Looking for an unforgettable summertime experience that combines world-class musical performances with breathtaking scenery? You need look no further than the Trailblazers’ Summer Concert Series at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale. Built in 1976, the Tanner is nestled in the shadows of Zion National Park, surrounded by the charm of Springdale with its many restaurants and shops. Since undergoing signigicant renovations, including new sound and lights, this venue is ready to host a summer full of music, dancing, and fun.
The Dixie State University sponsored Trailblazers’ Summer Concert Series kicks off again this year on June 10th, bringing back to the stage country favorite Eric Dodge to headline Country Jam. This multi-artist, festival format will feature Eric’s music as well as line dance instruction provided by Miss Vickie. Other performers may be added as time permits.
Rock Fest will return to the Tanner on July 8th, featuring headliner The National Parks. The National Parks, based in Provo, has enjoyed playing time nationwide and toured the US to rave reviews promoting their two most recent albums. Joining TNP will be local favorites, Many Miles. Led by Dave Tate and Victoria Lagerström, Many Miles combines incredible musicianship with infectious grooves that will get you out of your seat and on your feet.
And the Trailblazers’ Series is just getting started. The big news of the summer is the return of country superstar Collin Raye to Southern Utah. Collin is a country music legend who has produced four platinum selling albums and charted no less than 30 singles, four of which reached number one on the Billboard Country Music charts. His hits include such immediately recognizable classics as “In This Life”, “I Can Still Feel You”, and “Harder Cards to Play.” Collin will perform at the Tanner on August 4th.
Only one week after Collin Raye takes the stage, the Tanner will welcome Nathan Pacheco with the Lyceum Orchestra on August 11th. Pacheco is a graduate of BYU who is currently signed to Disney’s Pearl music label. He is touring to promote the release of his new religious album Higher. Pacheco will be accompanied by the Lyceum Orchestra, named the “Best Youth Performing Ensemble” in the state of Utah for the past 7 years in a row.
A little known fact is that O.C. Tanner built the Tanner amphitheater more than 40 years ago specifically to provide a suitably breathtaking venue at which the renowned Utah Symphony could perform. It seems fitting therefore that Utah Symphony just announced that the Tanner will be the first stop on their “Great American Road Trip” tour beginning August 29th. Tickets will be free of charge to the public but will first be offered as part of a season ticket package that goes on sale May 1. Tickets will be required for entrance to the event and will be available through the DSU box office starting June 1.
The 3rd annual Zion Matrix festival featuring sacred music performer and internationally renowned Kundalini Yoga and meditation teacher Aykanna will be held on August 9. Zion Matrix is a concert focusing on community, awareness, philanthropy, dance and LIVE music.
Breathtaking Zion National Park, which surrounds the Tanner Amphitheater, provides the backdrop for the Zion Canyon Music Festival the last weekend in September, when the festival will once again fill the Zion Corridor with music, art and fun. This festival, which began in 2009, was started with the intention of providing a variety of genres of music by local and national musicians. This year features the funk-rock band Groovement, one-man reggae hip hop sensation El Dub, Southern Utah staples The Reals, country-rock bad boy Raven Cain, local legend DJ Lex, and more.
The event will feature local food vendors, hand crafted art booths, bounce houses and kid activities, and a beer and wine garden. The festival is a green event which emphasizes sustainability and education as two of its core principles. The Zion Canyon Music Festival, which is powered by solar energy and uses only recyclable products, is truly a one of a kind event in Southern Utah.
Season and individual tickets are on sale now. Visit the DSU box office, call 435-652-7800, or go online at www.dsutix.com to purchase your tickets now. Details regarding the series can also be found at www.octannershows.com. T