warmed the crowd up with music for around 30 minutes, Vince Staples finally made his appearance in SLC around 8:45pm. He came out to FM! track “FUN!” and pumped energy into everyone immediately. Following the intro track, he performed a few of his Big Fish Theory songs including “Big Fish” and “745”. These ended up being some fan-favorites for the evening, gathering great reactions from those in attendance. 

As the show went on, Staples played tracks from nearly every era of his music with the inclusion of some of his most popular features. He played Summertime 06 bangers “Senorita” and “Lift Me Up”, as well as Prima Donna titular track “Prima Donna”. He then played his feature on Gorillaz track “Ascension” to the delight of many mutual fans, along with his Black Panther The Album feature on “Opps”.

Near the end of the show is when the crowd really started getting into it and having a great time. Possibly the best reaction of the night came when Vince performed one of his most popular tracks, “BagBak”. The crowd went crazy when the politically-charged bouncy banger came on. You could feel the energy and it was my personal highlight of the whole show.

As the show was ending, Staples capped it off with a bang. He performed an essential banger in “Blue Suede” and then ended the show with his magnum opus (as he referred to it) in “Norf Norf”. The crowd roared in appreciation as Staples gave them a final shoutout and walked off the stage into a cool SLC night.          

Final thoughts

It would be easy for me to say the typical “wow, that was such a great show”, but I feel that it is necessary to heap praise on Vince Staples for his performance in SLC. That show, especially for being such an affordable one, was honestly amazing. You could tell that Staples is very passionate about giving everyone in attendance a great experience. 

Overall, even if you aren’t a huge hip hop fan I would recommend seeing a Vince Staples show when you get the opportunity. He involves the crowd very well and performs all of his essential tracks. He sets the precedent for what a hip hop show should be and could be a model example for other up-and-coming hip hop acts. 

Concert preview: Vince Staples at Twilight Concert Series

For pretty much every summer Thursday night since I can remember, the Twilight Concert Series has been taking place in Downtown Salt Lake City. It has become a staple (haha) for music lovers in SLC, especially those who enjoy quality and inexpensive concerts. The summer of 2019 boasts another great lineup full of artists of many genres, creating shows that most music fans will love. 

Historically up to this point, Twilight hasn’t been super full of hip hop artists. Sure there is at least one hip hop-centric show per year if we’re lucky, but there are many fans that have been clamoring for more. Yet again this year there is only one true hip hop show in the lineup, being Long Beach’s own Vince Staples. If you don’t know much about Vince Staples, I’ve got you for everything you need to know before the show on August 8th.


Important info

Before I introduce you to Vince Staples, here is some important information that you should know about the show and Twilight in general. The Twilight Concert Series is being held at the Gallivan Center in Downtown SLC at 239 Main Street. Parking is available in the parking garage below the center and on surrounding streets. Guests are allowed to bring an empty water bottle inside the venue, with other beverages and various food options being sold on site.   

The gates for the show open at 6pm, but the music doesn’t start until 6:30pm. Tickets for the show start at $10 if you buy them online and $15 if you buy them at the venue. There are also VIP tickets available for $50 that come with a closer viewing experience and a 21+ bar. 


Who is Vince Staples anyway?

Truthfully, it is hard to describe Vince Staples as just your everyday run-of-the-mill hip hop artist because he is so much more than that. Since breaking onto the scene in the early 2010s, Staples has turned into a force on the West Coast. He’s released three studio albums and a plethora of mixtapes and EPs thus far in his career. His studio albums, Summertime ‘06, Big Fish Theory, and FM!, have all been met with critical or near-critical acclaim from critics and fans.

While he may not have the chart topping numbers of his rap game peers, Vince Staples always tries to make interesting music with a concept behind it. He is very experimental, gaining notoriety for it back in his days of working with Odd Future. You may have even heard some of his music before but didn’t recognize it because it all sounds so different from each other.  

