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Twilight Concert Series kicks off with Blitzen Trapper, Belle and Sebastian

Eager Pioneer Park crowd embraces concert scene while downtown businesses cheer.

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A block away, Rio Grande Cafe doesn’t face that problem — though they try to lure it with half-price appetizers and $10 Corona buckets.

"We see a little bit of a bump, but not what you would expect being right down the street," said manager Allison Cunha. "They kind of park right here and walk right past us, which is discouraging."

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By the time Blitzen Trapper made way for headliner Belle and Sebastian, as the temperature relented, concertgoers got contemplative — focusing less on the capital’s bottom line than its reputation.

"It’s nice that we’re a little more artistic than just boring and plain," raved Anam Schab, a Twilight season-ticket holder from Daybreak.

Nursing beers and pizza alongside their two music-savvy kids, a couple from Sugar House agreed the $5 fee "cuts down on the stupidity." They come regularly to support locals like Chow Truck and Graywhale — and say Twilight gives Salt Lake City a summertime shot in the arm.

"It probably makes us seem less square," Amber Bottari said.

And, Dave Madden added, "we’re always trying to get out of the shadow of the Osmonds."

As for that balance theory, fans on all sides won’t have to wait long for an answer. Patio parties are planned for Ludacris on Aug. 15. And, in one week, Jarman’s urban jungle welcomes the inimitable Flaming Lips.


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