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Headliners @ Utah Arts Festival (SLC: June 23 - 26)

For Immediate Release
Contact: Eugenie Hero Jaffe (801) 599-2040 eugenie@getbombshell.com
For Press Release and Photos: Visit the Media tab at www.uaf.org

The 2011 Utah Arts Festival Announces Music Headliners

Opening Night: Young Dubliners

Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Blame Sally, Del McCoury Band, Incendio, Kinetix, Maraca and Ronnie Baker Brooks

Thursday, June 23 through Sunday, June 26 on Library Square

Salt Lake City, UT: The 2011 Utah Arts Festival is pleased to announce national music headliners for the 35th annual Festival running June 23–26 on Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

Opening night kicks off with the legendary Irish rockers, Young Dubliners. For four days and nights, from bluegrass with the Del McCoury Band and blues with Ronnie Baker Brooks, to Afro-Cuban jazz with Maraca and New Orleans funk with Big Sam’s Funky Nation this year’s Utah Arts Festival covers all of the musical bases. See complete artist details below.

The 2011 Utah Arts Festival runs Thursday, June 23 through Sunday, June 26 from noon to 11 p.m. on 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.

Follow the Utah Arts Festival on Facebook and Twitter @utahartsfest.

For details, news and artists updates, visit www.uaf.org.

2011 Utah Arts Festival Music Headliners:

Young Dubliners

Legendary Celtic rock band, the Young Dubliners formed in the early ’90s in Los Angeles’ vibrant pub scene by Dublin natives Keith Roberts and former member Paul O’Toole. The Young Dubliners’ driving mix of Irish and rock give their live shows a jam-like appeal sending fans into swirling “jig-pits.”

Thur, June 23, 9:45 pm, Amphitheater Stage


Denver-based rock dynamos Kinetix are relatively new to the music scene but they’ve been gaining traction and a huge following with a high-energy show and great riffs.

Thur, June 23, 8:30 pm, Amphitheater Stage

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Young Chicago guitar hero, Ronnie Baker Brooks is the son of blues great Lonnie Brooks. He came of age watching Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and other blues legends jam in his home. Brooks adds elements of soul, hip-hop and funk to a strong Chicago blues base. He has toured and recorded with Elvin Bishop, Lil’ Ed Williams, Katie Webster and Koko Taylor.

Fri, June 24, 9:45 pm, Amphitheater Stage

Born in Havana, world-class virtuoso flautist Orlando “Maraca” Valle is the epitome of Cuban popular dance music and Afro-Cuban jazz. Whether playing incendiary dance music or creative Afro-Cuban jazz, Maraca has been touring for 15 years. In 2003, he was nominated for a Grammy in “Best Salsa Album.”
Sat, June 25, 9:45 pm, Amphitheater Stage

Latin guitar world fusion group Incendio is based out of Los Angeles. They bring influences as diverse as Weather Report, Jimi Hendrix, XTC, Paco de Lucia, Buddha Bar and Joni Mitchell to bear on their musical tapestry. Their music is a true “fusion” and sounds like little else in the genre. Sat, June 25, 9:45 pm, Festival Stage

Big Sam’s Funky Nation
New Orleans-based Big Sam’s Funky Nation is high energy, jazz with horn-heavy grooves. Trombone powerhouse and band leader “Big Sam” Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, has a recurring roll in the HBO original series, Treme.

Sun, June 26, 9:45 pm, Amphitheater Stage

Blame Sally

San Francisco folk rock group Blame Sally is a powerhouse all female band. They have opened for Ani Difranco and Roseanne Cash, launched a national radio campaign covering both AAA and Non-Com stations and reached an audience of millions on XM Satellite Radio’s “Starbuck’s XM Café.” Sun, June 26, 8 pm, Festival Stage

Del McCoury Band

Bluegrass legend, Del McCoury has been making music for more than 50 years. He released his fi rst album in 1968 and has inspired musicians across genres from Vince Gill to Elvis Costello to Phish. He became member of the Grand Ol’ Opry in 2003. The Del McCoury Band’s latest release is a collaboration with Preservation Hall Jazz Band called America Legacies. Sun, June 26, 9:45 pm, Festival Stage

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To download photos and press releases please visit the media tab at www.uaf.org.

Media Contact:

Eugenie Hero Jaffe
Bombshell Music & Media

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