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Mondays in the Park

Free concerts of folk and ethnic music and dance are presented selected Monday evenings in July and August at 7 p.m. in front of the Chase Home Museum in the middle of Liberty Park (enter from 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East in Salt Lake City).  Started in 1987, Mondays in the Park has featured performances from various cultural communities living in Utah.

This year we have invited local craft artists to participate and display their work for audience enjoyment and to enrich the performances.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, family and friends of all ages for these fun, free outdoor concerts.

Mondays in the Park is presented in partnership with Excellence in the Community.

2013 Concert Series Performers

July 8 – Harry Lee and the Back Alley Blues Band

Monday in the Park - Harry Lee Enjoy an evening of the Blues.   Harry Lee and the band joined together 18 years ago under the moniker “The Part Timers” to host a Sunday Blues jam at The Old Bottling House. The Back Alley Blues Band was formed when Harry struck out from the jam to entertain under his own flag. Harry has been entertaining in Utah and all over the west his entire adult life and recently finished a European tour.

July 15 – Tablado Flamenco Dance Troupe

Mondays in the Park Tablado Dance Company was founded in 2001 by Solange Gomes and Jim Moreno. The company combines the vigor and passion of a traditional Flamenco with the vitality of the modern style through unique arrangements made by this authentic ‘cuadro flamenco’. Tablado’s concerts blend aesthetics, meld genres, and connect to your heart.

July 22 – Island Time II

Mondays in the Park Island Time II plays songs from a wide variety of musical traditions, but always adds an authentic Polynesian vibe. Combing music and dance, Island Time II brings the sense of aloha to every performance. The band started in Gardena and Carson California and has performed throughout the United States and Canada, including regular involvement in Hawaii with the Polynesian Cultural Center, International Market Place, Duke Kahanamoku’s and Don the Beachcomber’s.

 July 29 – Sudha’s Indian Classical Dance Group and Lac Viet Band

Mondays in the ParkMondays in the Park Bharatha Natyam is one of the oldest Indian Classical dances from the Southern part of India. It was nurtured in the temples and courts of southern India since ancient times. This 2000-year old art form has been an effective means of connecting people and has survived in spite of centuries of social and political upheavals.  Sudha has received a Fellowship Award for the year 2006 and a Folk and Traditional arts apprenticeship for 5 consecutive years in Idaho.The Lac Viet Band was formed by Lan Nguyen.  Lan was principal dan tranh player for the Saigon Opera.  She won the position at the Saigon Opera by being a pioneer in Vietnamese folk music.  She was the first Vietnamese dan tranh player to learn western music notation and apply it to the transcription of Vietnamese folk songs. She studied both in Viet Nam’s National Music School and in Japan, and then taught other young Vietnamese immigrants to the play the instruments she had learned: dan tranh, dan nguyet, ty ba, zihu, monochord, and others.

August 5 – Mariachi Sol de Jalisco and Ballet Folklorico de las Americas

Monday's in the ParkMondays in the Park Experience Latino music and dance with Mariachi Sol de Jalisco, playing traditional tunes and songs made popular by famous Mexican singers, and Ballet Folklorico de las Americas, one of Utah’s oldest Latin American folk dancing groups.Mariachi Sol de Jalisco began more than 20 years ago in the village of Jaliciense when Jose Orozco Martinez taught his six small children to play the violin, guitar, vihuela and other instruments.Ballet Folklorico formed in 1979 and represents the cultural heritage of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The group has had many dancers from different Latin American countries and now has one member that was born in the year it was formed.

August 12 – Nino Reyos and the Twoshields Dance Troupe

Mondays in the Park Nino Reyos is a member of the Northern Ute and Laguna Pueblo Indian Nations. He has performed throughout the United States, including the well-known Indian Summer gathering in Milwaukee, Wi.  Nino was one of five flute players selected to be part of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies held in Salt Lake City, Utah. His third CD was released in the spring of 2004 and won a International Telly award and received a Native American Music Award Nomination.

August 19 – Evening in Brazil

Mondays in the Park Join musicians Mike Christiansen, Eric Nelson, Christopher Neale, Linda Linford, Lars Yorgason, Don Keipp, and Jason Nicholson for Brazilian music from the Bossa Nova movement.  This show includes the classics of Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994) a Grammy Award-winning Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer and guitarist. Music from other contemporary Brazilian composers will showcase the diverse regional rhythms of Brazil.

Directions and Parking

Mondays in the Park is presented on the front porch of the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, located in the middle of Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. Gated entrances to the park are located at 600 East on 900 South and 1300 South.

Chase Home Museums of Utah Folk Art map

Directions

Parking Options

Free parking is available inside the gates along the perimeter of the park, as well as on the side streets surrounding the park grounds.

Public Transportation Options

Use the UTA’s Trip Planner to get to Mondays in the Park. UTA bus routes 9, 205, 307, and 320 all pass within one or two blocks of Liberty Park. Click here to view UTA’s system map.

Mondays in the Park 2011

Click here to see a video of highlights from Mondays in the Park 2011.

Information

For more information on the Mondays in the Park Concert Series, contact Jason Bowcutt via email or at 801.236.7554.