Make Dixie Your Summer Destination
by Jyl Hall
Hosting events ranging from awe-inspiring city-wide celebrations to concerts performed under stunning sandstone cliffs, Dixie State University, DSU, is making this summer one to remember.
In recognition that its motto, Active Learning. Active Life. is a lifestyle as well as an educational philosophy, DSU is proud to offer enriching life experiences, and is thrilled to welcome the entire community onto campus this summer.
As part of the city of St. George’s Independence Day observance, DSU will host the 99.9 Kony Country Fourth of July Celebration. Featuring Diamond Rio and Sawyer Brown live in concert, the spectacular will conclude with the biggest fireworks show in southern Utah. The celebration will take place in DSUs Legend Solar Stadium, and gates will open at 5 pm with the concert beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For ticket information, visit 999konycountry.com.
The festivities continue on July 24 when DSU hosts theatrical representation of the westward trek, The Pioneer Legacy Celebration, written and produced by the world-renowned singer and songwriter, Merrill Osmond. Set to start at 6:30 pm at Legend Solar Stadium, admission is open and free.
The Fourth of July and Pioneer Legacy celebrations are the first of a number of events that will be held at Legend Solar Stadium, which boasts a recently resurfaced track and football field. Groundbreaking for an eastside grandstand that will increase the stadium’s seating capacity to ten thousand is set for August. The structure, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018, will become southern Utah’s premier hub for large-scale events by hosting NCAA Division II tournaments, high school
state tournaments, larger high school marching band competitions, and the Huntsman World Senior Games events.
Trailblazers Summer Concert Series
All summer long, the Trailblazers Summer Concert Series will offer a variety of musical performances at the breathtakingly beautiful O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, located at the gateway of Zion National Park. With stars hanging in the deep blue velvet sky as lively music wafts around them, audiences are in for a treat. The music will surely beg them to tap their feet to the beat.
Celebrating rock music, the series’ Rock Fest will be led by electronic folk pop band, The National Parks on July 8. Based in Provo, the group has toured nationwide and will be joined at Rock Fest by local favorite Many Miles, who will share their infectious grooves and melodies with the audience.
After its debut last summer, Sanctuary: The Story of Zion will return to the Tanner stage on July 22. The musical celebration tells the story of the people, projects, and passions that made Zion the destination it is today.
On August 4, the Trailblazers Summer Concert Series will go country when it hosts Collin Raye. A hitmaker in the 90s who had twenty-four Top 10 records and sixteen No. 1 hits, Raye continues to release heartfelt material teeming with his signature honesty and richness.
The O. C. Tanner Amphitheater will welcome classically trained tenor, Nathan Pacheco on August 11. A BYU graduate, Pacheco will be accompanied by the Lyceum Orchestra, which has been named Utah’s Best Youth Performing Ensemble for the past seven years.
The renowned Utah Symphony will launch their Great American Road Trip on August 29 at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, which was built more than forty years ago to provide a beautiful venue at which the symphony could perform in southern Utah. Tickets are required for entrance, but will be free. They are available through the DSU box office, located in the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center on the main campus.
The series continues through the end of September with the Zion Matrix festival on September 9 and will close with the Zion Canyon Music Festival on September 29-30. The O.C. Tanner Amphitheater is located at 350 W. Lion Blvd. in Springdale. Concert tickets range from $15 to $35, and more information about each show is available at www.octannershows.com.
Coming Up This Fall
Collegiate football is synonymous with fall, and you will not want to miss the opportunity to cheer on the Dixie State Trailblazers. The home season kicks off at 6 pm on September 16 as DSU takes on Black Hills State. Tickets are $7 to $10 and a full schedule of games is available at dixiestateathletics.com.
Held on the DSU campus, the DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival is another fall staple in southern Utah. Residents will want to mark their calendars for September 4-9, when DOCUTAH will screen fascinating documentaries created all around the world.
Leading up to the annual festival, the monthly series, DOCUTAH@TheElectric screens films on the last Friday of each month at 7 pm in the historic Electric Theater, located in downtown St. George at 68 E. Tabernacle St. Tickets are $10 and are available at docutah.com.
This summer, the series will host Director, Greg Whiteley when his film New York Doll is screened on July 28. The documentary tells of glam-rock-punk band, New York Dolls’ meteoric rise, drug-and-alcohol-riddled demise, and attempt at a surprise comeback.
In the final event before the festival, The Atomic Cafe will be screened on August 25. Largely drawing from government propaganda and training films for American soldiers, the documentary features Cold War-era clips filled with misinformation. Co-director Jayne Loader will host a Q&A after the screening.
In other arts events, the Celebrity Concert Series will launch for the 2017-18 academic year in October. Featuring twelve concerts, the series includes everything from country, folk, doo-wop, big band, and chamber music, to acrobatics and ballet. See the full lineup of performances at celebrityconcertseries.com.
With so much going on this summer and fall, there is a way for everyone to experience Dixie State University’s unique brand of Active Learning. Active Life.