2017 Concert Artists

June 9

Singers Company (opener) We sing, we move, and most of all – we have fun! Singers Company is more than just hitting notes and following steps; it inspires confidence for girls, provides a non-competitive opportunity for them to perform, and allows them quality time to create lifelong friendships and memories. Singers Company is made up of girls ages 3-11.  They entertain with music and dancing.

Bent Fender: Bent Fender has been playing in the Salt Lake City area for over five years. Their music is a variety of Classic Rock, Blues and Country covers that are from many of your favorite bands of the sixties and seventies. See www.BentFenderrocks.com.

June 16:

GemStar Dance (Opener): GemStar Dance is a cultural performance group. Styles of dance include, Mexican Folklore, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Alternative dancing. Yearly performances include Midvale Cinco De Mayo, St. Peter and Paul Church fundraiser. GemStar participates in the Taylorsville Dayzz Parade along with the West Jordan 4th Of July Parade.

Incendio (Headliner):  INCENDIO in both Italian and Spanish means “fire” and this moniker is fitting for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of INCENDIO’s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful and bold images – they refer to their style as “Latin Guitar World Fusion”.   Averaging over 150 shows a year since 2000, INCENDIO’s live performance has become an explosive improvisatory journey, garnering tremendous audience response in such diverse venues as the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Sundance Film Festival, Levitt Pavilions across the nation, Catalina Jazztrax, California World Festival, and many more across the United States.  Their nine CD’s have enjoyed international radio airplay and critical acclaim.  Their most recent CD is the 2015 Christmas release “O Night Divine” – their previous CD “The Shape of Dreams” from 2013 was #1 on the Amazon Flamenco charts for most of 2013 and has become their best-selling CD to date.  The group features founding members Jim Stubblefield (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass and guitar), and Jean-Pierre Durand (guitar) and drummer Tim Curle.


June 23:

Shawn Zumbrunnen (Opener): Shawn Zumbrunnen is an award-winning entertainer, comedian, writer, and musician. For over 20 years he has had the privilege of providing top notch entertainment for various organizations all over the country. Shawn’s specialty is wowing audiences with a spectacular combination of music, comedy, and high energy; he literally creates musical alchemy on the spot. His show not only entertains the audience but makes them part of the show as well.

Joshua Creek (Headliner):  Joshua Creek performs regularly at corporate and civic events throughout the Western U.S. Their unique blend of storytelling and folk-country music leaves audiences both laughing and crying. Over the last eight years the band has released 5 CDs and one live DVD, which have received local and national radio airplay, including the No. 1 Christian-Country hit “What Kinda Car?” They have also won regional and national songwriting awards, including a Pearl Award for “Songwriter of the Year.”

June 30:

The Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band (Opener and Headliner):  The Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band was established in 1924 and today travels throughout the state, performing for official functions and community projects.  The band is capable of fielding seven separate musical performance teams. Each year the band performs across the state of Utah, giving clinics and concerts for schools; performing at civic functions; marching in parades; and providing music for military dances, changes of command and other ceremonies.

In 1992, the band was invited by the mayor of St. Petersburg, Russia, and the U.S., State Department to perform with the Leningrad Military District Headquarters Band. The band performed at numerous venues during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and in 2004 travelled to Germany to support the U. S. Army Europe Band and Chorus. In 2010 the band performed on tour in the Kingdom of Morocco in Northern Africa. The 23rd Army Band has also performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Utah Symphony, and the U.S. Army Field Band.

In addition to being a group of musicians, the 23rd Army Band is a group of U.S. Army Soldiers. They maintain readiness with a full training schedule including an annual weapons qualification, a semiannual physical training test, basic Soldier training, and training in many other skills required of Soldiers and members of the Utah National Guard. During the day, these Citizen-Soldiers work in other roles such as accountants, engineers, contractors, software engineers, teachers, and parents. Many also perform in other musical organizations around the state.

July 7:

Variety Show: featuring Sam DeLeeuw, David and Jenny Lynn Anderson, Paul Kern and Mike Bown, Colt Blankman, and Clive Romney

Sam DeLeeuw:  Make no mistake, she knows what she’s talking about. Twenty-plus years a rancher’s wife; she’s herded horses, cows, sheep, and daughters. Sam’s background gives her all the ideas for her often funny, but sometimes tear-evoking, stories.  She is, in fact, an award-winning cowboy poet who happens to be one of America’s best and most sought-after humorists.

David and Jenny Lynn Anderson: David and Jenny Lynn Anderson are a father and daughter duo from Harrisville, Utah. Traveling all over the Western United States, these two love to sing to anyone who wants to listen. Their brand of music ranges from old cowboy tunes to classic country songs, with a few originals thrown in. Ask, and they’ll tell you the best part about performing is that they get to do it together.

Paul Kern & Mike Bown: Paul Kern first received national recognition in 2004 for his western poetry as the 12th Lariat Laureate of CowboyPoetry.com.  His CD “Rimrock – Where Memories Rhyme” received the Will Rogers Award by the Academy of Western Artists.  “Rimrock” and his other CDs “Morning after Rain” and “Saddle Songs of Idaho” receive frequent radio and media play.  Paul was nominated “Male Cowboy Poet of the Year” by the Academy of Western Artists.

