Dixie State University just unveiled its new branding, the Trailblazers, to an enthusiastic and receptive community. Not only does this branding apply to the athletic programs at Dixie, but it is also now the title for the OC Tanner Amphitheater’s summer concert series in Springdale, Utah: introducing the newly titled “Trailblazers – O.C. Tanner Summer Concert Series”.
During his introduction of the new identity, President “Biff” Williams spoke of the courageous and forward thinking trailblazers that settled the St. George area. He explained that the Trailblazer would naturally fit as a title for our University, which is in the midst of amazing growth and positive transition from a small, local college to a relevant, progressive University. This title is also a perfect fit for a concert series that will embrace local and regional musicians and feature groups who have spent a lifetime blazing a trail in their art.
In recent years, the Tanner has held weekly concerts throughout the summer. While this has allowed an opportunity for a high number of shows, the ability to effectively market these shows has suffered. The goal for this season is to decrease the number of shows but raise the bar on quality and advertising in hopes of enticing not only the large number of tourists visiting Zion National Park to attend, but also the residents of Washington County. The new Trailblazers Concert Series will feature world-class entertainment amidst the visually stunning backdrop that the OC Tanner Amphitheater provides. Playing off the hugely successful “First Friday” events held in St George, we will be hosting our events on every “Second Saturday” starting in June and extending through September.
So what kind of shows can you expect? We hope to provide something for everyone during the inaugural season. The series will kick off with Country Jam on June 11th. Local superstar Eric Dodge will co-headline the event along with regional favorite the Randy Anderson Band. This high-energy combination, along with line-dancing instruction between sets, will guarantee a boot-scooting, knee-slapping good time. On July 9th, Rockfest will be headlined by local favorites Wirelefant and Houston Rocket, with a few surprise guests to be announced. Hippiestock comes next on August 13th and will feature a Grateful Dead tribute band: Catfish John. Joining Catfish John will be Soul What?! and Whisky Tooth Revival, both of whom play a funky brand of 70’s inspired groove tunes. Between sets, Hippiestock will play host to what we hope to be the largest drum circle ever assembled in Southern Utah. Rounding out the series on September 10th will be our ode to Bluegrass and Americana music, which will aptly be titled Roots Revival. Marty Warburton and the Home Girls will host the event, which will also feature local multi-instrumentalist Ryan Tilby and friends, as well as some of the region’s best bluegrassers. All four shows will feature food trucks and other family activities to keep kids and adults alike entertained from start to finish.
The Tanner Amphitheater will also play host this summer to an original production titled, “Sanctuary, The Story of Zion”. Written by beloved storyteller and singer/songwriter Sam Payne, the show will tell the multi-layered story of Zion National Park through pictures, story, and song. From the First Peoples, to the settlers who founded the town, to the present day tourists and residents, Sanctuary will chronicle the evolution of the canyon in a way that entertains, educates, and leaves the audience with a better understanding of the challenges and triumphs that are part of the history of one of the nation’s most popular national parks.
Details for Sanctuary, the Story of Zion, as well as the Trailblazers – O.C Tanner Summer Concert Series will be available at www.octannershows.com as well as www.facebook.com/octanneramphitheater. Tickets for all Tanner productions are $15 for adults, $6 for students, or $38 for a family and will be available at the door the night of the events, or at dsutix.com. Shows will start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 435-652-7800.