Differing from past years, a new $5 charge has only made for a better overall concert experience. While it is still early, my guess is the charge will make for smaller, music-focused crowds. Remember when $5 used to get you five cheddar roast beef sandwiches from Arby‚Äôs? Trust me, the Twilight Concert Series ticket is a better deal for your ears and your waistline. In the first show of 2012, The Walkmen and Beach House wowed a crowd of 10,000 + concert goers. Up next? Raphael Saadiq on July 12th and Nas on July 19th.
Raphael Saadiq is widely considered to be one of the best R & B performers out there. That‚Äôs right folks, it‚Äôs not Usher. Always sharply dressed, Saadiq wows with soulful Motown style blended with modern sounds. Think Stevie Wonder and Chuck Berry combined. I know, it‚Äôs THAT good.
Hailing from Queensbridge, Queens in New York, Nas is arguably the most(in)famous MC when it comes to hip hop. From his debut album Illmatic in 1994 to 9 releases later with Life Is Good on July 17th, Nas has remained on top of the hip-hop game. Did you notice the date of that new release? Just two days before Nas rocks SLC. Pushing impressive lyrics and one-of-a-kind samples, this show promises to deliver some incredible energy. OK OK, is it obvious? I am a huge Nas fan.
Nas will be preceded by Tinie Tempah, a young MC from across the pond. You know, England. True to his moniker, Tempah delivers synth heavy, up-tempo hip-hop that will perfectly compliment the more ‚Äúold-school‚ÄĚ approach of Nas.
The Twilight Concert Series represents just a small percentage of the musical offerings in downtown SLC. For ticket information and to view more of the shows coming, go to www.twilightconcertseries.com
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