Art Scene Selections: Sept. 2-9
Ogden Music Festival 2021
The beloved summer celebration of music is back at Ogden’s beautiful Fort Buenaventura over the holiday weekend. Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music (OFOAM) is excited for another year of traditional Americana and bluegrass music “and a good dose of soul and mariachi” at Ogden Music Festival 2021. OFOAM welcomes all whether it’s for a day or weekend camping, for food trucks, Roosters Brewing, art vendors, workshops and hours of some of the hottest award-winning music in the industry: The Brothers Comatose, Dustbowl Revival, Town Mountain, Mile Twelve, Sierra Ferrell, The McCrary Sisters, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys and more. Ogden’s own The Proper Way and Mariachi de La Esperanza from West Valley perform Sunday. Kids are free (16 and under) and will stay entertained with the instrument petting zoo, arts and crafts, and parades. Volunteers can still sign up for free entry, new friends and a chance to join the Ogden music community. Bring your blankets and chairs, and get ready to dance the day away among the trees and into the starry night sky.
Friday through Sunday; Fort Buenaventura, 2450 A Ave.; $45 per day (online)/$50 at gate/$25 Sunday, $85 three-day pass (pre-sale)/$95 (online)/$100 at gate, $125 three-day pass plus camping (online)/$130 at gate; ofoam.org.
NEXT Ensemble presents Gather Hear Utah in Ogden
Boston-based international concert pianist Miki Sawada is touring across Utah with her piano in tow from now through Sept. 18 as part of the Gather Hear Tour, and Ogden is one of the stops, presented by NEXT Ensemble — this Friday during First Friday Art Stroll. Sawada created the Gather Hear Tour after the 2016 election as a way to use classical music to inspire more human connection across political and socioeconomic divides. Her mission is to perform in all 50 states, outside of the concert halls and into local community gathering spaces, both urban and rural.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.; PLATFORMS, 490 25th St.; free; facebook.com/nextensemble.
Open Studio Night + Van Sessions
Open Studio Night at The Monarch is the biggest party in town every First Friday with live music, food, hands-on art, workshops, exhibits and a chance to walk through over 40 creative studios. The September lineup includes:
- Van Sessions with Yudi Ko (7 p.m.) and Standards & Substandards (8 p.m.)
- “The King’s Mouth” exhibit (Wayne Coyne, The Flaming Lips) at OCA
- Gather Hear Utah, free outdoor concert at OCA’s PLATFORMS, 7:30 p.m.
- Art Box: new fall gifts, candle making and featured artist Mark Goodson
Friday, 6-9 p.m.; The Monarch, 455 25th St.; free; facebook.com/TheMonarchOgden.
EAC Summer Art Fair
Stroll by Eccles Art Center this Saturday for the huge artist celebration that started last year during the pandemic to support local artists and performers. Every Saturday brings a new array of over 60 artist booths and musicians on two performance stages to the beautiful outdoor grounds of the historic Victorian mansion. There are also art exhibits open inside the Main and Carriage House galleries, and hands-on arts projects for kids.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Eccles Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave.; free; ogden4arts.org.
Ogden Twilight Festival Weekend: Spoon / Noah Cyrus
The electrifying Ogden Twilight 2021 continues this Friday and Saturday with established indie rock artist Spoon and Nicole Atkins, and one of the hottest up-and-coming pop artists, Noah Cyrus, with Ant Clemens supporting. New this year is full bar service — beer, wine and cocktails inside the venue — curtailing long beer cash-only lines. Grab dinner and shop around from various food trucks and vendors, and expect incredible performances and big energy. The official Ogden Twilight after-parties to be held at nearby bars Alleged and Unspoken.
Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.); Ogden Amphitheater, 343 E. 25th St.; $10; facebook.com/ogdentwilight.
Wigs & Brunch
The Only Sequoia is in town again! Every first Sunday at WB’s Eatery for Wigs & Brunch, the gritty NYC-style comedic drag show arrives — and it’s the perfect compliment to your French Toast Sando and a Gin Blossom. This Sunday at 11 a.m., meet Sequoia and her guest Queens at the Wigs & Brunch live show. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for brunch and drinks, with showtimes at noon and 1 p.m. Pop in, enjoy the outdoor patio and discover the lifestyle of high glam comedy, killer bites and handcrafted cocktails. Get there early! This popular event fills up fast.
Sunday, noon and 1 p.m.; WB’s Eatery, 455 25th St.; free; wbseatery.com.
Oasis Summer Nights
Every Sunday evening in September, the Junior League of Ogden presents a family-friendly gathering of live music, art and food at the beautiful Oasis Community Garden. All are welcome at the four-week series of free and friendly community events. Load up on artisan goods from a variety of vendors, grab some delicious grub at the food trucks, throw down a blanket or chair, and enjoy live tunes from local musicians in a lush garden setting.
Sunday, 4-6 p.m.; Oasis Community Garden, 2445 Monroe Blvd.; free; juniorleagueogden.org.