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Concerts, Theater Plays, and Other Musical Events in Utah County 2024

By Katerina Gasset

As a proud resident of Provo in the heart of Utah County, I've witnessed firsthand the vibrant and diverse music scene that thrives here. From the echoing halls of live concerts to the intimate settings of theater plays, and the myriad of other musical events that dot our calendar, Utah County is a hub of cultural and musical richness waiting to be explored.

In 2024, this tradition of musical excellence continues with an array of events that promise to entertain, inspire, and unite us through the universal language of music.

This blog post is your all-access pass to the best of Utah County's music scene in 2024. I'll take you through a carefully curated list of not-to-miss music-related events happening in and near Provo.

Additionally, I'll delve into the roots of Utah's music culture and history, offering insights into how our community has become a beacon for performers and music lovers alike.

Whether you're a local or planning a visit, join me as we celebrate the power of music to bring people together, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Welcome to the musical heartbeat of Utah County.

History of Music in Utah County

Utah County has a rich tapestry of musical traditions and is home to a variety of musical genres, from the folk songs of early settlers to the vibrant indie and pop scenes that flourish today. 

The early music scene in Utah County was marked by the folk traditions brought by Mormon pioneers in the 19th century. These settlers brought with them a rich heritage of Scandinavian and British tunes, ballads, and hymns, which they adapted to reflect their own experiences and spiritual convictions. This foundation set the stage for a musical evolution that has seen Utah County become a nurturing ground for talent across the spectrum of musical expression.

In more recent years, Provo has emerged as a hotspot for indie and alternative music, with bands like Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees finding their initial footing in local venues before achieving international acclaim.

This rich history not only provides a backdrop for the musical events you'll find listed in this blog post but also highlights the deep cultural significance of music in our community.

Utah's music culture is further enriched by the influence of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, a world-famous group that exemplifies the state's rich choral tradition. With over 300 members, the choir's performances are a testament to Utah's enduring love for music and its power to unite and inspire.

In sharing this history, I invite you to explore not just the concerts, theater plays, and other musical events that 2024 has to offer in Utah County, but also to appreciate the deep musical roots that make our local scene so vibrant and diverse.

Where to Watch Live Performances and Music Events in Utah County

Provo, the city I call home, is undeniably the music mecca of Utah County. It's where most bands start their journey and where many touring artists choose as their home base.

Living here has given me a front-row seat to the eclectic and vibrant live music scene that thrives in this part of Utah.

From intimate acoustic sessions to grand symphonic performances, there's a venue for every type of music lover here.

Here's a list of the top musical event venues in Utah County that promise an unforgettable live music experience:

  1. Velour Live Music Gallery: Known for launching the careers of notable bands, Velour is the heart of Provo's indie music scene, offering a mix of up-and-coming and established acts.
  2. The Rooftop Concert Series: This seasonal outdoor concert series brings the community together under the stars, featuring local bands and artists in the heart of downtown Provo.
  3. Brigham Young University: BYU's School of Music hosts a plethora of concerts and recitals throughout the year, ranging from student performances to visiting artists, across genres from classical to jazz.
  4. Covey Center for the Arts: A cornerstone for performing arts in Provo, offering a diverse lineup of concerts, plays, and cultural events.
  5. Muse Music Cafe: While smaller in size, Muse Music Cafe is big in personality, showcasing local bands and solo artists in an intimate setting.
  6. Provo City Library at Academy Square: Not just for books, the library hosts occasional concerts in its beautiful ballroom, featuring classical and contemporary musicians.
  7. Utah Valley University: UVU presents a variety of musical performances through its School of the Arts, including concerts by the UVU Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir.

Each of these venues contributes to the rich tapestry of Utah County's music scene, offering experiences that resonate with the soul and bring our community closer through the universal language of music. 

Famous Musicians from Utah County

Some of the known talents in the country today actually started their journey here in Utah County before they gained the widespread acclaim they deserved.

Among the luminaries from Utah County:

  • Neon Trees: Energizing alt-rock band from Provo, known for their hit "Animal."
  • Fictionist: Provo's own alt-rock band celebrated for their inventive sound.
  • The Moth & The Flame: Another Provo-based group, known for their unique alt-rock vibe.
  • The National Parks: Indie-folk band from Provo, appreciated for their heartfelt music.
  • Imagine Dragons - A standout story is that of Imagine Dragons, an iconic band that originated right here in Provo. They're not just any band; their journey began while attending BYU, making their mark initially through local performances.

    Imagine Dragons has become synonymous with electrifying rock music, blending emotional depth with catchy melodies in hits like "Radioactive." Their roots in Provo and connection to BYU are a testament to the creative incubator our city has become for musicians, sparking inspiration far beyond our local venues.

Live Performances and Musical Events in and near Provo Utah

Concerts and Tours

Theater Productions

Music Festivals

Open Mic Nights

Symphony and Orchestra Performances

Choir and Vocal Group Shows

Jazz and Blues Nights

Rock and Pop Events

Folk and Country Music Gigs

Electronic and Dance Music Parties


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About the author of Move to Provo Utah Website 

Katerina Gasset

When I moved here I was blessed to have my daughter to help with different things you need to know when you move to a new place. I had background from living here before but things have changed a lot too since the '80s. 

We were able to get all the good places to eat down fast - since she knows all that and we have a lot of the same likes in food. But things like how to turn on my electricity or what power company services my home... well... I was at a total loss! 

I know that other people moving to Provo don't always have family here to guide and help them. And most people don't have a real estate agent who gives them a welcome package on all the important numbers and places they need to know. 

My goal is for this website to be your go to resource for everything you need to know before, during, and after you move here to Provo, Utah. I want you to have the best experience and love living here as much as I do

Author Katerina Gasset - photo of me the author