Summer nights are nearly upon us and that means vibes for great summer concerts cannot be far behind.
What's better, after all, than settling down at sunset on a lawn somewhere to listen to your all-time favorite singer or hot band crank out a few tunes?
Today we offer Our Concert Picks, the artists some of our TX. staff members would most like to see perform in Utah during the summer of 2012 -- and the ideal venues where they'd like to see them in concert. Check it out and see if your favorite is on their list.
Dream venue: Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City
Why this artist rocks: I saw Modest Mouse perform at the Twilight Concert Series in Salt Lake City two years ago. They were amazing. They had genuine stage presence and the whole audience (which was massive) had a lot of energy. But prior to the concert, I didn't know any of this band's songs. I loved the show, but I feel like I couldn't really appreciate it as much as I would have if I had already been a fan.
Now, after listening to Modest Mouse's albums for countless hours during the last two years, I know I would be one of the people right at the front of the crowd, singing along to all of the songs. I'd love to experience it all over again so I could appreciate what an amazing show it was. Music by Modest Mouse has the rhythm and catchiness of pop music without overused and asinine lyrics.
Modest Mouse has a unique sound and enough variety in each of their albums to keep you interested. I have listened to songs like "Dashboard" and "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" so many times that I would love to hear them live once more.
Katie Byrd DaVinci Academy
Dream venue: My deck in my backyard
Why this artist rocks: Manchester Orchestra is not your typical orchestra, in fact they're not even an orchestra at all. They are an indie rock band from Atlanta, Ga., that puts more soul and passion into each and every verse of a song than other bands put onto entire CDs. If you ever want to listen to a truly inspirational CD, pick up Manchester Orchestra's "Mean Everything to Nothing."
Robert Stewart Fremont High
Dream venue: Anywhere
Why this artist rocks: I have just recently begun to like One Direction. They are upbeat and happy and make you want to get up and dance. My favorite song is "What Makes You Beautiful." I love it because I think it is a message we all need to hear and believe a bit more. These musicians aren't really different -- that I can tell -- from other boy bands, but they're good.
Lynette Randall Clearfield High
Dream venue: Private concert in a garden
Why this artist rocks: I've been a fan of Rihanna ever since her first album was released in 2005; although I was 10 years old at the time, I remember buying her very first CD, "Music of the Sun." I will never forget the day I really began to fall in love Rihanna's music, when I discovered her album "Loud" on a music playlist on a long plane trip to England. I soon found myself plugging in my headphones to the remote on the handrest that allowed Rihanna's music to flow through smoothly, filling my head with curiosity. Curiosity that was in the form of wonder, as I considered the song titles and listened closely to the words of each song, that seemed to dangle in thought as I compared the meanings to my own life. With her album on repeat, I had memorized most of the songs by the end of the flight, with my favorite, "California King Bed," left ringing subconsciously in the back of my mind.
Ever since then, I've wanted to see Rihanna in concert so I could experience her variety in vocal abilities live in person - !so far, that plan has been an utter failure. I'd love for Rihanna to hold a private concert for my friends and I in an enormous garden filled with colorful flowers. It would be a relaxed and free spiritual vibe; I could not only hear better due to the lack of crazed, screaming, star-shocked fans, but I would also be able to give all of my friends just as wonderful an experience.
Danielle Collier Northridge High
In This Moment
Dream venue: Ogden Amphitheater or South Ogden's Friendship Park, because then I could hear them from my house.
Why this artist rocks: The one band that I would love to see in concert is In This Moment; they are a metal band with a female vocalist. I know that not many people like metal or female singers but I guarantee that you will enjoy this if you're a metal fan. I was introduced to the band through a friend a couple of years back and I have loved them ever since.
Maria Brink, the singer, has mesmerizing vocals and she is gorgeous. The band formed in 2005 and has released three albums: "Beautiful Tragedy," "The Dream" and "A Star-Crossed Wasteland." Brink is probably one of my idols; she has an amazing singing voice and is just awe-inspiring. I also really admire her because she has made it in a genre dominated by male vocalists. If I were in a band, I would want to be like her.
It would be one of the greatest moments of my life just to speak with Maria Brink and watch In This Moment do a concert. They are so creative with their lyrics and their riffs -- this band rules!
Katie Baker Two Rivers High
Dream venue: The Venue in Salt Lake City, or an Irish pub
Why this artist rocks: Flogging Molly is an inspirational band. Their music is not about getting laid or waking up, going downstairs and realizing it's Friday; it's about fighting for freedom, family and a better life. The lead singer Dave King has said, "We're not a traditional band. We are influenced by traditional music and inspired by it, but without a question we put our own twist on it."
This band combines tidbits of history, personal stories and modern-day events into an upbeat unique mix of punk and Celtic music. They are known for following the philosophy of telling a story to their crowd every night through their music. "In Ireland you go to the pub to have a conversation. That's what we do every night on stage, go to the pub and trade stories," King says.
However, the best part about Flogging Molly is their infectious energy. Their albums are great and have even been featured in a couple of movies but this is nothing compared to the chaotic atmosphere of hearing them live. Flogging Molly is simply a band that needs to be seen live to receive the full effect. But a word of caution is necessary for the weak-hearted: Be prepared. Water, a few days to recover from being deaf, an open mind, and a powerful punch (or, if like me, you do not possess this particular attribute, a bodyguard) are only some of the things one needs when they experience this rocking band.
Madison Ostberg Bonneville High
Lady Gaga & David Guetta
Dream venue: A bigger venue such as Energy Solutions Arena; they're both so popular, there would need to be a lot of seats.
Why this artist rocks: Lady Gaga is the most influential person of our time; she is also my favorite artist. Her concerts aren't just a concert, they have a story line to the show and all the songs and stage props fit together to make one big great story. Just being in the same state as her would make me excited!
David Guetta is not only a great DJ but he is also very amazing at keeping the crowd pleased when he talks to them in between songs. He has very catchy beats and I think that someday he is going to be even bigger than he is now. I also love his French accent!
Since these two are two of my favorite artists of today, I would love to see them in concert together because I think they would be amazing in collaboration. With Lady Gaga's catchy lyrics and David Guetta's mind-boggling beats, I can only hope that these two would also do a song together someday.
Austin Miller-Anderson Ben Lomond High