OGDEN — Yes, yes. We know that Jared Allen, founder of the wildly popular Ogden Twilight concert series, will be announcing the 2019 lineup on Friday.
But frankly, we just couldn’t wait that long.
So instead, we approached the hippest, dopest, grooviest people we know here in the newsroom and asked them one simple question: “If you were Jared Allen for a day, what three artists would you bring to the 2019 Ogden Twilight concert series?” Here's their concert wish list ...
— Mark Saal, GO! Editor
Dan Auerbach/The Black Keys
Reporter Jacob Scholl is well aware that it's been a few years since The Black Keys have gone on tour, and that Dan Auerbach has no tour dates on his schedule so far this year. But the band's drummer Patrick Carney stopped by Ogden to perform with his wife, Michelle Branch, in 2017. So having Auerbach or the duo together would be a cool follow-up and quite the treat for Ogden.
• Foster the People — Another moonshot, but even after seeing them once a few years ago, I'm convinced they put on the best concert I've ever seen.
• The Lumineers — The indie folk superstars have a pretty open tour schedule this summer, and I can only dream they stop in Ogden.
-- Jacob Scholl, reporter
Billie Eilish's "you should see me in a crown" was city editor Jessica Kokesh's favorite lady empowerment jam from 2018. Her moody vocals fit in well with Ogden Twilight alums Pale Waves and CHVRCHES.
• Lizzo — To quote the lady herself, Lizzo is "100 percent that bitch." This Minneapolis-based rapper and singer is fun, fresh and can play a mean tune on the flute. Check out tracks "Good As Hell," "Fitness" and "Juice" for a sample of Lizzo's greatness.
• Sara Bareilles — Sara Bareilles is a fantastic live performer and would be a perfect addition to Ogden Twilight. Try not to feel all the emotions ever while listening to "Gravity." Or "Manhattan." Or "Breathe Again." You get the picture.
-- Jessica Kokesh, city editor
Page designer Amanda Johnson says that nothing's more Gen X than an album called "New Miserable Experience" from a band that is not all that grunge. "I love The Gin Blossoms as much as I did cruising around in my Ford Ranger pickup truck with my newly minted driver's license."
Her other picks include:
• Avett Brothers — I like to call my taste in music eclectic and this band epitomizes that. A curated blend of Southern rock, blues, country, classical upright bass licks, bluegrass, indie -- basically everything you want to hear. They put on a high-energy show that is full of soul.
• Tori Amos — Tori spoke to so many of us women coming of age in the '90s. Her songs spoke of feminist issues and made us cry with sadness and anger. So many of us Gen Xers learned to be activists without being in your face from Tori.
-- Amanda Johnson, page designer
Reporter Mitch Shaw may have slightly misunderstood our question, as his reply was prefaced with the disclaimer, “Here is my wishlist of musical acts I'd like to see naked.” But we suspect these bands would make his fully clothed wishlist, too:
• The Strokes — Favorite band and I've seen them play four or five times, but it would be sweet to see them in my hometown. Maybe instead of staying at a hotel, they could stay in my basement.
• Van Morrison — Because he's God to me.
• Pixies — I've always wanted to see them play, but for some reason haven't. At this point — as an old man with two small children — the only realistic opportunity to see them would be if they came to Ogden.
-- Mitch Shaw, reporter
Reporter Mark Shenefelt enjoys the foot stomping, rocking blues guitar of Joe Bonamassa and his fantastic band. Here are two other artists he'd like to see:
• Gary Clark Jr. — See above. Heavier guitar, and still great blues.
• Greta Van Fleet — Reminiscent of Led Zeppelin. Nothing wrong with that.
-- Mark Shenefelt, reporter
Reporter Megan Olsen is another staffer who'd love to see Sara Bareilles rock the Ogden Twilight stage.
"Beautiful alto voice. Writes her own music. Plays the piano. What more could you want?" she writes. She'd also like to see...
• The Fray — I almost had to pull over to the side of the road when I first heard "How to Save a Life" on the radio.
• Matchbox Twenty — Nostalgia. Their album "More Than You Think You Are" got me through the ups and downs of college.
-- Megan Olsen, reporter
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Everyone's got to have an improbable pick for Ogden Twilight, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers is Ryan Christner's.
"One of my bucket-list bands, and at well past 50, they're still making incredible music," he writes. Christner's other choices include:
• The Dear Misses — Lawrence, Kansas-based band made up of several old high school acquaintances ... and they're genuinely awesome!
• William Ryan Key — Former frontman for Yellowcard. Since I never got to see them in person before they called it quits, this would be the next best thing.
-- Ryan Christner, page designer
Son Lux is just obscure enough to appeal to the everyday concert-goer, but not quite enough to pack a crowd in like sardines in a can, writes page designer Jonah Napoli. His other picks for Ogden Twilight are:
• Algiers — Their dark soul sound reverberates long after the last note is hit.
• Sasha Sloan — She killed it at the Bonanza Campout last year, and I selfishly just want to see her again.
Photographer Ben Dorger thinks the Alabama Shakes would "blow Twilight up" and that "Southern vibes go a long way." He'd also like to see...
• The Black Keys — Haven't seen them and always wanted to. Twilight needs a little more rock and roll. It was very electronic last year.
• Eilen Jewell — I heart her voice and Ogden needs more blues in the summertime.
-- Ben Dorger, photographer
Leslie Odom Jr.
"The Avett Brothers frequent smaller, outdoor Salt Lake City venues so why not Ogden?" executive editor Jordan Carroll wonders.
• Chris Stapleton — Need I say more?
• Leslie Odom Jr. — I’d listen to Leslie Odom Jr.’s voice anywhere — think “Hamilton” — in a theater, outdoor stage or even if he was a telemarketer.
-- Jordan Carroll, executive editor
Iron & Wine
Iron & Wine's Sam Beam creates achingly beautiful tunes with deeply poetic lyrics, Mark Saal writes. He'd also like these artists to take the stage:
• Chris Stapleton — With his voice, I'd pay to hear this guy sing the phone book.
• Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit — Just how cool is Isbell? He and singer-songwriter Amanda Shires were married by none other than Todd Snider. Oh, and his music is the bomb. (Are kids still saying that these days?)
-- Mark Saal, GO! editor