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Red Butte Garden summer concert lineup

The Red Butte Concert Series is a popular venue for Salt Lake City concerts, and it attracts diverse acts and crowds. Big-name performers are commonplace and many of the most well-known gay and lesbian artists make their way to this outdoor venue. However, many of the concerts sell out quickly, so it is advised to purchase tickets as soon as possible. The following is a list of the remaining summer lineup. For more information, visit redbuttegarden.org.

Tony Bennett

June 20

The Italian-American singer of popular music, standards, show tunes and jazz has won an astounding 16 Grammy Awards.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

June 24

The formidable husband-and-wife duo are exploring new ideas together through songs rooted in the blues and infused with their own unique blend of southern soul, American roots music, authentic rock and a touch of Florida swamp magic.

She & Him

June 25

She & Him is the seemingly unlikely pairing of the effervescent actress/singer Zooey Deschanel (TV’s New Girl) and the sought-after guitarist M. Ward.

Old Medicine Show

July 5

From Bonaroo and Coachella to A Prairie Home Companion, Old Medicine Show crafts classic American-roots music while pushing itself in new directions.

Pink Martini

July 9

The so-called little-orchestra was founded in 1994 and consists of 12 members. The group is known for its jazz and lounge-style music. However, it is also a master of incorporating Latin, pop and classical sounds. Thomas M. Lauderdale, founder of the band, described the genre as “music of the world without being world music. If the United Nations had a house band in 1962 hopefully Pink Martini would be that band.”

Rodrigo y Gabriela

July 12

Internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are bringing their unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz and world music to Salt Lake City.

Brandi Carlile

July 14

Her concerts are near legendary in their perfect communion between performer and audience.

David Byrne and Annie Clark

July 15

The brass band backing up the pair of singers lends the songs an appealing theatrical sheen while programmed percussion provides a contemporary feel. The inventive arrangements have inspire some remarkable vocal performances.

Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion

July 17

Host and writer Garrison Keillor, singer Aoife O’Donovan, comedian Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist Richard Kriehn will host two hours of duet singing, absurd improv with sound effects, Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry, outright foolishness, and the News from Lake Wobegon.

Kenny Loggins

July 23

Loggins is a massively successful solo artist, a sonic pioneer in smooth jazz, a reigning soundtrack superstar, and an enduring recording artist and live performer.

Dwight Yoakam

July 25

A long-time Los Angeleno, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum.

Merle Haggard

July 30

Studying, analyzing and observing the details of life around him, Haggard relays what he sees, hears and feels through his songs.

Medeski Martin & Wood and John Scofield’s Uberjam Band

Aug. 4

The trio’s amalgam of jazz, funk, “avant-noise” and a million other musical currents is nearly impossible to classify, which is just how they like it.

Steve Miller Band

Aug. 7

Steve Miller Band first hit the psychedelic blues scene in the late 1960s, and by the early 1970s, the band had several hits that are now rock classics, including “Jet Airliner,” “Take The Money and Run,” “Fly Like An Eagle,” and “The Joker.”

Steely Dan

Aug. 10

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker met in college in the late 1960s and have been writing songs ever since. Blending elements of jazz, rock, funk, and pop, Steely Dan made their mark with several classic tracks like “Reelin’ In The Years,” “Do It Again” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.”

John Butler Trio

Aug. 14

John Butler Trio, an eclectic-roots jam band from Australia, have released five studio albums, of which, Three (2001), Sunrise Over Sea (2004), Grand National (2007) and April Uprising (2010) went platinum in Australia.

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Aug. 18

Musician, humanitarian, and children’s book author, Michael Franti, is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change as well as his his unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead.

John Prine

Aug. 20

Some four decades since his remarkable debut, John Prine has stayed at the top of his game, both as a performer and songwriter.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Aug. 27

George Thorogood & The Destroyers have been rocking the music scene since their debut album in 1976. Their biggest commercial success came with their 1982 release of “Bad to the Bone.”

Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration

Aug. 29

The legendary jazz saxophonist and composer made his triumphant return to Blue Note Records after 43 years with the Feb. 5, 2013, release of Without A Net, his searing new album with his long-running quartet featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade.

The Black Crowes

Sept. 15

The Black Crowes have sold more than 20 million albums and are known as one of rock’s best live acts.

Neko Case

Sept. 16

Neko Case, a Washington-bred singer, songwriter, and producer claims no genre, nor utilizes any classic formula to her songs and vocal arrangements.

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