As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout moves forward in Utah, entertainment venues and concert halls are reopening and bringing back live music.
Here are the latest updates on the big shows taking place in Utah from 2021-22.
Note: This list is not all-inclusive and will be updated as new information comes in. Venues can send information about upcoming shows to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sept. 7, Jason Mraz announced a tour that will make a stop at the Eccles Theater on Dec. 19.
The tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of Mraz’s debut album “Live and Acoustic,” which was released during the singer-songwriter’s early days that were largely spent performing in San Diego coffee shops, according to a news release sent to the Deseret News.
Mraz will release a 20th anniversary edition of that album — including two previously unreleased bonus tracks — on Nov. 5.
Tickets for Mraz’s Utah show go on sale Sept. 10 at liveeccles.com.
The Eccles Theater also recently announced that Utah’s father-daughter duo Mat and Savanna Shaw — who went viral at the start of the pandemic for their rendition of “The Prayer” — will perform at the venue for the second time on Dec. 18.
The concert will include new songs from the Shaws’ upcoming Christmas album — their fourth album in a year — and will also feature singer Peter Hollens and a special appearance from BYU’s Vocal Point, according to a news release sent to the Deseret News.
Like the Shaws’ first performance at the Eccles Theater in May, the concert — running at 2 and 7:30 p.m. — will be livestreamed so fans elsewhere can take part. Tickets can be purchased via live-at-the-eccles.com.
Most recently, the Shaws — who over the past year and a half have continually shared performances on social media — released an arrangement of “Stand By Me” and “My Girl.”
Earlier this year, the Shaws caught up with the Deseret News about going viral and what the unexpected turn in life has meant to them.
“To have an opportunity to affect people positively through our music — I think it’s so fun that we have people who are interested in hearing us sing, because it allows us the opportunity to go into the studio and to create these new arrangements and to write our own music and share our feelings with the world,” Mat Shaw said. “We wouldn’t have had this opportunity had we not gone viral a year ago.”
Other Eccles Theater updates ...
On Aug. 2, the Eccles Theater announced that Amy Grant will bring a tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of her album “Heart in Motion” to the venue. The six-time Grammy winner will perform at the Eccles Theater on Oct. 9, according to a news release sent to the Deseret News. Tickets go on sale Aug. 6 at 10 a.m MT.
In May, the Eccles Theater revised part of its schedule for the 2021-22 Live at the Eccles season. The updates include new dates for the country band Little Big Town, and legendary comedienne Carol Burnett.
In a news release sent to the Deseret News, the Eccles Theater also announced that its Broadway at the Eccles season will no longer include “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations.” Instead, “Hadestown” — which won eight Tony Awards in 2019, including for best musical — will round out the 2021-22 season lineup.
“Ain’t Too Proud” will instead be part of the theater’s 2022-23 season. Current subscribers’ tickets will be moved to the new corresponding dates of “Hadestown,” according to the release.
Season tickets for the 2021-22 season are currently sold out, but group tickets of 10 or more are available for all shows except “Hamilton” and “Hadestown,” according to the release. Single tickets for each show will go on sale at a later date.
