‘Queens of Music’ will be celebrated, onstage and in murals, at The Gateway for International Women’s Day

(Stefan Poulos | courtesy of The Gateway) Utah musician Talia Keys will be one of the featured acts at the Queens of Music Festival, set for Saturday, March 7, 2020, at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City.

Live music and artistic celebrations of “Queens of Music” are part of a celebration of International Women’s Day, set for Saturday, March 7, at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City.

The Queens of Music Festival starts at 2 p.m., at The Gateway, 50 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City.

From 2 to 7 p.m., the event will feature live music: singer Jazzy Olivo at 2:30 p.m., hip-hop artist Mana at 3:30 p.m., guitar duo First Daze at 4:30, and soul/funk/rock musician Talia Keys at 5:30 p.m. KRCL hosts Eugenie Hero Jaffe and Lara Jones will be emcees.

At the same time, eight commission artists will paint murals live to pay homage to “queens” of different musical genres. The murals will be completed on 8-foot cubes to be located in The Gateway and, potentially, other locations around downtown Salt Lake City.

The “queens,” their genres and the artists painting them are:

• Björk (avant garde), by Brooklyn Ottens.

• Billie Holiday (jazz), by Lindsay Huss.

• Joan Jett (rock and roll), by Emma Goldgar.

• Lizzo (pop/hip-hop), by Caitylyn Renshaw.

• Dolly Parton (country), by Tiffany Dewitt.

• Poly Styrene (punk), by Allie VanKlee.

• Diana Ross (Motown), by Makenzie Alexander.

• Amy Winehouse (retro soul), by Caroline Kane.

During the day, the festival will feature vendors that support women-run businesses.

A panel discussion is set for 7 p.m. at Kiln, the co-working business overlooking the Olympic Legacy Fountain. That’s followed at 8 p.m., also at Kiln, by a screening of the documentary “RBG,” a portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Both the panel and the screening are sponsored by the networking site Bumble.

Admission to the concerts and live mural painting is free. Tickets for the events at Kiln are a $5 donation to nonprofit radio station KRCL-FM, and are available at shopthegateway.com.

The event at The Gateway takes place a day before the official International Women’s Day, which happens worldwide on Sunday, March 8.

Coverage of downtown Salt Lake City arts groups is supported by a grant from The Blocks, a cultural initiative of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County.