The Orem Arts Council, Wayfair, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, The Cultural Arts & Recreation Enrichment (CARE) Program, and the Orem Public Library present Orem’s fourth annual outdoor summer concert series at The Stage at City Center Park. Starting on June 15, eight concerts will take place during June and July featuring talented musical groups and performing artists from across Utah Valley. There will be seven concerts on Monday evenings and one Saturday evening concert on July 25 featuring Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker. A schedule of the concert series is listed below. All concerts are free and begin at 7:00 PM at The Stage at City Center Park, located in the southeast corner of City Center Park near 100 North and 400 East in Orem, just west of the Orem Senior Friendship Center.
Monday, June 15: Maddie Wilson (Country/Pop)
Maddie is a fast-rising country music star with over 125,000 followers on social media. Her first EP in 2012 gave her two #1 hits on the Indie Country Charts and she was named the #1 international indie artist. She has performed with country stars Chris Young, Lonestar, Jon Pardie, Ty Herndon, Due West, and rock sensation Imagine Dragons.
Monday, June 22: Jerseystreet (Classic Rock)
Jerseystreet is a family variety band begun in 1993 with four players, including Larry Green, head of the guitar department at BYU. They have played hundreds of events across Utah with a versatile repertoire of classic country, rock, jazz, and pop music.
Monday, June 29: Bluegrass Thunder (Bluegrass/Country)
Bluegrass Thunder was originally begun to compliment a well-known dance team, Cloggers West, a young persons’ group of Clog Dancers led by the Tuckers of Orem, Utah. Since its beginnings, Bluegrass Thunder has performed locally, nationally, and abroad, representing American Folk Traditional Music and Dance (along with Cloggers West). Bluegrass Thunder’s repertoire includes bluegrass, western, country, and contemporary songs featuring fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass.
Monday, July 6: Annie’s Romance (Celtic)
Annie’s Romance is a four-member band founded in 2012 by Robert Macdonald, who earned his master’s degree in folklore focusing on Cape Breton fiddling and tune composition. They perform traditional Celtic music throughout the Wasatch Front featuring guitar, bagpipes, fiddle, flute, penny whistle, mandolin, banjo, and vocals.
Monday, July 13: 6 Miles Ahead (Vocal Jazz)
Molded in the tradition of vocal groups such as Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices, 6 Miles Ahead has garnered respect as Utah’s premier professional vocal jazz ensemble. Since their debut with a first place finish at the prestigious Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the award-winning group has performed throughout the northwest United States, energizing audiences with ambitious arrangements of everything from traditional jazz to pop, Bach, and the Beatles. They have appeared in events such as The Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, The Uinta County Concert Series, Jazz in the Canyon, and the SLCC Vocal Jazz Festival, and have performed alongside jazz greats like Joe Beck, Matt Wilson, Darmon Meader, Brandon Fields, Kirby Shaw, Michele Weir, Kerry Marsh, and Lionel Cordew.
Monday, July 20: Red Desert Ramblers (Bluegrass)
The Red Desert Ramblers are a regional band of musicians who play bluegrass, classic country, and swing music, blending harmonies with smoking instrumental breaks. They were the first Utah Band to ever be hired for an IBMA performance by the International Bluegrass Music Association and were the only bluegrass band featured at the Mountain West Conference of the Arts. They have appeared at numerous regional and national music festivals, including International Bluegrass Music Association FanFest in Nashville, Darrington, Washington Bluegrass Festival, Pickin’ in the Pines in Arizona, and more.
Saturday, July 25: America’s Violinist Jenny Oaks Baker
The City of Orem is pleased to host America’s Violinist, Jenny Oaks Baker, in a one-of-a-kind free concert. Jenny Oaks Baker is a Grammy-nominated, Billboard No. 1 performer and recording artist. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Over the years she has collaborated with such luminaries as Gladys Knight, Kurt Bestor, Marvin Hamlisch, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, and the Library of Congress, and as a guest soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Monday July 27: B. D. Howes Band (Classic Rock)
The B. D. Howes Band appeals to a wide range of audiences with their performances of eclectic, vintage, 60s classic, blues-based rock. They have performed throughout the Wasatch Front in locations such as the Helper Arts & Music Festival, St. George Arts & Music Festival, Kimball Arts & Music Festival in Park City, Snowbird Cool Air Concert series, Snowbasin Summer Concerts, Jordan Landing Summer Concerts, Lunch Bunch Concert series at the Gallivan Center, Deer Valley Ski resort, and KUTV Channel 2 and KSL Channel 5 Morning News shows.