Sunset Songs | Music | Salt Lake City

It can be hard to convince yourself to get out of the house when it’s so hot all the time, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the perfect summer beauty of an outdoor show. We have a few series worth watching before the summer ends and hopefully, for your viewing pleasure, they will take place. after the sun has set. Attend these fun mini festivities, enjoy the hot air and some cool tunes, without getting sunburned.

Grid City Music Festival: Although The State Room held fewer shows than usual this summer, they are spending their time partnering with Grid City Beer Works, one of the city’s best new local breweries and pub food venues, for their Grid City Music Fest. The festival is a collaboration with other members of South Salt Lake’s creative community, recently dubbed members of “The Creative Industries Zone.” So Grid City brings its beers to the Commonwealth and invites everyone else in the region to bring…everything else.

Using the parking lot outside the site means the festival is indoors and outdoors which is the kind of space you need to wander amongst all the food, drink and snacks. live. Two more weekends of the event are yet to come this summer, and folks can expect booze from Dented Brick Distillery and Sugar House Distillery, some seriously killer vegan grub from Old Cuss, produce gluten-free from Sweet Vinyl Bake Shop, Tap Root Sodas, plus more beer from Salt Fire Brewing Co. and Apex Brewing. You can also go ax throwing with Social Ax Throwing, learn about the magic of Crone’s Hollow, and have your bike guarded at Level 9 Sports’ Bike Valet.

On Friday August 5, find Kaleta & Super Yamba Band with Moodlite, and on Saturday August 6, see Micky & The Motorcars with the Jordan Young Band. Later in the month see Lost Dog Street Band and Matt Heckler on Friday August 20 and Shamarr Allen with a TBA opening on Saturday August 21. Doors are at 7 p.m. and groups start at 9 p.m., well after Sun Position. Tickets for the 21+ series are between $25 and $48 at

Small city : You might remember when the small, shipping container-centric town was just a pop-up kindergarten and weekend food truck stop. Not anymore, at least for now. The operation moved to a derelict space in the Granary district, with a new beer drinking area under the skeleton of a metal roof and lots of organic graffiti over the years decorating the space. It’s an exciting use of an abandoned (but cool) space that has yet to fall into SLC development and gentrification. It’s something to enjoy while it’s here, as Little City will likely move to a new location one day, as has always been their plan.

In addition to beer from brewers like RoHa Brewing and food from Bella Food Truck and Cobra Dogs, the new, bigger little town also brings music. While their next summer event is TBA, their most recent featured music from The Freeloaders, Mars Highway and Alyse Morgan, as well as murals by Josh Scheuerman and a mini gallery from All Caps Art Gallery. Each event is free and for all ages, and runs from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., making it the perfect weekend get-together. Keep an eye on or Instagram @littlecityinc for their next summer event.

Poplar Grooves: Although the Salt Lake City Public Library has a history of hosting unique and exciting artistic acts in one of its other programs (like 12 Minutes Max), that hasn’t stopped them from offering more opportunities. so that the arts are heard and appreciated in our community. This time the library used the large back lot behind the Chapman branch in Poplar Grove on 900 West. The beautiful old building has plenty of charm, but inviting people into the shaded back of the building as the sun goes down to listen to otherworldly tunes makes it even more enjoyable.

So far, the series has included locals and former locals, from Goldie and the Guise and Sophie Blair (locals) to the prolific Stolen Birds of the Nest Emily Brown and Logan Hone, all with offerings spanning all genres. The shows are always free, always on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., and there also always seems to be popsicles and La Croix for spectators and their families. There are two more shows coming up: Bly Wallentine on August 3 and Little Moon on August 17. The sets only last about 30 minutes, so come before or after dinner, or maybe even bring a picnic to spread among the chairs provided by the library.

As a bonus, if you just want to get in and avoid the hot air altogether, the library has also brought its 12 Minutes Max program back to the downtown branch auditorium. The series offers a mix of three different short works of dance, music, film, theatre, performance art or writing to be performed in less than 12 minutes. Only an hour away, it’s a sweet relief from the summer heat. The next show will be on Sunday, August 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information on these two events, visit

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