Below is the revised Broadway schedule for 2021-22:
- Nov. 30 -Dec. 5 — “Mean Girls”
- Dec. 28-Jan. 23, 2022 — “Hamilton”
- March 15-20, 2022 — “The Band’s Visit”
- May 10-15, 2022 — “Jesus Christ Superstar”
- June 14-19, 2022 — “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
- Aug. 2-7, 2022 — “Hadestown”
- Sept. 6-11, 2022 — “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Left over from the 2019-20 season:
- Oct. 26-Nov. 13 — Disney’s “Frozen”
- Feb. 15-20, 2022 — “Anastasia”
Additional shows for the theater’s Live at the Eccles season:
- Sept. 10-11 — Little Big Town
- Sept. 12 — Bill Maher
- Oct. 9 — Amy Grant
- Oct. 14 — Tom Segura
- Nov. 17 — David Sedaris
- Nov. 19 — Hasan Minhaj
- Nov. 20 — Alton Brown: “Beyond the Eats”
- Nov. 21 — Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
- Nov. 26-27 — Gentri
- Dec. 9-11 — A Kurt Bestor Christmas
- Dec. 18 — Mat and Savanna Shaw, featuring Peter Hollens and BYU’s Vocal Point
- Jan. 29, 2022 — An Evening with Fran Lebowitz
- Feb. 26, 2022 — Jo Koy
- March 4-6, 2022 — Riverdance
- March 7, 2022 — Neil deGrasse Tyson
- March 8, 2022 — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, with special guest Lucinda Williams
- March 28-29, 2022 — Carol Burnett
- April 9, 2022 — #IMOMSOHARD
- May 5, 2022 — Whose Live Anyway?
John Legend recently added some new dates to his September/October “Bigger Love” tour — including a stop at the Sandy Amphitheater on Oct. 2.
Most recently in Utah, Legend — who is one of just a handful of people in the world to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — was the special guest artist for BYUtv’s 2019 “Christmas Under the Stars” program. Legend, who is a coach on the competition show “The Voice,” also performed a Christmas show at Abravanel Hall in 2018.
Legend’s upcoming show is in support of his album “Bigger Love,” which came out last year.
Upcoming shows at the Sandy Amphitheater include:
- Sept. 10 — Charley Jenkins
- Sept. 11 — NeedtoBreathe with Switchfoot
- Sept. 24 — David Archuleta
- Sept. 27 — Modest Mouse
- Oct. 2 — John Legend
On May 21, Vivint Arena announced that pop star Billie Eilish will perform on March 21, 2022. Although Eilish has performed in Utah before, this concert will mark her first appearance at the arena.
On May 10, Vivint Arena announced that comedian Jim Gaffigan will return to the arena on Dec. 11. Gaffigan previously brought his comedy to the venue in 2018.
- “There is something very unique about Salt Lake City. It’s one of those places that for me, I wish there were, like, eight more metropolitan areas like Salt Lake City,” he told the Deseret News in 2018. “And it’s not just because people like my stand-up. I think there’s also an appreciation for the type of comedy I do. We live in an age where people have a tendency toward outrage, but there’s a trust that the audience in Salt Lake has with me — like, “We know he’s not a jerk. We know that it’s not constructed on shock.”
On April 7, Vivint Arena announced its first new, full-capacity show in more than a year. Country superstar Eric Church will bring his “The Gather Again” tour to the venue on April 30, 2022.
- “I just want to play shows,” Church recently told Billboard. “Politics’ job is to divide — that’s how you win elections. Those things that unite us are music and sports. The times when, whether you’re a Democrat or Republican or whatever, you throw your arm around the person next to you. We need that. I need that.”
On April 9, the arena also announced new shows from country singer Kane Brown and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. Brown will bring a concert to the venue on Oct. 9, 2021 as part of a tour that is stopping at all 29 NBA arenas, according to a a news release sent to the Deseret News.
Bocelli will perform at the arena on Oct. 30 in support of his latest album, “Believe.”
Vivint Arena has also announced that Roger Waters’ postponed concert has now been rescheduled for Sept. 8, 2022. Tickets already purchased remain valid for the new date, according to a news release sent to the Deseret News.
Below is the full list of upcoming concerts at Vivint Arena:
- Oct. 1 — Michael Buble
- Oct. 9 — Kane Brown
- Oct. 23 — Dan + Shay
- Oct. 30 — Andrea Bocelli
- Nov. 10 — LANY
- Nov. 17 — Florida Georgia Line
- Dec. 10 and 11 — Jim Gaffigan
- Dec. 16 — Luke Combs
- Jan. 16, 2022 — Jojo Siwa
- March 1, 2022 — The Weeknd
- March 11, 2022 — Celine Dion
- March 13, 2022 — Justin Bieber
- March 21, 2022 — Billie Eilish
- March 25, 2022 — John Mayer
- April 30, 2022 — Eric Church
- July 1, 2022 — Impractical Jokers
- Aug. 30, 2022 — The Killers
- Sept. 8, 2022 — Roger Waters
Red Butte Garden’s concert series began in late July and extends through the end of September, featuring Country Music Hall of Famer Emmylou Harris and Kenny Loggins, among others.
