Over the past few weeks, a number of music festivals have announced their dates, lineups and ticket prices; although not all are on sale yet. Here is a sample of some notices received at City Weekly‘s Music HQ. While this grouping is far from exhaustive, you may find a headlining band, venue, or event concept to your liking.
Festival of the desolation of the fort: Now in its second year, Fort Desolation takes place August 12-14 at the 45-acre Cougar Ridge Resort near Torrey. Participating artists include Amos Lee, Elle King, The Band of Heathens, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway and Elizabeth Cook. A number of bands playing at the festival have passed through The State Room and/or The Commonwealth Room over the past year, making them known entities to The State Room Presents booking agents.
Spokesperson Kylie Fitch said the lineup “draws from a variety of root music, including country, rock, blues, folk, R&B and more… [we] let’s stay open to include any type of music that suits us.”
Participants can camp on site, while nearby overnight accommodation is also available. Hiking, fly fishing, off-road biking, and other amenities are offered on-site. Information on these items, as well as ticket availability, can be found at: fortdesolation.com/fest-faqs/.
Ogden Music Festival: Unlike a number of the festivals listed here, Ogden’s entry has a long history, this is the 14th edition of the festival hosted by the Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music. The event takes place June 3-5 at Weber County’s historic Fort Buenaventura.
A press release for the events promises “on-site camping, workshops, activities and more with another inclusive lineup of big-name artists who represent a wide range of musical genres including bluegrass, Americana, blues, folk and the mariachi”.
Among the artists scheduled to perform: Sam Bush, Amy Helm, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Grateful Ball, Flor De Toloache, The Brothers Comatose, Missy Raines & Allegheny and Carolyn Wonderland. Local and regional artists, meanwhile, will also perform “tweener” sets throughout the weekend.
Additional information can be found at: ofoam.org.
Park City Song Summit: Held Sept. 7-10 in Park City, the event promises “artist-led talks by day and shows in small venues by night,” headquartered at The Lodges in Deer Valley. The Song Summit is not afraid of ambition, seeking to “redefine the live music experience”. The lineup assembled for this year says they’re making a case, with its unique combo of live performances and creativity talks, in storytelling mode.
A real pack of varied artists will appear this fall, including names such as: Anders Osborne, Andrew Bird, Cedric Burnside, Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite Duo, Father John Misty, Fred Armisen, Fruit Bats, Gov’t Mule, Jason Isbell, John Doe, Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim and Warren Haynes.
You can register for information on purchasing tickets on the informative PCSS homepage: parkcitysongsummit.com.
Schellraiser Music Festival: Taking place in Ely, NV, Schellraiser will be a four-day event taking place June 2-5 at McGill Pool Park. A total of 31 bands will participate, including: Houndmouth, Nikki Lane, The Yawpers, TParanoyds, The Cactus Blossoms, Chuck Mead and Federale.
Rudy Herndon is a longtime supporter of the Nevada Northern Railway and proceeds from the festival will go to that organization for railroad restoration projects. Herndon suggests the scenery will be unrivaled among regional festivals and that “the natural surroundings of Steptoe Valley are a well-kept secret. It’s only three hours from SLC. People don’t realize the beauty here, with the de high mountains and beautiful high desert valleys.” Musically, meanwhile…? Herndon says that “nothing like this festival has ever been held at McGill. It’s the biggest event of its kind in rural Nevada.”
Information on accommodations and nearby amenities (such as mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and hot springs) can be found along with ticketing and other relevant information at: schelraiser.com/.
Superbloom Music Festival: Hosted by S&S Presents, Superbloom returns for a second edition on September 10 at the Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane. Booked acts include: Judah & The Lion, The National Parks, Jamestown Revival, Smallpools, Mipso, Birdtalker, The Strike, and The Moss, among others. Doors open at noon, with music from 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Originally scheduled for an April 2020 start, the event was lost due to COVID and flooding near Zion National Park, the then venue. Since then, events have shifted to Hurricane, the first edition of which kicked off last fall. Billy Eusterman of S&S Presents said October’s event “featured some of our favorite artists from Utah and the surrounding area and this year we are thrilled to be back bigger and with artists from all over. the country”.
Ticket information as well as information on nearby accommodation is available at: superbloomfest.com.