(KCPW News) After months of speculation, Mayor Ralph Becker announced this morning the new location for the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Twilight Concert Series for 2010. The free concerts were displaced by the renovation and expansion of the Gallivan Center, which has housed them for the past 15 years.
“With the Gallivan Center’s renovations that we’ve known was coming and is upon us now, these beloved and well-attended concerts are going to need to find another location,” Bekcer said. “This year, we will be moving the Twilight Concert Series to Pioneer Park. And we are really thrilled with that. (applause)”
Becker said the concerts are a welcome addition to the efforts the city has undertaken to revitalize the park and the surrounding neighborhood.
Casey Jarman, director of the Twilight concerts, said the Thursday night shows have grown significantly in the past five years. Attendance peaked at more than 15,000 people last summer. Jarman said he specifically looked for a new location that’s big enough to accommodate the large crowd. And once he toured Pioneer Park, he knew it was the right venue.
“Two things that immediately came to mind was how much that neighborhood has changed, what a positive sort of feel and vibe that area has right now,” Jarman said. “I think that that is really important, particularly when you want to be a part of something and want to have neighbors and community and you want to build neighbors and community.”
The other thing that came to mind were the challenges Pioneer Park presented, like how to secure the stage, which will be left in place all summer in a park known for its transient population. Jarman said the park will not necessarily be the permanent location for the concert series.
Jarman also announced most of this summer’s line-up:
July 8: Modest Mouse with Avi Buffalo
July 15: Girl Talk
July 22: Beirut
July 29: New Pornographers with Dodos
August 5: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
August 12: TBA
August 19: TBA
August 26: She & Him