Here’s why the first Twilight Concert of 2022 has been canceled

Refunds will be sent to single-show buyers; season ticket holders may get an alternative show.

(Elektra Records) Alt-rock band Rainbow Kitten Surprise has canceled its July and August tour dates — including the July 14, 2022, opening show of the Twilight Concert Series at Salt Lake City's Gallivan Center.

Thursday night’s opening show of Salt Lake City’s Twilight Concert Series has been canceled at the last minute — because the headlining band has decided to stop touring this summer.

Ela Melo, lead singer for the alt-rock band Rainbow Kitten Surprise, posted a message to fans on the band’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts Thursday morning, announcing cancellation of all July and August tour dates.

“After being off the last couple of years due to the pandemic, we were excited to hit the ground running with touring,” Melo wrote in the band’s statement. “As amazing as it has been singing and dancing with you every night, the toll of life on the road has finally reached its breaking point.”

Melo wrote that she decided “it is in my and our best interest to take this time to regroup and focus on my mental health.”

The Salt Lake City Arts Council — which stages the Twilight series at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City — announced Wednesday that 24tix.com, the ticketing agency for the series, will refund single-show tickets.

For people who bought season tickets to the series, the arts council said it is working to book an alternative concert at a later date.

The band’s announcement came just hours before the Gallivan Center show, which was arguably the most anticipated show in the series.

The remaining concerts in the series are:

August 6 • Indie-folk musicians Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten and Julien Baker, co-headlining on the “Wild Hearts Tour.”

August 11 • Indie-rock band The Decemberists.

August 16 • California “bedroom pop” performer Cuco.

September 2 • Americana musician Shakey Graves.