Sacrificing live entertainment for a tight budget is not necessary this July with ten concerts under $10.
Provo offers plenty of opportunities to experience quality shows for cheap prices. Rachelle Price, pre-nursing major from American Fork, said that she would not pay more than five to six dollars for a local show.
“If they were more affordable for college students, I would go to concerts all the time,” Price said.
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With such a prominent music community in Provo, BYU students have opportunities to attend free or cheap concerts all summer. See ten options below for the cost of ten or under in July:
July 6 – Rooftop Concert Series is featuring “The Songs of Tom Petty.” They host different musicians every first Friday in downtown Provo. Shows start at 8 p.m. with a pre-show at 7 p.m.
Justin Hackworth, co-founder of Rooftop Concert Series, said he hopes for the community to support local music and to make concerts a priority.
“It’s important because you vote with your money, it says that we care about art and that we care about culture,” Hackworth said. “When you go to Rooftop Concerts it is saying, ‘we want the city to have cultural events.’”
This concert series parallels The Beatles‘ final concert which was on a rooftop in London. It creates a similar atmosphere to hear music.
“People come to the Rooftop Concerts because it’s a fun thing to do.” Hackworth said. “Summertime is a great time to be outside when you get to see concerts outside and see the beautiful mountain backdrop.”
July 10 – Roll-Out Crepes hosts open-mic night on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The restaurant offers a free crepe for courageous individuals who sign up online and perform three songs that evening.
July 10 – Sacred Harp Singings are held every second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, located at 50 West 200 North Provo.
July 11 – Students won’t need to leave campus to see “Acoustic Explosion,” a free monthly show displaying the talent of fellow students. The show will start at 7 p.m. at Lee Lane, the lawn between the WSC and the HFAC.
July 12, July 19, July 26 – The Twilight Concert Series is for those looking for larger-scale concerts. The Salt Lake City Arts Council hosts big indie names every Thursday after 5 p.m. at Pioneer Park from July 5 to August 30.
Each ticket costs five dollars for bands such as Iron and Wine, Passion Pit, and M. Ward. This concert series offers a rare opportunity to see these bands for at least half of their normal price.
July 27 – On Fridays and Mondays the Shops at the Riverwoods host a “Night at the Gazebo,” The Headlights will perform on Friday, July 27 at 8:30 p.m.
July 27, July 28 – Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. The Shops at the Riverwoods finish their “Rock the River” battle of the bands series. For their full competition schedule, see their Facebook event (see link at http://tinyurl.com/7ywa7do)
Student Activities Coordinator for Acoustic Explosion, Steven Fortney, said he hopes students take advantage of local music in Provo.
“Provo is one of the best scenes in Utah,” Fortney said. “A lot of big bands get a start here, and you never know when you’ll see the next Neon Trees or Imagine Dragons here at BYU.”