Motorcycle shows are nothing new to Utah, and neither are custom bike builders, but it is safe to say that there has never been anything quite like Salty Bike Revival in Utah. Transparently modeled after other motorcycle shows such as Austin, TX’s Handbuilt Show and Portland’s The One Motorcycle Show, organizers Juan Coles of Loco Lobo and Rev Clark of Salt City Builds tried to bring something they had seen in other states to Salt Lake City, and they seem to have succeeded.
Over 6000 people came through the doors over a 12 hour period. On display were custom motorcycles from local builders, vendor booths with motorcycle parts and lifestyle accessories, as well as live music by Breakers and Mad Max and the Wild Ones. Painted helmets and motorcycle gas tanks were on display, as well as large photographic prints by Utah photographers. Salty Bike Revival was staffed by countless volunteers from the local motorcycle community, who put in hours of setup and take-down time.
Any place where countless motorcyclists gather can be a lightning rod for mayhem, though there were no arrests or grievous bodily injuries—at least within the direct proximity of the event. Drinks were served and motorcyclists of all ages and backgrounds attended. There were also some non-motorcyclists present at Salty Bike Revival, some riding in strollers, no doubt forming impressions and ideas for later life decisions.
On Sunday, March 27, The Garage on Beck hosted Jesse Walker’s 6th annual Bunny Hop, a day-long event benefitting the Volunteers of America, Utah – Homeless Youth Resource Center.
Festivities included vinyl-spinning DJs, a raffle, hat contest, performances, dancing, special drink offerings as well as a Garage on Beck buffet, including their signature fried funeral potatoes! The venue was packed both inside and out on the patio with people eager to participate in the yearly event which heralds in the arrival of Spring—all while helping others. The sun was shining, the Easter Bunny made an appearance and a wonderful time was had by all.
Victor “Vic” Blandon (@vhsvic) is a member of the band Cool Banana. He is an animator, puppeteer, and collector of ephemera and objects. In this month’s SLUGStyle, Victor emulates the “Lei Low” cocktail that will be available at the May 18 SLUG Mag Brewstillery as the featured cocktail.
Every month, SLUG Style features a distinct and unique member of the community and asks them why they do what they do. Exploring more than just clothing, SLUGStyle is an attempt to feature the people who give Salt Lake City flavor through personality and panache.
On October 9th, 2015 Big Cartel threw a big birthday bash to celebrate 10 years of existence. It was held at Publik Coffee Roasters, and beer from local brewery Squatters and wine was provided to partiers eager to celebrate the Utah startup’s 10 years of success (an eternity in Internet business years ). Local band Color Animal provided the tunes, playing a tight set of their brand of fuzzy mellow rock. Attendees watched a video presentation which featured owners of Big Cartel stores proclaiming their love for the service, wishing Big Cartel many more years of success.
Started in Salt Lake City by Matt Wigham, Big Cartel provides bands, artists and others an easy way to put their goods online to be purchased by fans.
The UMOCA (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art) gala is one of the best yearly parties in Salt Lake City. The theme this year was “unprohibited”—1931 prohibition, in tribute to the year the institution was founded—and The Fallout was the perfect venue to channel a Chicago-basement speakeasy. Jazz hounds from across SLC might have arrived in Duesenbergs and Rolls (valet of course). Decked out in boas and boaters, feathers and fedoras, attendees chased the green light like they were Gatsby, gazing across the bay. Liquor and beer flowed from two bars while guys and dolls mingled and mock cigarette girls walked around with trays of peppermint stick candy called “Lucky Lights” and “Stallions.” Attendees were encouraged to attend wearing “ritzy underground” dress.
Bill Allred of X96‘s Radio From Hell emceed the proceedings, which included a silent auction on artwork, live auction for trips to Montreal, Los Angeles, Miami and New York—as well as excellent food catered by Blended Table, which was splendid as always, including baby lettuce salad, spring peas with browned butter and prosciutto garnish, scalloped potatoes, meatloaf with demi-glace and a dessert of berry and whipped cream trifle.
During what is UMOCA‘s largest annual fundraiser, attendees had a chance to support local artists, enjoy a meal and drinks from local distillery Beehive Distilling and meet local tastemakers and business owners who help make Salt Lake City a thriving post–Volstead Act metropolis.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald
Punk Rock Halloween is annual event wherein bands dress up as their favorite artists and play their songs like they are the artists themselves. This year attendees had a chance to hear The Go-Go’s (Foster Body), New Order (Fossil Arms), Husker Dü (Chalk), Rage Against the Machine (Wild Moth), My Chemical Romance (Baby Ghosts) and Amy Winehouse (Show Me Island). Most attendees came in costume, some elaborate and silly, some stark and scary.
