A chat with Neko Case, who headlines Summer Solstice show Saturday
Published: June 13, 2012 03:12PM
Updated: June 13, 2012 03:12PM
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Neko Case will perform as part of the Red Butte Garden 2013 Outdoor Concert Series.


Neko Case will be in Utah on Saturday, and it's that time of year again.

The Alt-country songstress and New Pornographer will headline the annual, festive Summer Solstice Show on Library Square. (The concert is a fundraiser for the 2012 Utah Arts Festival the following weekend.) In an interview with The Tribune, Case said she has never celebrated any solstice before, “but I look forward to it — I am obsessed by the seasons in my everyday life, you know, farm living, it seems fitting.” Moving around as a Air Force gave her a unique perspective, she said. “I can say I think it makes me a more empathetic person,” Case said. “Living all over makes you realize people all want and need similar things. Takes the ‘them’ out of things and make it a ‘we.’” That means that when the opportunity to move to Canada early on to pursue, she jumped at the chance. “I really cherish my years living there,” she said. “I feel like a ‘North American’ rather than just an American.” She has also cherished her time spent in Utah: “Really kind audiences and yummy food.” Except for one time. “One time I saw the circus trains being unloaded,” she said. “It was horrifying. I felt so bad for the tigers and elephants. A seriously surreal experience. “ Sorry about that.

When • Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Where • Salt Lake City Public Library - Main, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $30 at summersolsticeshow.com