Being that this concert is a one-off and not part of a larger tour, you can expect Vince to perform music from his entire catalog instead of just his latest album FM!. Some of his most popular and best tracks that you’ll be more than likely to hear include “Blue Suede”, “Norf Norf”, “BagBak”, “Big Fish”, and “Feels Like Summer”

Come say hi to K-UTE!

As with every other Twilight show this summer, K-UTE Radio will be present with our own table! We will be playing tunes before the show and giving out merch, so come through and say what’s up to us. It is sure to be a great night for hip hop fans and music lovers in general! Follow us on Instagram @k_ute_radio for ticket giveaways leading up to the Vince Staples show as well as other Twilight shows. 

K-UTE Radio/University of Utah does not own any images in this piece. 

Twilight Recap: Blind Pilot

 

There’s something to be said for a single event having the ability to bring people of various ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles together. Concerts are a prime example of this phenomenon, sparking solidarity over the love and appreciation of a specific artist and their music.

Setting the Stage

Last Thursday evening, Salt Lake City locals began to stream into the Gallivan Center eager to see Blind Pilot, Foxwarren and The Hollering Pines. Anticipation rose throughout the night as each band played their set to an ever-growing crowd. Families sat together in the grass, dancing and swaying to the beat. Young adults casually bobbed their heads, careful not to spill their local brews and food truck bites. Just right of the stage, trash pong was a hit with old and young alike. The surrounding office building windows sparkled in the setting sun as it fell between the downtown skyscrapers, and the Walker Center Tower was lit just as Blind Pilot appeared on stage.

From concert to community

The cheers from the crowd were soon drowned out as Blind Pilot began their first song. Each instrument flowed together in perfect harmony: Israel Nebeker on guitar and vocals, Ryan Dobrowski on drums, Luke Ydstie on drums, Dave Jorgensen on trumpet, Kati Claborn on guitar, and Ian Krist on percussion. As the band played on and the night drew to a close, the mass of concert attendees became a community. When the show ended around 11pm, we all streamed out back into the streets of downtown Salt Lake. Everyone a little more united with the people walking next to them, connected by the joint experience of that one night.

-Written by Victoria Barrera

-Photos by Sage Holt

2019 Twilight Concert Series Kicks off

The 2019 Twilight Concert Series kicked off with Hippie Sabotage, Xylo, and Tishmal this past Saturday at the Galivan Center downtown. Kuteradio.org was thrilled when we heard that our partners at S&S took it upon themselves again to save the annual summer concert series this year!

Gallivan Center

This is the first year the concert series has come to the Gallivan Center. The change in location is ultimately for the better for the summer series. The Gallivan Center did exponentially better than Pioneer Park in terms of handling that many people for the sold out show. In addition, they have done a lot to make the Gallivan center a unique outdoor venue experience. They were lawn games in the mix, like giant pong and giant checkers, which was a fun interactive addition.

Hippie Sabotage

Hippie Sabotage came on around 8:30, treating everyone who came out to hear some fat beats to a clinic. We loved the crowd that showed up for the show. Everyone was having a good time at the new venue. There was a really big >21 presence at this particular show, but the younger generation still showed up and expressed themselves through costumes, outfits, body art, etc. Lots of community members came out for the show, and I ended up running into an old homie sporting some sick face-paint.

Looking Forward

We’re really looking forward to the rest of the Twilight Concert series this summer. There is a lot of diversity when it comes to the artists they are bringing out. All of the Hip Hop Heads of Salt Lake are certainly looking forward to seeing Vince Staples, Leikeli47, and local producer Concise Kilgore on August 8th! Thanks again to S&S for presenting the 2019 Twilight Concert Series and partnering with us to give our listeners the opportunity to see these shows for free!  Stay up with K-Ute on our social medias for ticket giveaways to all the next Twilight Shows and more S&S sponsored shows. Don’t forget to come say whats up at the U of U Student Media booth this Thursday for Blind Pilot at the Gallivan Center where we’ll be giving away even more free tickets and making connections with all of our fans!

