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AIR SUPPLY, JUICE NEWTON WILL JOIN AREA BANDS AT S.L. MUSIC FESTIVAL

Air Supply, Juice Newton and Michael Damian will highlight the first Diet Pepsi/-Salt Lake Music Festival the weekend of June 15, 16 and 17.

The recording stars will be joined by a host of popular regional bands outdoors on the Salt Palace Plaza.The festival will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, when Air Supply will be the featured group; from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, with Juice Newton taking center stage; and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, with Michael Damian the featured act.

Each day will feature a different music style.

Friday's style will be pop rock and include the Steve Garcia Band and the Bachelors prior to Air Supply. Air Supply is considered one of the most successful pop rock bands of the '80s, producing eight top-five singles, one gold album and four multiplatinum albums, with sales totaling more than 15 million records. A new album, "The Earth Is," has just been released.

Air Supply features Australians Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, noted for their love songs full of lush harmonies and pure and stylish vocals.

Saturday the emphasis switches to country and Juice Newton. Newton rose to the top of the country charts in 1981 with hits such as "Queen of Hearts," "Angel of the Morning" and "A Little Love." She comes to Utah with a just-released album titled "Emotion." The new disc demonstrates Newton's versatility with love ballads, fluid country rock and songs about broken hearts.

Four other bands will share the stage prior to Newton's closing act. They include the Saddle Boogie Band, Lynn Dee Mueller and the Backstreet Boys, Hired Gun and Sage.

Michael Damian, also known for his role as Danny Romalotti in the daytime soap "The Young and the Restless," will shift Sunday's focus to modern rock.

Damian has also released a new album, "Where Do We Go From Here," which showcases his talents as a singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and musician. It also features his cover of the David Essex classic "Rock On," which was featured in the movie "Dream a Little Dream." Damian's music is rooted in new wave rock. His first band, The Weirz, consisted of his brothers and sisters and produced three independent albums. In 1981, Damian went solo with a recording of Eric Carmen's "She Did It," which landed on the Billboard charts and earned Damian an appearance on American Bandstand.

Joining Damian on Sunday will be Lori Russo, along with local groups Irie Heights, Zion Tribe, Cosmic Moscow, Cafe Society (formerly Various Precarious) and the Taylors.

Ticket prices are $10 for each day. A $5 discount is available for those bringing six empty Pepsi or Diet Pepsi cans, or two one-gallon bottle caps from any Meadow Gold or Viva milk product to ticket outlets or the gate. Broadway Music customers can also receive $5 discount certificates to the festival with any purchase. Tickets are available at all Smith's-Tix or at the gate.

Gastronomy Inc. will have booths from Baci Trattoria, Cafe Pierpont and Market Street Grill and Broiler selling food during the festival.

The festival is sponsored by Diet Pepsi, the Salt Lake Radio Broadcasters Association, Meadow Gold and Broadway Music.