Punk Rock Halloween was held at Super Top Secret, with their mini ramp halfpipe serving as the stage, which was surrounded by spooky artwork and decoration by Robin Banks of Foster Body—who started off the show with The Go-Go’s enduringly catchy “We Got The Beat.” Banks was adorned as a bright red strawberry with green eye shadow to match their chlorophyll. Their set was quick and energetic, including other fan favorite “Vacation.” After a brief break to check out costumes, Fossil Arms brought the dance-y synth-pop of New Order with electronic drum backing which had everyone dancing. Chalk took the stage as Hüsker Dü, playing their ferocious and fast “New Day Rising” which got the crowd moshing, which was the beginning of the end for much of the Halloween decorations which began to be knocked over as the crowd spilled into the small stage.
Wild Moth started their set as Rage Against the Machine with a recorded speech of vocalist Zach de la Rocha speaking to a crowd at one of their shows, after which they blasted into “Killing in the Name” which turned the crowd to a frothing mass, nearly everyone singing along. Baby Ghosts started their set as My Chemical Romance with “I’m Not Okay” which had everyone remembering their 2004-era angst, as well as every lyric. Every song was energetic and well-performed, with band members switching instruments each song. Show Me Island brought a different mood, with the smooth bluesy sound of Amy Winehouse, backed by brass. Punk Rock Halloween was a huge success, with countless interesting things to see and hear.
[Correction: We referred to Robin Banks by the incorrect pronouns, which are now corrected in the body of the piece. We’re really sorry about the error! –Ed.]
The first of two record release parties for Death by Salt V was held at the Urban Lounge on June 12. It featured music by Dark Seas, Breakers and Albino Father—all three of which have an exclusive track on the new compilation album which was available in vinyl for a special price of $10. Only 1000 copies of the greenish yellow record were pressed, making them a hot commodity to those who seek an eclectic record shelf.
The bands played to a house full of enthusiastic music fans. All three come from a background of some sort of garage rock, and there was definitely a surf rock vibe to the entire night, with plenty of reverb, tremolo picking and guitar-centric crunch and heavy rumbling bass.
Albino Father opened the evening, with a goes-down-easy California feel comprising steady, head-boppin’ snare and echoing chords. Breakers came in loud and fast, sounding like an apt soundtrack to footage of Dogtown skateboarders in Venice surfing pavement. The crowd got wild, spilling beer as long hair thrashed up and down with their music. Dark Seas brought a psych-surf feel to the close of the evening—appropriately past midnight—with organ warbling along with the graveyard-esque vocals.
Death By Salt V is the fifth installment of SLUG Magazine’s local band compilation series. Featuring exclusive tracks by Swamp Ravens, Breakers, The Troubles, Foster Body, JAWWZZ, The Nods, Albino Father, The Pentagraham Crackers, Beat Hotel, Koala Temple, Dark Seas, Super 78 and Color Animal.
The annual Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) gala is always highly anticipated. It is a chance to support UMOCA as well as see what’s new in Utah art, fashion and music. This year’s event featured fashion by Heidi Gress of HMG productions along with styling by Lunatic Fringe. Art was on display and was sold via silent auction.
Models were staged around the venue as still life fashion installations, all styled around the event’s theme—”Vicious”—a reference to Sid Vicious, the bassist of the Sex Pistols. Attendees were encouraged to come wearing “cocktail punk chic,” and most enthusiastically participated. The event was emceed by Bill Allred of X96’s morning show Radio From Hell, who lent his trademark voice in assisting UMOCA reach their fundraising goals by hosting the gala.
Delicious food was casually served, including fish and chips, gourmet hot dogs, homemade potato chips and burgers. Drinks were abundant and varied, including Ogden’s own Five Wives Vodka and Vida Tequila. Local punk band Foster Body brought the noise with an energetic live performance.
The evening was an eclectic amalgamation of high culture and punk rock style, which was surely a first for Utah’s art scene.
The 2015 Craft Lake City DIY Fest Day One got off to an incredible start on Friday, Aug. 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. Inclement weather closed down the facilities early, but the festival continues Saturday, Aug. 8 for a full day of festivities, from noon to 10 p.m.
Read about some of this year’s artisans in our August issue!