You don’t have to wait long now for Salt Lake City’s most popular free summer concert series to begin. This year’s Twilight Concert Series season kickoff takes place on Thursday, July 14th with Explosions in the Sky and No Age.
Straight out of Texas, Explosions in the Sky comes to Utah as one stop on a lengthy North American tour. Classified as an “American instrumental” and “post-rock” band, this four-member group originated in Austin, Texas in 1999. A year later, they recorded their first album. In the decade following their first record, they’ve produced five more, with their latest, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, becoming their most popular. To those unfamilar with specific genre labels, theirs is a familiar, heavily instrumental “indie” sound, not unlike The Decemberists.
No Age is a group of two, putting out a slightly more energetic, up-tempo indie rock sound. Randy Randall and Dean Spunt, with musical careers reaching back long before the band’s founding, came together in 2005. Shortly after they released their first album, Weirdo Rippers, in 2007. This band adheres to no strict rules, blending any number of sounds (including punk) in the name of creating music they’re “psyched” to listen to.
Twilight Concerts are completely free; gates open at 5:00 pm and shows start promptly at 7:00. In addition to the music, vendors arrive at Pioneer Park (300 South 300 West), offering goods ranging from beer and wine to local jewelry and other crafts. No coolers or outside alcoholic beverages allowed. Check the series website for more specific rules.