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Opening Night @ Utah Arts Festival (SLC: June 24)

2010 Utah Arts Festival Opening Night Headliners

Thursday, June 24 at Library Square

Michelle Shocked and Cowboy Junkies

Salt Lake City, UT: The 2010 Utah Arts Festival kicks off with Opening Night headliners Michelle Shocked and the Cowboy Junkies, Thursday, June 24 on the Amphitheater Stage at Library Square.

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 that her first major label producer likened to troubadours such as Joni Mitchell, Spider John Koerner, and Dave Van Ronk.

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 Trinity Session is perhaps their best-known record, recorded live in a single day on a single microphone in a church in Toronto. This album also included a unique cover version of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane.”

The Cowboy Junkies have a new album, Renmin Park, The Nomad Series, Vol.1 is set to be released in June 15.

Opening Night, Thursday, June 24 on Amphitheater Stage:

Michelle Shocked: 8:45 p.m.

Cowboy Junkies: 9:45 p.m.

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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