Twilight Concert organizers launch virtual benefit to aid Utah musicians hit by COVID-19 pandemic

(Photo courtesy of Salt Lake City Arts Council) Psychedelic rock band Lord Vox will be one of the Utah music acts performing in a virtual benefit concert, Light Up Locals, a fund-raiser organized by Salt Lake City Arts Council and S&S Presents to help Utah musicians hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Music fans can’t go to Salt Lake City’s Twilight Concert Series — which was canceled because of COVID-19 — but they can support the program and its artists through a monthlong fundraiser aimed at helping musicians who have been hurt economically by the pandemic.

The fundraiser, “Light Up Locals,” launches on Monday and runs through Sept. 25 via the concert ticket portal 24tix.com. It’s being organized by the Salt Lake City Arts Council and the concert promotion firm S&S Presents.

The goal is to provide $500 in emergency support relief funds to qualified Salt Lake City musicians who have been hit by COVID-19 in one way or another.

Donors who give $10 or more through the Twilight Concerts website, twilightconcerts.com, will be given access to a virtual benefit concert featuring four Utah acts:

• Psychedelic rock band Lord Vox.

Marina Marqueza, a Japanese-Venezuelan electro-pop singer and producer.

• Indie-folk band The National Parks.

Joshy Soul, neo-soul pianist and singer.

Donation package options will be available. They will include Twilight-related products, and gift certificates to local restaurants.

“A critical part of the music industry is festivals and venues,” Felicia Baca, the council’s executive director, said in a statement. “We know that these have been among the first to close and the last to reopen.”

Baca added, “We know with the help of our incredible Twilight community, we can lift each other up and help to stabilize artists that have yet to get back to work.”

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