2022 Twilight Concert Series presents

Cuco

Lord Vox, DJ Blessed1
Tuesday,
August 16, 2022
6:00PM MDT
The Gallivan Center
239 S Main Street
SLC, UT 84111

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Cuco

Sometimes the safest world to reside in–hide in–is the one you create yourself. For his second full-length studio album, Fantasy Gateway, Cuco did just that.

The time between Para Mí and now, which fell during the isolating lockdown of the pandemic, found Cuco facing himself—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Determined to become a healthier version of himself, he had to build a safe haven—starting from within. For the recording of Fantasy Gateway, Cuco planted himself in his parents’ native land of Mexico, specifically Mexico City, to explore all his selves—song by song.

Inspired by his “psychedelic experiences,” his second album places one in the middle of a collision between “heaven and purgatory” and provokes one to question lucid dreaming. “I want to give a good feeling to people,” Cuco says. “A feeling that they’ve felt before, but they don’t know what it is.”

“I’ve always been an imaginative person, and found nostalgia alluring,” he continues, ”I remember memories that never existed, things that I never lived, things I have lived, and I think of the future as a past memory. That’s the fantasy gateway for me: being in a perfect place, but feeling discomfort.”

Sonically, Cuco brought on a trusted group of producers, who as a collective while in Mexico City, explored the concept behind Fantasy Gateway. Manuel Lara, Venezuelan producer, songwriter, and engineer (Bad Bunny, Kali Uchis), was one of the producers enlisted to bless Fantasy Gateway, alongside Andres Rebellón, Julian Bernal, and Ian Fitchuk (Kacey Musgraves).

Together, they crafted a euphoric journey, from beginning to end. Soundscapes packaged as an experience of eras, from ‘80s synth-pop, trippy pop (“Caution”) to dreamy ‘60s bossa nova and samba (“Aura”)—an offering both familiar and experimental for Cuco, now “reaching a point where I feel comfortable experimenting without worrying.” Stand-out track “Sitting In The Corner,” featuring Kacey Musgraves and Adriel Favela, exemplifies Cuco’s range—mixing psych-pop and Norteño.

Cuco’s superpower is creating a conduit between cultures and generations through the exploration of musical eras and candidly crooning of universal topics that bind. He centers his Mexican culture by interweaving his language (that pulls at heartstrings) and infusing Latin American genres introduced to many of us within our casitas growing up; the intimacy of such expression offers a mainstream audience an invitation to get to know themselves. On Fantasy Gateway, “Decir Adios” is a heartbreaking ballad romantica that Cuco felt was a form of “closing a chapter of my life.” The 60’s influenced “Fin del Mundo” offers hope, leaving us questioning, “what if we lived forever?”

With each song, lyrically exploring topics of longing, acceptance, and bad habits, Cuco confronted versions of himself he wanted to part with, kicking addiction and patterns of behavior that placed him second in his own life. While being “hyper-focused” and having “a lot of room to write. I feel like I was hearing myself for the first time. This made me want to do the changes I needed to do—be a healthy individual because I deserve that.”

With simply crafting Fantasy Gateway, Cuco has already won; he’s fully, “expressing what I’ve been through with music; it’s how I succeed in presenting issues in a beautiful way, rather than destructive. I’m putting it all out there for people to listen to and relate to.”

 

 

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

A bike valet is available on the north side of Gallivan along 200 S, provided by Magnum Bikes.

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/