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April 30, 2012
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The 2012 Utah Arts Festival Announces Music Headliners

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Blue Highway, Sonny Bonoho, 
Chicago Afrobeat Project, 
Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Review, Joe Jordan?s Experiment, 
James McMurtry, Oz Noy, The Pimps of Joytime, 
Curtis Salgado, Stooges Brass Band, 
Third World, TIZER featuring Karen Briggs 

Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24 on Library Square

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Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Arts Festival organizers are pleased to announce the music headliners for the 2012 Festival running June 21
?24 on Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

Opening night takes off with Texas singer/songwriter James McMurtry. For four days and night Festival guests can catch a full range of musical styles from Americana rockers Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, contemporary bluegrass group Blue Highway, Asian-American hip hop rapper Sonny Bonoho, world music ensemble Chicago Afrobeat Project, gospel and soul big band Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Review, rock and soul by Joe Jordan Experiment, Israeli guitar virtuoso Oz Noy, Brooklyn-based funk and rock ?n? rollers The Pimps of Joy Time, bluesman Curtis Salgado, New Orleans brass band sensations Stooges Brass Band, reggae legends Third World, and contemporary jazz by TIZER featuring Karen Briggs. (See schedule and bios below)

The 2012 Utah Arts Festival runs Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24 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.

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

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

Music Headliners Schedule and Biographies:

James McMurtry, Thur, June 21, 8:30 pm, Amphitheater Stage

Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Review, Thur, June 21, 9:45 pm, Festival Stage

Third World, Thur, June 21, 10pm, Amphitheater Stage

Stooges Brass Band, Fri, June 22, 8:30pm, Amphitheater Stage

            Stooges Brass Band Parades, Fri, 5?5:30 & 6?6:30pm through the Festival

Curtis Salgado, Fri, June 22, 9:45pm Amphitheater Stage

Joe Jordan?s Experiment, Sat, June 23, 7:30pm, Park Stage

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Sat, June 23, 8:30pm, Amphitheater Stage

Oz Noy, Sat, June 23, 9pm, Park Stage

TIZER featuring Karen Briggs, Sat, June 23, 9:45pm, Festival Stage

Sonny Bonoho, Sat, June 23, 10:30pm, Park Stage

Chicago Afrobeat Project, Sun, June 24, 8:30pm, Amphitheater Stage

The Pimps of Joytime, Sun, June 24, 10pm, Amphitheater Stage

Blue Highway, Sun, June 24, 9:45pm Festival Stage

James McMurtry, Thur, June 21, 8:30pm, Amphitheater Stage
Texas native James McMurtry is known as an astute, clear-eyed observer and concise, chronicler of the human condition. He has received a Grammy nomination, an Americana Indy Award, two Americana Music Awards and his anthem "We Can't Make It Here" was cited among The Nation's "Best Protest Songs Ever.?

Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Review, Thur, June 21, 9:45pm, Festival Stage
Mike Farris? critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights married old time roots gospel sounds with his own unique arrangements that were mainly inspired by New Orleans music, Stax recordings and the blues. In 2008 he won the Americana Music Association's ?New & Emerging Artist of the Year.? Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Revue won the Gospel Music Association?s Dove Award for ?Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year? in 2010.

Third World, Thur, June 21, 10pm, Amphitheater Stage

One of the longest running reggae bands, Third World has released 23 albums as well as solo projects from Lead Singer Bunny Rugs and Guitarist Stephen ?Cat? Coore. They have received numerous awards, including Jamaica Music Industry Awards for Best Show Band and 10 Grammy nominations. Third World has worked and collaborated with the Jackson Five, Bob Marley and The Wailers and Stevie Wonder.

Stooges Brass Band, Fri, June 22 8:30 pm, Amphitheater Stage / Parades, Fri June 22, 5?5:30 & 6?6:30pm through the Festival

The Stooges Brass Band is a premier New Orleans Brass Band that mixes traditional jazz, with a hip-hop influence to create a new sound. They have shared the stage with Ray Charles, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), Jessica Simpson, Jadakiss. The Stooges Brass Band has toured nationally and internationally in Asia, Europe, and South America. Aside from their stage show, join the Stooges Second Line as it parades through the Festival.

Curtis Salgado, Fri, June 22, 9:45pm Amphitheater Stage

Curtis Salgado is one of America?s finest blues/soul singers and harmonica virtuoso. His 2008 release, Clean Getaway received four nominations at the 30th annual Blues Music Awards. Curtis won the award for Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year in 2010. He inspired John Belushi?s Blues Brothers act, fronted Roomful of Blues and was Santana?s lead vocalist in the 90?s.

Joe Jordan?s Experiment, Sat, June 23, 7:30pm, Park Stage

Joe Jordan, the frontman of The Joe Jordan Experiment, hails from Philadelphia. 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.

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Sat, June 23, 8:30pm, Amphitheater Stage??

Mark Stuart, the front man of Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, has shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, and Steve Earle. Stuart received Johnny Cash?s blessing to use Cash?s name and recorded his first album at Cash?s home in Tennessee.

Oz Noy, Sat, June 23, 9pm, Park Stage

Oz Noy is a guitar virtuoso from Israel. Since his arrival to New York in 1996 he has made a big impact with his unique sound, compositions and style, bringing a mixture of pop, rock, blues, funk, and jazz, into a cohesive and intoxicating groove. Noy has performed, toured and recorded with Chris Botti, Harry Belafonte, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow and Cyndi Lauper among others.

TIZER featuring Karen Briggs, Sat, June 23, 9:45pm Festival Stage

Keyboardist and recording artist Lao Tizer is a ?Best New Jazz Artist? nominee and he and his group TIZER (2011 ?Jazz Group of the Year? nominee) have graced the stage at renowned events worldwide alongside artists including: Isaac Hayes, Boney James, Zappa Plays Zappa, Wayne Shorter, George Benson, The Commodores, Robin Thicke, The Rippingtons, Bruce Hornsby, Jethro Tull, and Spyro Gyra. TIZER appears with international violin virtuoso Karen Briggs (Yanni, Soul II Soul, Stanley Clarke, etc).

Sonny Bonoho, Sat, June 23, 10:30 pm, Park Stage

Born in Ubon, Thailand of Laotian descent, hip-hop artist Sonny Bonoho now hails from Seattle. He is one of few Asian American rappers and is known for his satiric style of rhyming. His latest EP, Phonephreak, was produced by Salt Lake City independent music video director Chris Le.

Chicago Afrobeat Project, Sun, June 24, 8:30pm, Amphitheater Stage

Chicago Afrobeat Project, began in 2002 from an industrial, urban Chicago art community and established itself as leaders in the non-traditionalist side of the afrobeat movement. The 7 to 14 person ensemble energizes the classic afrobeat influences of juju, highlife, American funk, and afro-Cuban music with a formative infusion of experimental jazz and rock elements that thrive in the Chicago music scene.

The Pimps of Joytime, Sun, June 24, 10pm, Amphitheater Stage

The Brooklyn-based funk band, The Pimps of Joytime, blend elements of afrobeat, salsa, rock & roll and electronica. Classic songwriting and the band?s undeniable swagger on stage consistently energizes dance parties wherever they appear. Their album, ?Janxta Funk!? is a new chapter in the book of funk.

Blue Highway, Sunday, June 24, 9:45pm Festival Stage

Blue Highway has a robust contemporary take on the bluegrass tradition that makes them among the most influential bands in the genre today. The band has garnered numerous awards including two Grammy nominations and a Dove Award. Their latest release, Sounds of Home on Rounder Records arrives one decade after Blue Highway?s first all-original collection, Still Climbing Mountains.

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