Mike Bown is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist with deep western roots.  He has played with the Young Ambassadors and Synthesis of BYU and performed professionally with the Mexican State Opera Orchestra, numerous European orchestras, opera houses and prominent choral groups.  Mike has performed for King Hussein of Jordan and toured Australia as a concert musician.

 Colt Blankman: Colt is in his second year of cowboy poetry.  He is 9 years old and lives in Avon, Utah.  This year he had the opportunity to perform a poem on Fox New’s Good Day Utah with Big Budha to promote the Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous.  At that Rendezvous he won his division at the kids poetry contest with an original poem.  He loves to shoot anything and is a member of the Youth Hunter Education Challenge.  He also loves horses and is in his third year of 4H Ranch Roping and his first year of 4H Horse. He is very excited about the opportunities that lay ahead of him with Cowboy Poetry.

Clive Romney: Clive Romney wears many hats. Clive the recording producer has produced more than 130 albums, thousands of other recordings: jingles, demos, digital samples, theme songs and audio‐visual soundtracks. He engineers most of his own recordings in his studio, Pitchfork Studios, and produced 40 episodes of “Histories of the Hymns” and 40 of “Music With a Message” for The Mormon Channel.

Clive Romney the composer and songwriter has more than 500 published works. Clive wrote the lyrics for the animated films Swan Princess II, III, and the soon‐to‐be‐released IV, the music and lyrics for “Over The Edge at The Grand Canyon” (commissioned by the National Park), the music for the new Nauvoo Visitors’ Center show “High Hopes and Riverboats” , much of the lyrics and music for a pioneer heritage show called “The Ghosts of Gardner Village” , and an elementary‐school early Utah history program called “The Heart Of A Pioneer” , and music and lyrics for “Echoes of Christmas” presented these past six Christmases at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. He is creative director for “Story Road Utah” which tells the pioneer stories of Utah communities and families. He produces The Legacy Series for Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts.

Clive Romney the teacher has taught guitar, songwriting, arranging and Introduction to the Music Business at Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, and privately. Clive Romney the performer has 4,000+ performances to his credit—solo and with Enoch Train, Caboose, Willingly, Grouse Creek Lily, Manassas, and other ensembles. He plays guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, accordion, percussion, dan tranh, charango, bodhran, various other ethnic instruments, and “just enough piano to get into trouble.”

Clive Romney the organizer is Executive Director of Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts, which portrays the passion of the pioneer experience in all the heritage arts (www.upharts.org).

July 14:

Cityjazz (Headliner):  The CITYJAZZ BIG BAND, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring the jazz musical art form to the public in a manner that is meaningful, educational, entertaining, and affordable. Cityjazz is led by Julie Christofferson, M.Ed, and by Emmy award-winner, composer, and arranger Dr. Marden Pond (ASCAP), and features sophisticated and entertaining original compositions, along with various styles of big band contemporary and classic charts. The band performs for and supports many community events, has been the headline group for Utah’s Arts in Education and the Mountain West Arts Conferences, and has performed for the Excellence in the Community concert series. Cityjazz is thrilled to perform for the Midvale Arts Council for the second time.


July 21

Assembly 6.0: Alta Baxter-Vocals, Percussion;  Jake Baxter-Vocals, Guitars;  Richard Bradley-Vocals, Guitars;  Mike Nash-Vocals, Keyboards;  Scott Purcell-Vocals, Bass;  Tyler Christensen-Vocals, Drums .  They are a group of friends that are together because of their love for music and performing.  Sometimes they have too much fun!  Their music includes dance, classic rock, rock, and pop music.

 July 28:

Jarabe Mexicano: Performing a wide range of repertoire on traditional mariachi instruments and accompanied by percussion, Jarabe’s arrangements feature striking harmonized vocals in Spanish and English. Along with celebrated Boleros, Huapangos, Sones, and Rancheras, audiences rave to their lively Cumbias as well as their revamped Rock & Roll hits and Reggae classics.

While their recently released bilingual anthem, “Get Up, Stand Up (Semillas)”, highlights the band’s distinct contemporary arrangements, their current EP album, SEMILLAS, also reflects Jarabe Mexicano’s approach to more traditional Mexican music as well as other Latin genres.

August 4:

Ben Brinton (Opener):  Ben Brinton has been a stage performer in Utah for most of his life, not only as musician and songwriter, but also as actor, producer and sound engineer. He has produced 7 independent albums including his most recent album titled Poli-tiks, scheduled to be released this fall, 2017.

His style of music is original acoustic rock music. He blends a creative use of a 12-string guitar and looping pedal.The inspiration for his songs comes from a large gamut of influences including comedy, and impressionable moments in his life. His involvement in choir and theater in high school started his path as a performer, and he has been writing, producing and performing with various improv troupes, community theaters and local independent films ever since.

Channel Z: Channel Z is an 80’s pop/new wave/rock/metal band that also plays your favorite current hits!  They play all of the 80’s hit songs such as blondie, the cars, pretenders, depeche mode, frankie goes to hollywood and much more.  Keri Peshel—Vocals/bass, Emilie Star–Vocals,  Frankie Hollywood-Vocals/Bass/Keys,  Josh Oshoy—Lead Guitar, Chris Ishoy—Keyboards,  Stephanie Selcho—Drums