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Downtown Salt Lake’s Summer Jumpstart Awakens Local Arts Scene

Every summer, Salt Lake City gets a shot in the arm from the Twilight Concert Series. Not just an economic jumpstart, but a mini cultural awakening. Starting in mid-July, thousands of concert goers descend on Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake, bringing the often quiet streets alive with energy and an artistic edge.

What started out as a series offering obscure acts at the Gallivan Center has turned into one of the premier outdoor concert series in the nation. Blending trendy indie-rock bands with hip-hop, folk and up-and-coming acts, the series provides a lineup that bridges many musical tastes.

BEAU is supporting the series again this year. It is an opportunity to professionally network during the event, but it also allows the university to support a growing arts scene.

“We want to promote any event that furthers our state’s creative culture, especially in the Salt Lake area,” says BEAU Community Manager Peter Tomala. “Being a part of the Twilight Concert Series is an impactful way of trying to shed the misconception that the area isn’t a hip and growing arts scene—because in fact it is.”

The Salt Lake City Arts Council follows a similar aspiration for putting the event on. According to the group, “Through the arts, the Salt Lake City Arts Council ensures that Utah’s capital city is a vibrant, creative and active community, supporting a comprehensive menu of arts activities for people in every age group and every background, recognizing that the arts in one form or another provide excitement, challenge and satisfaction.”

Every Thursday through September 5 brings a new band to downtown Salt Lake. Notable headliners include: MGMT, Ludacris, Kid Cudi and the Flaming Lips. Check out the Twilight Concert Series website for more information  and stop by BEAU’s Facebook page for weekly ticket giveaways.