Meat missiles were firing on all cylinders Saturday, March 9, at the 19th Annual SLUG Games: Winter Wizardry rail jam at Brighton Resort. There’s no better way to ring in the start of spring ski season than with a competition made possible by all our sponsors: Arbor Snowboards, Izm, Pit Viper Sunglasses, Saga Outerwear, Graywhale Entertainment, Chaos Headwear and Brighton Resort.

Fonnzy was keeping the stoke high as the contestants warmed up on this years course and kept the crowd moving and warm all day. Featuring a flat down box, an S-rail, a waterfall rail to a shed jib, a cannon tube and a bunch of cardboard wizards, the setup made by Brighton’s park crew allowed contestants plenty of variety to show off their best tricks. The day followed traditional rail-jam format of 20-minute heats for the 17-&-Under crowd, then Open Ski and Open Snow, followed by finals for those who qualify in the same order of categories.

The MC and head wizard of the day, Rad Brad, kept the event moving and vibes high all day long while giving the riders the shout-outs they deserved and explaining to the crowd what they’re seeing.

The 17-&-Under category kicked off the jam, and these kids didn’t hold back. There were one-foot board slides down the flat-down box, there was a huge daffy and Luke Mullan threw a 2 off the waterfall rail to gap the whole shed jib that had the crowd going crazy. Garrett Calaway won the award for “Best Crash” of the day, giving the crowd the daily dose of carnage they desired. Watching the next generation of skiers and riders throwing down this hard was inspirational and an ego check at the same time. Between the heats, you could find a lot of the 17-&-Under crowd shot-gunning Red Bull and eating whole bananas over with our friends at Pit Viper, further proving the sendy nature of these kids.

The Open Ski crowd that followed, though it was small, didn’t lack talent.  Isabel Parada was representing the girls out there and holding her own, ripping the flat-down box. Tucker Fitzsimons was hot, lapping the park and sending all day. 

Finally, the Open Snow category ended the day. The field of contestants were huge, and they all seemed to be feeding off of each other’s stoke. The Best Trick of the day went to Jeff Hopkins for a back slide on the “S” rail, but he certainly wasn’t the only one getting after it out there. The boys were jibbing their hearts out and getting creative on the “S” rail.  Flips are always a crowd pleaser and were thrown off the cannon tube. Paxton Alexander was spinning to win out there, and the crowd was loving it. The girls showed up in a big way too. Small but mighty Gwynnie Park was giving the course her all and charging every feature she hit.

A huge shoutout to everyone that competed. The top spots of the day went to:

Men’s 17-&-Under Ski: 1st Place Luke Mallen, 2nd Place Alex Mallen, 3rd Place Jaxon Lewis

Women’s 17-&-Under Snow: 1st Place Scarlett Park, 2nd Place Jaida Davis

Men’s 17-&-Under Snow: 1st Place Isaac Harkness, 2nd Place Greyson Hawkins, 3rd Place Noah Singer

Women’s Open Ski: 1st Place Isabel Parada

Men’s Open Ski: 1st Place Tucker Fitzsimons, 2nd Place Bagesol Baker, and 3rd Place Hayden Gellesen

Women’s Open Snow: 1st Place Gwynnie Park, 2nd Place Lexis Bryner,  3rd Place Jess Kelley, Honorable Mention Chizv Maeda

Men’s Open Snow: 1st Place: Bryan Watson, 2nd Place Paxon Alexander, 3rd Place Evan Thomas

Best Trick: Jeff Hopkins, Best Crash: Garrett Calaway

Thanks again to the Brighton park crew, Line Skies, Hovland Snowskates and all of our sponsors. We can’t wait to do it all again next year! Bring on the spring slush.



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Logan Sorenson


Ceza Dzawala

Brendan O’leary

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The 2015 Craft Lake City DIY Fest Day Two started up at noon on Saturday, August 8. This year’s festival features over 250 artisans, craft foodies, vintage vendors and nonprofit organizations, as well as a replete offering of stage performers, buskers, DIY engineers, commercial food vendors and food trucks over two days at the Gallivan Plaza, and you can find everything from locally made cocktail bitters to leather fringe. Attendees perused artists booths that lined the plaza, interacting with many from Utah’s DIY creative community.

Read about some of this year’s artisans in our August issue!

(L–R) Little Hurricane's Tone and CC in the green room before the show. Photo: @LMSORENSON

Blues duo Little Hurricane made a one time stop again and visits the “good people” of Salt Lake City on their way back from their east coast tour stops. Calling San Diego home from and last playing in New York, this group played a set at local venue The Urban Lounge with opening guests Kyle Henderson and Wildcat Strike.

