Utah Arts Festival headliners will bring a world of musical styles
Published: May 6, 2014 09:06AM
Updated: May 6, 2014 07:24AM
The MarchFourth Marching Band, acrobats and all, will perform at the Utah Arts Festival in June. Merrick Chase Photography

The 2014 Utah Arts Festival’s main music stages will have a wide mix of music from around the world — Cuban jazz, African rhythm, Serbian blues, Australian didgeridoo, and all-American rock ‘n’ roll.

The headlining acts for this year’s festival — running June 26-29 at Library Square in Salt Lake City — were announced Monday. Here’s a day-by-day rundown:

Thursday, June 26:

• Cee Cee James, old-school blues singer • 8:30 p.m., Amphitheater Stage.

• Ana Popovic, Serbian blues guitarist/singer • 9:55 p.m., Amphitheater Stage.

Friday, June 27:

• Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, Dixieland/ragtime jazz revival band • 8:30 p.m., Amphitheater Stage.

• Angelique Kidjo, Grammy-winning world-music singer and “Africa’s premier diva” (as described by Time magazine) • 9:45 p.m., Festival Stage.

• Chris Robinson Brotherhood, psychedelic/vintage rock band founded by Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson • 9:45 p.m., Amphitheater Stage.

Saturday, June 28:

• Vince & Mindi, classic Western/country vocal duo • 7:15 p.m., Garden Stage.

• John McCutcheon, folk singer and multi-instrumentalist • 9 p.m., Festival Stage.

• Josiel Perez’s AC Jazz Project, a collaboration of Cuban musicians that highlights Timba dance music and Afro-Cuban jazz • 9:45 p.m., Park Stage.

• Mountain Heart, bluegrass jam band with elements of rock, country, blues, jazz and folk, and known for energetic live shows • 9:50 p.m., Festival Stage.

Sunday, June 29:

• Harper and Midwest Kind, a funk/blues world-fusion act fronted by Australian singer-songwriter Peter D. Harper, who also plays harmonica and didgeridoo • headliner show at 9 p.m., Park Stage. (Also performing at other stages Saturday at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 4:30 p.m.)

• MarchFourth Marching Band, blues/jazz/funk ensemble with a cabaret act featuring dancers and stilt acrobatics • headliner show at 9:45 p.m., Amphitheater Stage. (Also performing in The Round, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.)


The festival’s main street-performance attraction (previously announced) is the Australian troupe Strange Fruit, which does theatrical routines atop flexible 16-foot high poles. The troupe will perform each night of the festival, at 6 and 8 p.m., in The Round.

Admission each day is $12 at the gate, $8 in advance. (Reduced adult admission on opening day, for $10. Lunchtime specials are $6 on Thursday and Friday. Seniors, 65 and up, are $6. Children 12 and under are free.) A four-day pass is $30.

For tickets, go to the festival’s website.