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Summer concert lineup

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.

Natasha Bedingfield

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.

Owl City

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.

Ben Folds

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.

Lisa Lampanelli

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.

Indigo Girls

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.

HelloGoodbye

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.

Katy Perry

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

Aug. 6

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.

Josh Groban

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.”

Sugarland

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.

Diana Ross

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.

About the author

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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