For over 20 years The Decemberistshave been one of the most original, daring, and thrilling American rock bands. Founded in the year 2000 when singer, songwriter, and guitarist Colin Meloymoved from Montana to Portland, Oregon and met bassist Nate Query, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, and guitarist Chris Funk, The Decemberists’ distinctive brand of hyperliterate folk-rock set them apart from the start with the release of their debut EP 5 Songsin 2001. After making their full-length debut with Castaways and Cutoutsin 2002, the band signed with Kill Rock Stars for the release of the acclaimed albums Her Majesty the Decemberists(2003) and Picaresque(2005), which was produced by Chris Walla. The 2004 EP The Tain– an 18-minute single-track epic – made the band’s grand creative ambitions clear.
Around this time the band’s permanent line-up fell into place with the arrival of drummer John Moen, and they made the unexpected leap to Capitol Records for their first major label album in 2006. Fans’ concerns of whether the band would alter their trademark sound quickly vanished when they delivered their most ambitious and audacious record to date in The Crane Wife, a song cycle produced by Walla and Tucker Martine (who would become a longtime creative partner) that added elements of ‘70s prog, hard rock and even quasi-disco to their palette. The album was met by wide acclaim from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Stereogum, and was named Best New Music by Pitchfork.
Three years later, The Hazards of Love– a full-length concept album based on Meloy’s idea for a stage musical - was a Top 20 hit. In 2011, they topped themselves yet again with their first #1 album, The King Is Dead, which featured the GRAMMY-nominated song “Down By The Water.” After their 2015 album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, which included the #1 AAA radio hit “Make You Better,” The Decemberists changed up their sound and explored new approaches to making music on their eighth studio album I’ll Be Your Girl(2018) with producer John Congleton. NPR Musicwrote “Every band needs to refresh and reconsider its sound sooner or later, no matter how sharp it’s gotten over the course of a long career — even The Decemberists, a band whose records have always come bursting with verve… I’ll Be Your Girlcaptures a collaborative spirit that keeps the band sounding vibrant and alive.”
Over the past 20 years The Decemberists have toured the world, performed at countless major festivals, and even founded Travelers’ Rest, a festival of their own curation in Missoula, Montana. The band has appeared on The Simpsons, collaborated with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, and released their own crowd-funded board game Illimat.
The Salt Lake City Arts Council presents the 2022 Twilight Concert Series
In its 35th year, the Twilight Concert Series has presented a wide range of nationally recognized and upcoming recording artists paired with local musicians and performers. The highly anticipated summer series continues to be dedicated to connecting audiences through live music by presenting musically diverse artists that represent strong artistic values and diverse social principles. This vibrant and beloved program is presented by the Salt Lake City Arts Council in partnership with S&S Presents.
Thanks to our partner Utah Transit Authority, your ticket to the 2022 Salt Lake Twilight Concert Series also includes free UTA Fare. Ride UTA trains or local buses with your Salt Lake Twilight concert ticket and enjoy free fare all day on the day of the event (Paratransit, Ski, and PC-SLC Connect Service not included). Simply show your concert ticket to the bus operator or UTA fare enforcement personnel when you’re asked for proof of payment.
Gates & Food Vendors Open at 6:00pm for all events, with the exception of Aug 6th at 5pm.
All events are held rain or shine. Artists subject to change. More info at twightconcertseries.com
The 2022 Twilight Concert Series is made possible by our generous partners: The Salt Lake City Arts Council, The Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City Corporation, Coors Light, Juicy IPA, Coca-Cola, Traeger Grills, UFirst Credit Union, The Shop, Five Wive's Vodka,Madam Pattirini Gin, Bacardi Rum, Cazadores Tequila, Utah Transit Authority, Rocky Mountain Power, XMission, Weber State University, ABODESLC Realty, Chris Kirk with Colliers, National Endowment for the Arts, George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Utah Division of Arts & Museums, The Blocks, Downtown Alliance, ZAP, Visit Salt Lake, KRCL 90.9FM, AC Hotels, GreenBike, 24tix, All City Rentals, Magnum Electric Bikes, Sparrow Electric, Cancun Cafe, Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development, KCPW, KUAA, and S&S Presents.
To provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all, please keep the following concert rules in mind. Check twilightconcertseries.com for updated info. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
- Everyone entering the venue must have a ticket or pay at the gate
- For their well-being, we discourage infants and babes-in-arms
- No re-entry
- No weapons or firearms
- No backpacks or large purses
- No pets allowed – services animals only
- No coolers
- No drones
- No smoking – except in designated smoking areas
- No outside food
- No outside alcohol or liquids of any kind
- No glass
- Due to artist requests, no professional audio, video, or photography equipment
- No umbrellas
- No skateboards in the venue
- No blankets or chairs
- Security reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone at their discretion
- All concerts are rain or shine
- Artists subject to change
- No refunds
SECURITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CONDUCT PAT DOWN SEARCHES AT THEIR DISCRETION.
Health & Safety Measures
Due to the changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Twilight Concert Series will be monitoring and updating our health & safety requirements as necessary. Below are the current covid restrictions for our series. Please note that any of these are subject to change:
July 14: No restrictions
Aug 6: No restrictions
Aug 11: No restrictions
Aug 16: No restrictions
Sep 2: No restrictions
With this series taking place outdoors, masks will be optional at these events. We continue to encourage vaccinations and testing for the health and safety of our communities and industry. More here: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/