Davis Arts Council bringing biggest season ever to Layton amphitheater
Music/comedy • Bill Cosby, Thompson Square, Indigo Girls among headliners brought in by the Davis Arts Council.
Published: April 4, 2014 01:01AM
Updated: April 4, 2014 01:01AM
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Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand

The Davis Arts Council will sponsor the biggest summer season in the history of the Ed Kenley Amphitheater. It’s sizable not just for the number of shows — 13 — but also for the stature of the artists heading to Layton.

Bill Cosby, the Indigo Girls, Thompson Square and Danielle Bradbery will headline shows under the stars at the outdoor amphitheater, joining popular local acts such as Ryan Shupe and the Crescent Super Band as well as national acts such as Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone and Three Dog Night.

“This is our biggest season since we began our summer concert series in the mid-’90s,” Kirt Bateman, executive director of the Davis Arts Council, told The Tribune. “I am thrilled that we are providing such an eclectic season once again, from rock to jazz to country to comedy. As we are working on our lineup, we strive to bring the best in local and national talent, while keeping our hometown feel and really utilizing the intimacy that the Kenley Amphitheater is known for.”

The popular local a cappella group Eclipse is returning to the amphitheater this summer after previous engagements.

“It is an honor to be part of the 2014 lineup with so many talented artists,” said Dan Kartchner of Eclipse. “Eclipse has had the privilege of performing at the Kenley Amphitheater several times in the past and we always look forward to an energetic and appreciative crowd. We love the intimate outdoor venue where every seat feels up close and personal.”

Country music has become Utah’s favorite live concert genre, and this summer’s season features two hot acts. Coached by Blake Shelton, Bradbery won season four of “The Voice” in 2013, at 16 becoming the youngest winner of the show. The Texan’s debut, self-titled studio album was released in November and reached No. 5 on the charts, and she is now opening for Hunter Hayes on his spring We’re Not Invisible Tour.

The Grammy-nominated Thompson Square, husband-and-wife duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson, last visited Utah in September at Usana Amphitheatre, opening for Luke Bryan alongside Florida Georgia Line. The duo is currently riding high on the strength of the hit single “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” which became its fifth straight top-15 single on the country charts. The Nashville pair first tasted success with its 2010 smash, “Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not?”

“I can’t wait to start the party,” Bateman said.

Summer Nights with the Stars

June 14 • Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand, $25 orchestra, $20 reserved, $14 GA, $13 GA child/senior

June 21 • Show Layton Your Talent Jr., $15, $10, $5, $5

June 27 • Three Dog Night, $59, $49, $34, $29

July 12 • The Music of Motown feat. Changing Lanes Experience, n/a, $15, $10, $8

July 19 • Eclipse, $20, $15, $10, $8

July 25 • Indigo Girls, $49, $39, $26, $23

July 30 • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, $36, $29, $19, $17

Aug. 6 • Bill Cosby, $79, $69, $39, $34

Aug. 7 • Danielle Bradbery, $31, $26, $18, $15

Aug. 16 • Crescent Super Band, n/a, $15, $19, $8

Aug. 21 • Thompson Square, $69, $59, $34, $29

Sept. 6 • A Tribute to Patsy Cline starring Erica Hansen; n/a, $15, $10, $8

Sept. 13 • Blood Sweat & Tears with Bo Bice, $49, $39, $26, $23

Tickets, which go on sale April 22 at 9 a.m. , can be procured by calling 801-546-8575 or online at davisarts.org

Sandy Amphitheater lineup

P The Sandy Amphitheater recently announced its 2014 summer concert lineup, with highlights including Peter Frampton, Boz Scaggs, David Cook, America, Retro Futura Tour 2014, Vertical Horizon, Collective Soul and teen pop sensation R5. Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand kicks off the season June 6.

Full concert information is online at www.sandyarts.com/amph. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 12 at Smith’sTix by phone at 1-800-888-TIXX, online at www.sandyarts.com/amph or at Sandy City Hall 10000 S. Centennial Pkwy, room 310, Mon-Fri 9 a.m. -4 p.m.