Pick a musical style — bluegrass, rock, funk, reggae, soul, folk, blues, R&B, country, jazz — and one of the headlining acts at the 2019 Utah Arts Festival probably mixes at least two of them.
The annual summer festival, spotlighting visual and performance art of all varieties for all ages, is set for June 20-23 at Library Square and Washington Square in downtown Salt Lake City.
Here are the headliners, in order of appearance:
The Slackers • Self-billed as “Jamaican rock ’n’ roll,” this band has been touring for more than 28 years with its blend of ska, reggae and soul. Thursday, June 20, 9:45 p.m., Amphitheater Stage.
The Steel Woods • This Nashville-based double-guitar band performs southern blues-rock with hints of R&B, country, bluegrass, gospel, blues, folk and metal. Friday, June 21, 9:30 p.m., Festival Stage.
Caroline Rose • This indie-pop singer, guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter shatters genres with serious songs and a wicked sense of humor. Friday, June 21, 9:45 p.m., Amphitheater Stage.
Christine Lavin • A New York-based singer-songwriter, Lavin has performed and promoted contemporary folk for nearly four decades. Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m., Festival Stage.
Head for the Hills • Hailing from Fort Collins, Colo., this string band plays bluegrass with strains of modern genres, including Americana, jazz, indie-rock and hip-hop. Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m., Amphitheater Stage.
Hot Buttered Rum • Bay Area progressive bluegrass quintet, weaving in folk, jazz and soul. Saturday, June 22, 9:45 p.m., Amphitheater Stage.
MarchFourth • Based in Portland, Ore., this funk/rock/jazz group (formerly known as MarchFourth Marching Band) is famed for its raucous, circuslike stage show. Sunday, June 23, 9:45 p.m., Amphitheater Stage.
Two ticket deals are available for the event. One, the “Grab Your Friends and Go” package, offers tickets for $11.25 (a 25% discount from the individual $15 ticket) if you buy four or more. The other, the “Get ‘em Outta the House Pack,” offers two individual tickets for $27, plus four soft-drink vouchers and unlimited free tickets for kids 12 and younger. Those ticket deals are available online at uaf.org/2019tixpromo.