Utah Arts Festival brinks the funk to this weekend's fest
Published: June 20, 2012 05:50PM
Updated: June 20, 2012 05:50PM
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We want the funk. Give up the funk. We need the funk. We gotta have that funk.

In years past, the Utah Arts Festival has spotlighted rock, country, Americana, blues and jazz bands. This year, there’s more funk music, which makes sense since festivals become capital-F Festivals when the music is one long groove that lasts for three days.

This year, among the national headliners setting the groove will be New Orleans’ genre-hopping Stooges Brass Band, as well as bluesman Curtis Salgado, the world music ensemble Chicago Afrobeat Project, and Israeli funk-inspired guitar virtuoso Oz Noy.

While the lineup spotlights a variety of music, the bands draw upon a melding pot of soul, jazz and R &B influences, much of their music featuring a strong bass and rhythmic pulse — which is a good feeling in a crowd.

Salgado, the Chicago Afrobeat Project, the Stooges Brass Band and Noy all talked to the Tribune to talk about a funky Festival.

To read the interviews and see a photo gallery, go to: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment/54336399-81/band-funk-music-festival.html.csp

Utah Arts Festival

Where » Library Square, 200 East and 400 South, Salt Lake City

When » Thursday through Sunday, June 21-24

Hours » Noon to 11 p.m.

Admission » $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (65 and older), free for kids 12 and younger. A four-day pass is $30. A lunchtime special offers $5 tickets for Thursday and Friday from noon to 3 p.m. A “y’all come back” pass, available at the exits, is good for 2-for-1 admission on a return visit.

Information » Visit www.uaf.org.


Stooges Brass Band

When » Friday, 8:30 p.m.

Where » Amphitheater Stage

In addition » Stooges Brass Band parades, tonight from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 6:30 p.m. through festival grounds



Curtis Salgado

When » Friday, 9:45 p.m.

Where » Amphitheater Stage



Oz Noy

When » Saturday, June 23 at 9 p.m.

Where » Park Stage



Chicago Afrobeat Project

When » Sunday, June 24 at 8:30 p.m.

Where » Amphitheater Stage