With their 2014 release and second album Gold Fever still fresh in the memories of their fans all over the states, Little Hurricane announced that they are working on a third release. They plan to grace Salt Lake City again with their soulful, western-esque blues magic sometime in 2016. Providing their own unique, old-timey and playful atmosphere, you could see the use of antique cabinets as amps, charming table lamps as mood lighting for the set and the old boots set in front of the drums, as CC played shoeless, wearing only a pair of black stockings over her feet while on stage.

Consisting of Tone (lead vox, guitar) and CC (drums, mandolin, back up vocals) this seemingly straightforward setup ranges from playful, energetic, blues jams to crushing and, at times, heartbreaking hits.

Opening musical guests consisted of solo act Kyle Henderson, who provided a calm and reflective opening sound to the evening, and rock band Wildcat Strike, who amped up the energy to the next notch playing some of their hits before Little Hurricane took the stage.

On March 28, Irish indie rock group Little Green Cars played in Salt Lake City at The State Room with Minnesota-based singer-songwriter John Mark Nelson and his band. With a new album since Little Green Cars’ last show in our fair city in 2014, the band played music from both Absolute Zero and their latest release, Ephemera. Formed in Dublin in 2008, Little Green Cars members include guitarists and vocalists Stevie Appleby and Faye O’Rourke, guitarist Adam O’Regan, bass player Donagh Seaver O’Leary and drummer Dylan Lynch.

During the cold Utah spring evening in Downtown SLC, The State Room attracted a Monday audience of both young and experienced fans. Little Green Cars’ unique sound is relaxing and powerful at the same time with ethereal moments. The band played well-known songs, including “The John Wayne,” “My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me” and “Harper Lee.” Throughout the night, the band had the audience listening intently in their seats, holding those at the front of the stage in a trance-like state. With lyrics that are poetic, romantic and forlorn, Little Green Cars share their points of view on relationships, love and life. Each member of the band provided vocal support to the songs, with Appleby and O’Rourke bringing their individual flairs to the microphone.

Small onstage snags, such as amplifier cables not staying plugged in, guitar power being unavailable for moments before the next song, were handled seamlessly by the band with a sense of levity. As they read poetry to the crowd, explained the backstory of their music and lyrical construction, and shared some young adult experiences in Dublin, it’s clear that Little Green Cars are good friends who enjoy sharing their works to the audience.

Ra Ra Riot comes to SLC at the well known downtown venue Urban Lounge. The group from Syracuse, New York bring their music across the country touring with fellow New York group PWR BTTM and Massachusetts locals And The Kids.

Friends, couples, groups and loners march in to grab a beer before the first act takes the stage. And The Kids members Hannah Mohan, Megan Miller and Rebecca Lasaponaro, from Northampton, Mass., shuffle onstage taking up guitar/vocals, bass and drums. With electric blue highlights, platform sneakers and face glitter, And The Kids blast their own flavor of playful tracks that are best self described as “Existential Glitter Popsicle Crisis.” Borrowing lead singer from following act PWR BTTM, And The Kids rock the patrons at the Urban Lounge.

Next onstage, queer rockers PWR BTTM, consisting of Ben and Liv, both members playing guitar, drums and providing vocals. Ben, wildly glammed up in a sparkling number played guitar for the first few tracks from this group. Then, drummer Liv takes off the kick and heads to the mic. This duo’s original material is inspired by haters’ comments, breakups and current relationships.

Ra Ra Riot takes the stage after 11 p.m. This ensemble includes multi-talented musicians encompassing the use of guitar, keyboard, drums, vocals, violin and electric cello. Providing an indie sound that is not quite electric pop, not quite rock, but with the right addition of folk rock, this group provides a very enjoyable sound and great entertainment for an evening out in Salt Lake City.

Being a Sunday in Utah during a Conference weekend, concert goers and musicians alike were meant to come together for some angry rock, break-up ballads and some great indie hits from a grand ensemble.


Leon Bridges, the twenty-something musician and all-around throwback soul music hit artist, returned to Salt Lake City on May 26. Lines of fans were packed into the entrance to The Depot for this sold-out, all-ages performance. People took up all of the seats and standing room in the venue, all the way from the merch table to the upper mezzanine, where the 21 and older crowd was able to grab an adult beverage.

