Aside from the astounding selection of music festivals in Utah, an impressive array of musicians, bands and performers regularly make a stop in Utah. This summer is going to be hot with concerts including Katy Perry, Josh Groban, Diana Ross, Bowling for Soup, He is We and Gym Class Heroes. Here’s just a smattering of some of the shows that we here at QSaltLake are excited to see.
June 23, 8 p.m., The State Room
Known for her heartfelt and inspiring pop anthems, Bedingfield is touring the U.S. after a long stint in the U.K.
July 13, 7:30 p.m., UCCU Center (Utah Valley University)
The platinum-recording artist Owl City is one Adam Young whose beat and music is a breath of fresh air in today’s often saturated market of hipster emo music.
July 14, 7:30 p.m., Saltair
The piano rocker is often compared to Elton John in both his lyrics and his musicianship. His live shows are energetic and intimate.
July 16, 7 p.m., Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover
The politically incorrect and hilarious stand-up comic has developed an enormous gay following with her jokes that often celebrate and poke-fun at gay culture.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
July 16, 7 .m., Gallivan Center
Potter, who hails from Vermont, has a Janis Joplin-like sound and style and is amazing to listen to and watch as she belts out her rock-style anthems and ballads.
July 18, 8 p.m. Ed Kenley Amphitheater, Layton
Indigo Girls is an American folk rock group consisting of openly-lesbian Amy Ray and Emily Saliers.
July 23, 7:30p.m., The Complex
Although lead singer Forrest Kline is straight he is a regular in gay publications and his music videos are all over Logo. The music’s upbeat and humorous lyrics make for a wonderful show.
He is We
July 24, 7:30 p.m., The Complex
The super sexy duo Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly make up this indie band that has developed a large following on the small-concert scene.
July 25, 7:30 p.m., Energy Solutions Arena
Legendary and beautiful, the platinum-recording artist has some of the top hits in the nation and is famous for her international super hits, “I Kissed a Girl,” and “California Gurls.” She is touring with the Swedish beauty and gay icon, Robyn.
Vans Warped Tour
The stellar lineup features the gay-leaning and friendly bands Gym Class Heroes, Black Veil Brides and Blood on the Dance Floor.
We the Kings
Aug. 10, 6 p.m., In The Venue
The sexy punk rock band from Florida will be supported by an impressive lineup of The Summer Set, The Downtown Fiction, Hot Chelle Rae and Action Item.
Aug. 13, 8 p.m., Energy Solutions Arena
The stunning crooner will be touring and supporting his new album Illuminations.
Bowling for Soup
Aug. 16, 6 p.m., In The Venue
The emo punk group is well-known for a variety of hits, but our favorite is their anthem, “I’m Gay.”
Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m., USANA Amphitheater
The country music duo will be supported by Sara Bareilles and Little Big Town.
Death Cab for Cutie
Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., Maverick Center
The existentialist indie-rock group spins haunting tales a mile deep. The group of sexy rockers have been touring sold-out shows on their new album, Codes and Keys.
Sep. 19, 8 p.m., Energy Solutions Arena
Actress, singer, fashionista and diva Diana Ross is a true gay icon and legend. She is the original gay idol and her voice is still as sultry as ever.