A TWILIGHT ZONE: Belle Jewel / Phoebe Bridgers / Cat Power

A Twilight Zone, the chronicling of Salt Lake City denizens looking for music, adventure, & life at the Twilight Concert Series

Sarah

I’ll admit, I wasn’t too excited for this week’s Twilight Concert. I didn’t know many of the acts, and the rest of my colleagues and I had been racing across military level obstacle courses since 7 am that morning (a compelling story for another time). However, this concert turned out to be one of my favorite Twilight experiences so far.

The first act was a girl named Belle Jewel. The first thing I noticed was her striking resemblance to the indie-pop singer, Bishop BriggsBelle sported circular glasses, space buns, and white overalls over a black shirt. The set was pretty simple; vocals and an acoustic guitar or keyboard, but her voice was extremely relaxing and beautiful.

Up next was Phoebe Bridgersa female indie-folk singer from California. Her set was nice, and like Belle Jewel, the songs were relaxed and helped to set the tone for Cat Power. However, I noticed thatthis Twilight concert had a much different feel compared to the previous show where Solange headlined. All of the acts had a maximum of 2 people on stage, and the songs seemed to be more focused lyrically compared to instrumentally. While it certainly wasn’t the concert to go crazy at, it was a nice change of pace for the Twilight concerts and provided a calm atmosphere to sit down and listen to some good music.

Finally, Cat Power took the stage to play a solo set with her piano and guitar. My friend and lovely DJ here at K-UTE, Tristan, and I sat down to talk and enjoy the show. We both immediately fell in love with her voice. It was heartfelt, vulnerable, and powerful all at the same time. Occasionally she would stop to apologize to the crowd for a technical difficulty or if she thought her vocals sounded off, but the crowd wasn’t having it. They applauded and begged her to keep going regardless of any mishaps because she sounded beautiful either way.

Martyn

And suddenly, it was another Thursday night speeding across the city to one of the most unexpected Twilight concerts. Cat Powers appearance was being touted as “(solo)” for weeks now and it piqued the interest of more than a few concert goers beforehand as to how Charlyn Marie Marshall (aka Cat Power) would fare filling up the usual park. It wasn’t so much a question of audible loudness, but the energy that came from the previous acts.

I arrived more than a few minutes late, missing out on Utah native Belle Jewel although hearing that she performed a nice acoustic set minutes before my estimated time of arrival. Apologies to her performance. I meandered inconspicuously, wondering about the previous few Thursdays, how they began becoming this culmination of the week’s events. It was also taco night in the sponsor tent, and again, lanyards grant immeasurable access. Events seemed fleeting, the sun set earlier than usual, and I readied myself for the processing of thought whilst watching a performing act.

Minutes after this awfully meta cognition covering some tired questions, Phoebe Bridgers came out onstage accompanied by her self-named friend from Los Angeles (he had recently moved). Phoebe was predominantly playing an acoustic while her newly-planted LA friend played electric guitar. It gave her a fuller sound than the regular acoustic pieces the crowd had heard with Belle Jewel. The songs were a genuinely nice fit for the rest of the evening. Only because the music was quieter, in this sense of instrumentation, the set does not disregard the level of affection from the crowd. Belle Jewel’s set went through endearingly nice banter with the crowd and this created a sense of intimacy that went beyond the usual venue accommodations for the distance between performer and audience. While many of the songs had a similar appeal, the performance managed to help set the mood for the headliner. It was also her birthday, but that could have been self-proclaimed hearsay.

Cat Power came out quietly under the purple lights and immediately began playing. Her soulful voice carried around the park, now late-night summer dark, creating a new Twilight Concert atmosphere. It was quiet, and it was less rushed than previous concerts. Cat Power played song after song, without the need or apparent want to elicit cheers from the crowd with banter or anecdotes. The whole solo aspect was immediately apparent, but Cat Power held the attention of onlookers by her talent for guitar playing and lyrics. Not necessarily lethargic but inherently laid back was the theme of the night. A break from the heat and rushing crowd of past weeks. I found myself walking out of the park, greeted by night and noise awash the background voice of this singer.

Photos by Morgan Parent