In the summertime, Salt Lake City brings life to the downtown Pioneer Park. When it’s not the weekend’s Downtown Farmer’s Market, it must be Thursday’s Twilight Concert Series. Thousands of people from all over the Salt Lake Valley slowly poured into the musical arena, fenced off with plenty of beer and wine options and food trucks galore lining the grounds for the thousands of hungry guests. With gates open before any music begins, guests can visit merch booths bye Graywhale, Discrete, SLUG, x96 and City Weekly before snagging their spot at the front barricade to await the performances.
After the crowds congregated in the summer sun, the audience turned their focus to the stage. Local group Grits Green gathered onstage, providing a welcome break from the silence with an energetic set of their dance hip-hop style. This larger ensemble incites some dancing and plenty of smiles from the crowd with rap tracks such as “Straight No Chaser.”
After a change in set, the sun lowered, the crowd thickened, puffs of smoke arose from within the anonymity of the audience and musical guest Digable Planets arrived on mic. Blending a fusion of hip-hop, rap and jazz, the trio definitely kept the energy up, engaging the crowd with their controlled and commanding performance.
Sunset, thick crowd, thick smoke—DJ Rick Geez pumped out some remixed hits and pumped up the crowd for hip-hop artist Pusha T to take the stage. Twilight was rocked by the rap, the mood and the energy of the performance. Lyric after lyric from the stage was screamed right back by the audience as the show continued to ramp up the exuberance of the atmosphere late into the night.