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Headliners @ Utah Arts Festival (SLC: June 24 - 27)

2010 Utah Arts Festival Announces Headliners

Cadillac Sky, Café R&B, Cowboy Junkies, Fareed Haque & The Flat Earth Ensemble, Head for the Hills, the Joe Jordan Experiment, RonKat Freekbass Connect, Michelle Shocked and Seth Walker

Thursday, June 24 through Sunday, June 27 at Library Square

Salt Lake City, UT: The 2010 Utah Arts Festival announces headliners from all genres will hit the main stages at Library Square June 24 through June 27.

This year marks the metamorphosis of Cadillac Sky from a critically acclaimed bluegrass band to a band without boundaries. Early in September 2009, acclaimed guitarist/producer and front man for The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, took the reigns of their third full-length studio album “Letters in the Deep”. The album is set to be released on Dualtone Records on June 8th, 2010. Friday, 9:45, Festival Stage

Café R&B has passion for gritty, hard-hitting early blues and R&B. Based in Los Angeles, the band consists of lead female singer “Roach,” guitarist Byl Carruthers, keyboardists John "JT" Thomas, Harry Cohen, Stevie Utstein, bassist Bobby Pickett, and drummer Stephen Klong. Critics in the U.S. and Europe have compared Roach to Etta James, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. HITS Magazine declared: "Imagine Etta James riding a Harley out of an active volcano, and you'll have some vague inkling as to the vocal power." Saturday, 9:45, Amphitheater Stage

The Cowboy Junkies is a Canadian alt-country/alternative rock band with a jazz twist, formed by three siblings from in Toronto in 1985. The Cowboy Junkies have a new album, Renmin Park, The Nomad Series, Vol.1 is set to be released in June 15. Thursday, 9:45, Amphitheater Stage

Fareed Haque & the Flat Earth Ensemble: Fareed Haque is a fusion guitar virtuoso of Pakistani and Chilean descent. He is renowned for balancing classical and jazz styles his jam band collaborations including, but not limited to, ones with Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Holland, Sting, Joe Henderson, Arturo Sandoval, Keller Williams, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Ramsey Lewis, Gabe Noel and more recently with George Brooks on “Summit” and Garaj Mahal. Sunday, 9:45 Festival Stage

Head for the Hills is rooted in the tradition of bluegrass and is a vibrant mixture of homegrown compositions, traditional harmonies, and an innovative approach to improvisation. Head for the Hills is poised to announce the release of their sophomore studio effort, entitled "Head for the Hills with Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon) as their producer and guest picking and vocals from Bill Nershi and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass. Friday, 8:30, Park Stage

Joe Jordan, the frontman of The Joe Jordan Experiment, hails from Philadelphia and is a contemporary troubadour whose charisma, optimistic attitude, and electrifying personality embodies all those around him. With a 6-string in his hand and a mind for innovation, Jordan's flow can resemble that of a blues man, a folk player, a raunchy rock riffer, or a very soulful blend of all of the above. Sunday, 9, Park Stage

RonKat Freekbass Connect’s frontman RonKat Spearman is a Grammy Nominated, BMI Award winning songwriter and a current member of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Clinton raves, “RonKat is a crowd pleaser and he is truly funky.” Sunday, 9:45, Amphitheater Stage
Michelle Shocked, last seen at the Utah Arts Festival in 1997, is a folk icon whose music and performances seem influenced by her Texas roots, her political activism, and a self-assured style. Thursday, 8:45, Amphitheater Stage

Seth Walker, is Houston’s premiere spoken word artist. In 2007, Walker entered the Houston poetry scene like thunder, taking 1st place in the Houston Grand Slam. He was ranked as the top Slam Poet in Houston 2007. That same year, while on the Houston Slam Team, Walker placed 2nd overall in Texas at the Texas Blue Bonnet Competition. Friday, 5, Big Mouth Café; Saturday 6 & 9, Earth Garden Café; Sunday 4:45 & 10, Plaza Stage

The 2010 Utah Arts Festival runs Thursday, June 24 through Sunday, June 27 from noon to 11 p.m. at Library Square, 400 South and 200 East in downtown Salt Lake City.

Adult admission is $10 at the gate, $7 in advance. Children 12 and under are free. Seniors 65 and above are $5. Reduced adult admission is $5 and available from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

For details, news and artists updates, visit www.uaf.org or call (801) 322-2428.

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