First up on the ballot was Solo Woods, with guest percussionist Themba Sipho Mkhatshwa, playing what may best be described as “Boyz II Men, Rick James with a shot of Prince,” perhaps adding a dash of reggae in some measures. This touring duo enamored the audience with Woods providing vocals and guitar and Mkhatshwa switching seamlessly from cajon and shakers to cymbals and sticks. Playing off of each other smoothly and thoroughly enjoying the music being played, the duo constantly rode the ups and downs of the steady beat, highlighting vocals and not being afraid to hit that whammy bar at just the appropriate time.

People on dates, folks out on the town and even families with six-plus members awaited the headliner to take the stage, cheering at every roadie hooking up a microphone, every puff of smoke from behind the drums. Finally, the house music cut and the lights dimmed as Leon Bridges and his accompanying band took the stage. Bridges plays tunes that are nonspecifically reminiscent of ’50s and ’60s soul, doo-wop and even a hint of Motown, and the entire audience was into it, swaying back and forth with each other and the band.

Entrancing the entire sold-out, two-floor venue, both the supporting musical guests and headliner Bridges definitely made this Thursday evening one to remember.

With Utah’s breweries—both the longer-lived and the newest ones to hit the scene—handily making some of the finest beers in the region, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, in partnership with the Utah Brewers’ Guild, opened its doors to guests for an evening of art and libations. Many local representative brewery owners and brewmasters hosted their own tasting stations placed in and all around the UMOCA interior.

The event opened its doors to the public at 6 p.m. and already, patrons were eager and waiting. Checking in and grabbing a tasting cup as well as a guide to the available selections of beer, guests made their way through room after room, exhibition after exhibition. On both floors of the museum were stations for refills along the way from Wasatch, 2 Row, Hoppers and more. Each brewery greeted the thirsty individuals with a fresh fill of their brew and a helpful breakdown of the flavor, date of release and ingredients for their particular beer.

The beer was definitely a draw for attendees, but the art crowds are always out and about on a Friday evening to garner some art gallery inspiration. Providing more installations of the thought-provoking and the bizarre, UMOCA had a lot to offer: collages, robot portraits with security camera heads, 3-D artistic portraits and even an odd yet engaging music video with an over-the-top, pro-America satire with distinctively ’80s Saturday morning PSA vibe.

As the building filled with more and more characters sporting anything from cut jeans to full-on multi colored pant suits, this event is most definitely a fine mix of the diverse and growing sub-cultures that make Salt Lake City the gem it is.

A line of eager people forms to enter the Craft Lake City DIY Festival. Photo: @william.h.cannon

There was no better way to wrap up summer than with the 9th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival. Local artisans, craft foodies, DIY engineers, performers and many others gathered in the Gallivan Center on Aug. 11–13 to celebrate Salt Lake’s ever-growing creative community.

There was something for everyone at this year’s festival, whether it was food or finds. Soundtracked by all of the local performers on the SLUG Mag Stage as well as the 90.9 KRCL Stage, the weekend was filled to the brim with entertainment and fun. Local foodie staples were scattered around the plaza, offering delicious classics like Sprinkle and Dash’s French macaroons and Rob’s Cheesesteaks, as well as remixes on old favorites like the sandwiches fromV Panini and the treats available from Argentina’s Best Empanadas. Local favorites Cafe Ibis and CupBop also made appearances.

From the Hand Drawn Photo Booth to handmade jewelry and all the way to woodcrafting and engineering, this year’s DIY Festival introduced Salt Lake City’s residents to new and interesting products and tutorials. While outside on the plaza there were shops to sift through and perfect-pieces to find, the Google Fiber STEM Building was also full of surprises, demos and workshops for science enthusiasts and curious wanderers alike. The inaugural, one-day-only Kid Row was also a must-see at this year’s festival. Many aspiring artists, aged 14 and under, set up their own booths and displayed their creations from embroidery to paintings, wooing the crowd with their many talents.

Luckily, there are only 312 days left until next year’s festival, which means that if you couldn’t make it to the 9th annual, this gallery can prepare you for the 10th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival and give you a taste of all of the excitement that’s to come next year.

You can read about some of the participants in our August Issue.

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DIY Fest Day 1 — Aug. 11, 2017

Will Cannon // @william.h.cannon

Jessica Bundy // @jbunds

Jayson Ross // @jaysonrossphoto

DIY Fest Day 2 — August 12, 2017

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DIY Fest Day 3 — August 13, 2017

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Talyn Sherer //@talynshererphoto