Ogden to upgrade amphitheater sound system before Twilight concerts begin

Tuesday , April 11, 2017 - 5:15 AM

MITCH SHAW, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Ogden city hopes this year’s Twilight Concert Series will sound just a little crisper than past seasons.

The city council amended Ogden’s most recent Capital Improvement Plan on Tuesday, April 4, bumping up a project to upgrade the Ogden Amphitheater sound system.

The CIP — which prioritizes and ranks infrastructure projects that might be completed over the next five years — was approved by the council in March. The plan included a full renovation of the amphitheater, upgrading the sound and lighting system, shade canopies and an electronic message board.

The $283,300 project was set to begin sometime in fiscal year 2018, which in Ogden begins on July 1, but the city received an unexpected $30,000 Weber County Recreation, Arts, Museums, Parks grant.  The city will now try to tackle the sound system portion of the project before the Ogden Twilight Concert Series, which begins at the amphitheater on Thursday, June 1.

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A letter sent to the council by Ogden Comptroller Lisa Stout says the city will include a $40,000 match to complete the upgrade.

According to council documents, the existing sound system was installed in 2002 and has not been replaced or upgraded since.

“It is very out of date and newer technology is necessary to accommodate today’s musicians,” reads a project information brief prepared by Ogden Special Events Coordinator Christy McBride.

When the rest of the project is funded, the amphitheater’s sun shades will be replaced and an electronic message board will be placed at 25th Street and Washington Boulevard, just east of the facility. The city says the sun shades were installed in 2009. They have become weathered over the years and required repairs, but won’t last much longer, according to the city’s project brief.

The message board would be used for more than just the amphitheater, promoting the more than 300 events that take place in downtown Ogden each year.

There were more than 90 events held at the amphitheater in 2016. The city fears if the upgrades are not made soon, the venue won’t be able to attract high-caliber artists.

The Ogden Twilight Concert Series began in 2015. This year’s set of shows features Alternative rock bands The Shins and OK Go.The series begins Thursday, June 1, and will held every Thursday in June.

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Other acts in 2017 include Oh Land, TroyBoi and Louis the Child, and Miike Snow. The shows will also feature local spotlight artists.

Tickets can also be purchased at all Graywhale Entertainment locations and Lavender Vinyl in Ogden. General admission tickets are $5 to $10 in advance and $8.50 to $13.50 the day of the show. VIP tickets are also available for $25 in advance and $30 day of the show.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with local bands playing at 6 p.m. Headliners are scheduled to take the stage at 8:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.ogdentwilight.com.

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23 or like him on Facebook at facebook.com/MitchShaw.StandardExaminer.

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