Journalist’s Notebook | Music | Salt Lake City

Here are a few different snippets of SLC news and musical notes, starting with a decidedly outdoor vibe.

Snowbasin announces a summer festival: Every time we think the summer festival and summer music series schedule is full, another announcement comes along. The one hitting our inbox this week is particularly enjoyable, with a wide variety of sounds arriving at Snowbasin (3925 E. Snowbasin Road, Huntsville) from June through July. A mix of local, regional and national artists are expected to appear at affordable ticket prices.

The lineup for Blues, Brews & BBQ reads as follows: June 19, Mothers of Mayhem and Kris Lager; June 26, Cam Gallagher & Tasty Soul and Diggin’ Dirt; July 3, Herban Empire and The Burroughs; July 17, Aaron Davis & The Mystery Machine and New Orleans Suspects; July 24, Andy Frasco and Let’s Ride Brass Band; and on July 31, The Snarlin’ Yarns and Curley Tyalor & Zydeco Trouble. In each of these cases, the first band listed plays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., with the second performance taking place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Blues, Brews & BBQ series are $10 for a day ticket or $75 for a season pass. Details can be found on After a break in programming in August and September, the SnowWiesn Oktoberfest takes place in the same location throughout October, with a classic Germanic bent.

While we’re talking Fests…: The Utah Beer Festival, which is affiliated with City Weekly, will take place August 8-9. At this point, bands and DJs are scheduled, with Two Old Guys the first act on the announcement list. More information will arrive via

In honor of Urban’s outdoor shows: On June 3, New Orleans indie rock band Motel Radio played a Backyard Show at Urban Lounge, with support from local bands Drusky and Dad Bod. It was a) a very nice lineup, with super well chosen bands as a whole; and b) seemed the right choice for an outdoor concert, as a much louder Bill was playing all night inside. As I’m always touring local venues, the interior of Urban Lounge was familiar to me already, but the situation outside was a totally different experience. And, to be completely honest, it’s a very, very nice place for a spring/summer/fall show. With perfect temperatures and a cool looking moon, Motel Radio’s soft rock was the perfect soundtrack for a fun night out. If you already know the backyard rules of the urban living room, forgive this newbie’s gushing. Great place for a show, really.

About Papa Bod…: In the second slot of the evening, the people of Dad Bod mentioned that they released a music video on the same day, for the single “Pastels”. It’s a fun view, presenting the band as solid musicians and top-notch basketball players. You can find this relaxing slice of indie on YouTube, with links to all their recent work at:

Speaking of YouTube: Treat this subentry as both a tip and a tip request. Living with a Salt Lake native who’s back in town after a few decades away means I hear about the good old days. A few car rides at least gave me an idea of ​​where some places were, places like the Cosmic Airplane and the Speedway. A new name has entered the list: The Palladium.

After discussing this 80s dance club via bar stool conversations the other night, a quick trip to YouTube indicated that there was at least some history surrounding this club, which existed at Sugar House from 1985 to 1989. A cable access show called Palladium Dance Party is on YouTube, as a handful of edited clips, currently around half an hour long. Palladium Dance Party was the kind of show that existed in a lot of big cities in the 1980s, kind of an offspring of shows like American bandstand and contemporary broadcasts like the USA Network staple Dance party United States (1986-92; RIP). Featured in these clips from 1986: lots of dancing, which is what you’d expect from the title, but also some live local music and lip-syncing to the hits of the era. If you’ve never seen someone play Laurie Anderson in perfect period attire, you’re just a click away from this show. Just search for “Palladium Dance Party” on YouTube. Speaking of which, if you were part of this scene, give us a solid and drop a note via: [email protected]

More music by Mr. Miller: Lloyd Miller has developed a strong relationship with local label FountainAVM and a new record has arrived from this partnership. His latest work, GUIDELINES – 1960-2021, is described as “a collection of recordings by the incredibly prolific and equally enigmatic artist Lloyd Miller, whose life and studies in Near and Middle Eastern music span generations. Discovered from own Miller’s library and painstakingly transferred from the tape by FOUNTAINavm founder Adam Michael Terry, this collection of unreleased songs spanning from 1960 to 2021 and traces Miller’s travels through the Middle and Near East, where Miller has lived as an educator and primetime Iranian television host. After two incredibly well-received albums, one with the Heliocentrics and the other as a trio which was released by FOUNTAINavm in 2020 – this is ‘an intimate insight into the work and life of Lloyd Miller.’ You can purchase physical copies at Elevator Jazz Gallery, inside King’s Peak Coffee (412 S. 700 West Suite 140), or you can find online purchase options at

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