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Look who's playing biggest Red Butte summer concert series ever

Published April 11, 2012 7:45 am

Music • An expanded series of 26 shows, with packages aimed at different musical tastes.
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Last year, Red Butte Garden hit high notes with its 21 concerts. This year, the concert series has expanded again, with 26 shows scheduled from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

"That's the new high-water mark for the Garden," said Chris Mautz, who books and promotes Red Butte shows.

New this year are partial season packages of six shows. Officials say the packages are based on genres, but they appear designed to lure in different demographics.

Package D, for example, is catered to younger audiences, with the cheapest price, and Bon Iver, Wilco and Andrew Bird in the lineup. The other three packages cater to Red Butte Garden's most loyal demographic: older audiences.

Package A, with Dead Can Dance and Sheryl Crow, will lure in fans of the 1980s and 1990s; Package B will entice jazz and world-music fans with Diana Krall and Norah Jones; and Package C will attract fans of Americana and roots music with Steve Earle and Steve Martin, on the banjo.

"We didn't try to over-think it too much," Mautz said of the grouping, explaining why 26-year-old Colbie Caillat is in the same package as 72-year-old Mavis Staples.

Carter Livingston is board chair at Red Butte Garden, but quickly adds another title: "Chief concert-goer." Livingston, who married his wife four years ago at Red Butte, said this year's schedule offers "a little bit for everyone." He showed his diversity of musical taste — which, in turn, underscores the diversity of the series — by gushing about shows he wants to see this summer: Wilco, The Shins, B-52's, Squeeze and Trombone Shorty.

The packages allow Red Butte Garden members to take advantage of the early purchase period, a week before other Garden members and two weeks before the general public, as well as $5 discounts per show. In addition, some shows have sold out to members before tickets were available to the general public.

The lineup includes popular returning acts, such as Josh Ritter, Brandi Carlile and Bonnie Raitt. Some musicians, Mautz said, ask their booking agents to look for open Red Butte Garden dates when planning summer shows. The venue has a "lasting and impactful" effect on musicians, he said. "The first time Sheryl Crow played, she said she wanted to come back every year," he said.

In past years, a handful of shows were added to the schedule mid-season. But with 26 planned shows, the staff and volunteers look like they'll already be busy managing venue crowds. "Never say never," Mautz added.

Here's the lineup:

The Shins with The Head and the Heart and Blind Pilot • Monday, May 28

Bon Iver with The Staves • Tuesday, May 29

Sheryl Crow • Sunday, June 3

American Legacies: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band • Sunday, June 10

Melissa Etheridge • Wednesday, June 13

Wilco with Blitzen Trapper • Monday, June 25

Jimmy Cliff • Tuesday, June 26

The B-52's and Squeeze • Monday, July 2

Brandi Carlile • Sunday, July 15

Josh Ritter • Tuesday, July 17

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers • Thursday, July 19

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals • Friday, July 20

Al Green • Friday, July 27

Los Lobos and Steve Earle • Sunday, July 29

Diana Krall • Wednesday, Aug. 8

Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw • Friday, Aug. 10

Michael Franti & Spearhead • Sunday, Aug. 12

Gipsy Kings • Monday, Aug. 13

Andrew Bird with Amadou & Mariam • Tuesday, Aug. 14

Dead Can Dance • Friday, Aug. 17

Norah Jones • Tuesday, Aug. 21

Crosby, Stills & Nash • Thursday, Aug. 23

Huey Lewis & The News • Sunday, Aug. 26

Bonnie Raitt with special guest Mavis Staples • Tuesday, Aug. 28, Wednesday, Aug. 29

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue • Sunday, Sept. 2

Packages go on sale April 23 at 9 a.m. Individual ticket sales go on sale to Garden members on April 30 at 9 a.m. The general public will be able to buy tickets on May 7 at 9 a.m.

Packages include one general admission ticket to six concerts as outlined in each package. There are four packages, with no substitutions.

Tickets and memberships (which cost $35) are available at redbuttegarden.org or by calling 801-585-0556.

Once individual tickets go on sale and a show sells out, the package containing that concert will no longer be available.

Package A

June 3 • Sheryl Crow $66

June 13 • Melissa Etheridge $57

July 2 • B-52's and Squeeze $47

Aug. 10 • Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw $40

Aug. 17 • Dead Can Dance $36

Aug. 28 • Bonnie Raitt $58

GARDEN MEMBER PRICE $304

Package B

June 26 • Jimmy Cliff $35

July 17 • Josh Ritter $32

July 27 • Al Green $53

Aug. 8 • Diana Krall $55

Aug. 13 • Gipsy Kings $55

Aug. 21 • Norah Jones $65

GARDEN MEMBER PRICE $295

Package C

June 10 • The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band $35

July 19 • Steve Martin $55

July 29 • Los Lobos and Steve Earle $37

Aug. 23 • Crosby, Stills and Nash $70

Aug. 26 • Huey Lewis $52

Sept. 2 • Trombone Shorty $30

GARDEN MEMBER PRICE $321

Package D

May 29 • Bon Iver $40

June 25 •Wilco with Blitzen Trapper $46

July 15 • Brandi Carlile $33

July 20 • Grace Potter $35

Aug. 12 • Michael Franti $43

Aug. 14 • Andrew Bird $39

GARDEN MEMBER PRICE $236 Red Butte 2012 summer lineup

The Shins with The Head and the Heart and Blind Pilot • Monday, May 28

Bon Iver with The Staves • Tuesday, May 29

Sheryl Crow • Sunday, June 3

American Legacies: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band • Sunday, June 10

Melissa Etheridge • Wednesday, June 13

Wilco with Blitzen Trapper • Monday, June 25

Jimmy Cliff • Tuesday, June 26

The B-52's and Squeeze • Monday, July 2

Brandi Carlile • Sunday, July 15

Josh Ritter • Tuesday, July 17

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers • Thursday, July 19

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals • Friday, July 20

Al Green • Friday, July 27

Los Lobos and Steve Earle • Sunday, July 29

Diana Krall • Wednesday, Aug. 8

Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw • Friday, Aug. 10

Michael Franti & Spearhead • Sunday, Aug. 12

Gipsy Kings • Monday, Aug. 13

Andrew Bird with Amadou & Mariam • Tuesday, Aug. 14

Dead Can Dance • Friday, Aug. 17

Norah Jones • Tuesday, Aug. 21

Crosby, Stills & Nash • Thursday, Aug. 23

Huey Lewis & The News • Sunday, Aug. 26

Bonnie Raitt with special guest Mavis Staples • Tuesday, Aug. 28, Wednesday, Aug. 29

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue • Sunday, Sept. 2