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Letter: Rocking for a cause — Utah’s rich tradition of concerts that give back

By Staff | Aug 25, 2023

The mountains and deserts of Utah have been inspiring musical artists for generations. From the Osmonds to Imagine Dragons, the vibrant local music scene has given rise to many successful singers and bands.

Why not channel that talent, plus the goodwill of Utah fans, to make an impact? This season showcases a handful of festivals which use their platform to enrich the lives of the audience and fundraise for charity in the process. Here are just a few options coming up soon or recently passed:

Wasatch Boomerfest

Hosted by the Richard W. Erickson Foundation, Wasatch Boomerfest takes place on the grounds of the Antique and Classic Power Museum each summer. The two-day event features local bands, food trucks and museum access. The all-ages festival donates proceeds to Continue Mission, which serves veterans and their families.

This year’s Boomerfest is August 25th-26th. Get tickets at the Boomerfest website.

Utah Live Concerts–Come Together Rock Festival and Here Comes the Sun Festival

The Utah Live Concerts Foundation was created in 2019 to provide the community with quality, family-friendly entertainment and allow local musicians to perform. The foundation produces two shows each summer, both benefiting the Red Cross.

The Come Together Rock Festival in Orem, and The Here Comes the Sun Rock Festival in Payson each last for two days and feature local favorites like Moe Low, Seasoned Amnesia and Denovo. The festivals also give the stage to several youth bands. Events are free and open to the public.

Find more information at the Utah Live Concerts website.

Ride to be Alive

The Ride to be Alive is a motorcycle ride plus concert put on by Liberty James, an organization working to provide support to heroes, including veterans, first responders and others.

Bikers and music fans alike can participate in the 2.5 hour ride and concert, which begins at 1:00 pm at American Legion Post 112. Ticket sales benefit the Honor 265 organization, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of veterans and first responders. Tickets are available at the Ride to Be Alive page.

Russell Baker, chairman of the Richard W. Erickson Foundation


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