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Utah Arts Festival: Sit down or stand up?

Published July 10, 2013 10:12 am

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At the end of the night, after you've seen all the artwork and eaten all the food, the Utah Arts Festival poses one last question: Sit down or stand up?

If your feet are dog tired, then you'll want to sit down in the audience at the Festival Stage (over by the City-County Building) and listen to a nice, fun band that will let you rock back and forth in your seats without prompting the urge to get up and dance.

If you still have an ounce of energy, and an urge to rock 'n' roll, then you head over to the Amphitheatre Stage and dance 'til you're spent.

On Thursday night, that choice was apparent — and there were no wrong answers.

At the Festival Stage, there were The Iguanas, a New Orleans foursome with a solid mix of blues, R&B and other influences. They were entertaining the crowd with songs like "Lupita," a Latin-tinged variation on the '60s hit "Hang On Sloopy."

Over at the Amphitheatre Stage, local favorites Royal Bliss rocked out the crowd into dizzy delight. The nationally touring band from Salt Lake City has never played the Utah Arts Festival before, and lead singer Neal Middleton talked about how much he was influenced by the bands he saw play the festival when he was growing up.