“After more than a year of isolation and separation, people are anxious to return to normal activities, and that includes attending outdoor events,” Derrek Hanson, Red Butte Garden’s interim executive director, said in a statement sent to the Deseret News.“Since announcing that we were going to resume the outdoor concert series, we’ve been inundated with calls about the lineup, ticket sales, and dates.”
Below are upcoming performances for the 2021 concert series:
- Sept. 12 — Kenny Loggins
- Sept. 14 — Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
- Sept. 16 — Michael Franti & Spearhead
- Sept. 22 — Billy Strings
- Sept. 23 — Khruangbin
- Sept. 29 — JJ Grey & Mofro
- Sept. 30 — Emmylou Harris
- On June 1, the rock band 3 Doors Down announced a tour that includes a stop at USANA Amphitheatre on Sept. 7. The tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut album, “The Better Life,” according to a news release sent to the Deseret News.
Here are the remaining shows for USANA Amphitheatre’s 2021-22 season:
- Sept. 7 — 3 Doors Down
- Sept. 9 — Korn and Staind
- Sept. 22 — Kiss
- Sept. 23 — Alanis Morrisette
- Sept. 24 — Lady A
- Sept. 29 — The Doobie Brothers
- Oct. 2 — Pitbull
- Oct. 5 — 311
- June 4, 2022 — Matchbox Twenty
- June 23, 2022 —Chris Stapleton
- June 28, 2022 — Santana/Earth, Wind & Fire
- July 26, 2022 — Goo Goo Dolls
- Aug. 4, 2022 — Backstreet Boys
On May 18, the Salt Lake City Arts Council and S&S Presents announced that the Twilight Concert series is a go for 2021.
“So incredibly grateful to finally be hosting this event again for our city after its first season off in 33 years,” the organizations announced Tuesday in a Facebook post. Beyond the music, the true purpose of the Twilight Concert Series has always been to bring our community together, support artists, and feel uplifted by one another through an affordable, live concert. After this past year, we certainly need an event like the Twilight Concert Series more than ever.”
Below are the remaining acts for the series:
- Sept. 18 — St. Vincent
- Sept. 24 — Lake Street Dive
In a news release sent to the Deseret News on March 31, the Maverik Center announced that the James Taylor show — featuring special guest Jackson Browne — originally scheduled for May 20 will now take place on Oct. 22. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date.
The Maverik Center also recently announced that Foreigner will be bringing its greatest hits to the arena on July 30.
Shows at the Maverik Center this year include:
- Sept. 21 — Bachman Cummings “Together Again” tour
- Sept. 30 — Judas Priest
- Oct. 2 — Gold Over America Tour starring Simone Biles
- Oct. 22 — James Taylor
- Nov. 13 — Cody Johnson
- Dec. 5 — Jeff Dunham
- Feb. 19, 2022 — Erasure
- March 10, 2022 — Ana Gabriel
- Dec. 8-11 — The Lower Lights
- Jan. 28, 2022 — Ryan Hamilton
- March 8, 2022 — Disney Princess: The Concert
- Oct. 26-30 — Thriller
- Nov. 4 — Martina McBride
- Nov. 5 — Kansas
- Nov. 6 — Kristin Chenoweth
- Nov. 11 — Journey Unauthorized (a tribute to the band Journey)
- Nov. 12 — Ryan Hamilton
- Nov. 13 — Gentri
- Nov. 20 — Jenny Oaks Baker and Family Four