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From the President...       May 4, 2016

Good evening Blues fans!! Finally, the day of reckoning is here!!! I’m talking about the new and stupendous Utah Blues Fest site!! That’s right, an amazing make-over at UtahBluesFest.org! In fact, it’s such a comprehensive overhaul that we’re not even quite done with it– but it’s close enough that we want to debut it with you, the loyal Utah Blues Society blues fan. You’ve asked for it so we wanted to make it available for you so you can start purchasing tickets and help us spread the gospel about the stellar 2nd Annual Utah Blues Festival (UBF) on Saturday, June 18th. Nearly the only complaint we had about last year’s inaugural UBF was the lack of shade. So we listened and moved it downtown to the Gallivan Center, where there is copious shade by way of trees, awnings and buildings. We also knew we needed an imminently bigger home, because the Cultural Celebration Center only holds 2,000 people, and we nearly topped that last year. At the Gallivan Center, we can now expand to 12,000 people - so let’s do this thing! Don't Delay- Early Bird $20 Tickets are available until June 1 at EarlyBirdTICKETS.

The schedule for the Utah Blues Festival will be posted imminently, but for now, at least the order in which they play should be firm. Please surf around the new site page at UtahBluesFest.org and give us your feedback if you think anything is not clear or needs adding or editing. Any suggestions you can make will be welcome at president@UtahBluesSociety.org.

We’re excited that the SLC Marriott Downtown, located right there on-site, is graciously providing us with a limited number of lodging packages. Wouldn’t it be nice to party stress free and be able to walk mere yards away to your room after an incredible Blues Festival high? Well, you can do that for a mere $139, which includes a room and two General Admission tickets! Wow, a room alone at that Marriott is around $200!! Marriott UBF package.

New this year is the Blues Club – which will be located on the second story of the new Gallivan Center building, north side of the property, overlooking the main stage. A most reasonable $60 gets you into the festival; access to the VIP Blues Club’s air conditioned lounge; access to special seating if you want to be up front near the stage; free food and drinks (of all kind); and a commemorative pass and poster! Blues Club/VIP pass.

Finally, the complete overhaul of the UtahBluesSociety.org site will be up VERY soon. It will have a comprehensive membership feature; an online store where you can purchase any of the incredible UBS merchandise by Bruno Designs; offers to purchase discount tickets to blues shows; a place where bands can enter their gigs on our calendar; and much more. Please share the new site links with friends, get your tickets to UBF now, and let’s show SLC we got the blues – in a good way!!!

Remember, sales of Early Bird Discount Tickets to Utah Blues Festival end at midnight on June 1st (just $20 – that’s just $3 per band, not including 2 free workshops!).

... Love Them Blues,

Brian Kelm - UBS President