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Up-and-coming stars shine at concert in Lehi

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LEHI — The "Catch a Summer Star" concert at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi Saturday night was a pleasant way to sample a number of potential rising stars — some of whom will undoubtedly be very visible on the entertainment horizon very soon.

Assembling six of the artists and acts that are on the marketing lists for Deseret Book and Shadow Mountain was a good idea as no one was committed to a whole evening of any one group. Mostly, the acts took 15-minute turns at being on stage.

However, many in the audience were taking note of just how and where to catch more of "T Minus 5" and "Providence."

A number were also making a mental note to catch Kirby Heyborne in his latest LDS picture involving pirates on the Great Salt Lake — especially after Heyborne showed up in mascara, one high heel and the rags that befit a pirate.

Heyborne — by the way — while not the most talented musically, was a hit with his off-beat personality and his humor. He's on his way to Mike Myers or Ben Stiller fame.

On the guitar, Shane Jackman probably excelled, though his tunes are a little esoteric for the average man.

Providence, comprised of four Utah County women: Kelly Shepardson, Katharine Matis Adams, Camille Aagard and Kerilyn Johnson, who obviously love to perform, clearly had the most vigor and color and the most professional sound, particularly with "Falling Into Freedom's Arms."

T Minus 5 was great in the humor section (loved the Beatle wigs) and has a remarkable blend that lies somewhere between barbershop and a cappella choral standout music all done without any instruments but the members' voices.

Jason Deere was low-key, comfortable on stage and confident as he shared some of the numbers he's written and recently recorded in Nashville for the Joseph Smith Restoration project.

His low, deep-country sound lends an interesting and different note to the well-known and lesser-known stories about the LDS prophet.

Alex Boye, who's come to Utah from an English singing gig, closed out the evening with 12 — count 'em — people backing him up on vocals and instrumentation. He goes hard for the energetic gospel rock sound, which works to a certain degree. The church ball rap song is fun to hear, and he's obviously talented and into doing his thing.

It's just a little over the top. Backing off, especially when it comes to making public comments about things sacred to the LDS culture, may be a good idea.


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