Rio Grande Concert Series – Free – Thursdays in May at The Gateway

Ugly Boys (The Gateway)
Ugly Boys (The Gateway)
Ugly Boys (The Gateway)

The Gateway, Utah’s premier community gathering, dining and entertainment destination, is proud to announce an all-star lineup for their second annual Rio Grande Concert Series, a free concert series every Thursday night in May, from 7. until 9 p.m. at The Gateway’s main performance stage near the Olympic Fountain. 

National L. A.  based band Cayucas will be kicking off the series on May 2, followed by a mix of high-profile national and local acts playing throughout the five-week series. Doors open at 6 p.m. for concert goers to lay out their blankets, grab a seat and get ready for the show. Food trucks, craft beer and cocktails will be available for purchase. All shows are all-ages and open to the public.

Line Up:

Geographer (Jack Gorlin)
Geographer (Jack Gorlin)

May 2: Cayucas (Headliner) + TBA

May 9: Ugly Boys (Headliner) + Ivouries

May 16: Cub Sport (Headliner) + Divorce Court

May 23: Slothrust (Headliner) + TBA

May 30: Geographer (Headliner)  + TBA

“The Rio Grande revival continues with our second annual concert series, held every Thursday in May,” said Jacklyn Briggs, marketing director for The Gateway. “We’re thrilled to be able to open up The Gateway as a place to hear amazing live music outside with good food, good beverages and a great line-up this year.”

Band Bios:

CAYUCAS: From Santa Monica, California, Cayucas is a bright, indie pop duo whose new album “Real Life” is out in April of this year. Check out their warm-weather evoking singles “Cayucos” and “High School Lover.”

UGLY BOYS: Local indie/funk/pop band Ugly Boys are a super group from northern Utah, formed from members of both Mojave Nomads and Panthermilk. Their debut album “Do You Like Me?” is out now on Spotify.

CUB SPORT: Cub Sport is a four-piece alt-pop band from Brisbane, Australia who’ve released three albums since their debut in 2016. Their self-titled album released this year.

DIVORCE COURT: Divorce Court is a Utah-based electronic artist who creates nostalgic, lo-fi dream pop. Check out his single “Indonesia” on Bandcamp.

SLOTHRUST: Emerging out of Boston, Massachusetts, Slothrust fuses elements of 90’s grunge with a modern twist. Their newest album “The Pact” released last year and made #38 on the US Indie charts.

GEOGRAPHER: Geographer is the moniker for Mike Deni’s American pop-synth band based in San Francisco, CA. Check out his biggest singles “Kites” and “This Is How We Walk on the Moon.”

About The Gateway:

The Gateway is a 1.4 million square foot lifestyle destination in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake City. Owned and managed by Vestar, the property is in the midst of a $100 million redevelopment—infusing retail and dining, entertainment, modern office space, arts and culture, a boutique hotel, and a full calendar of community-driven events.

About Vestar:

As one of the leading privately held real estate companies in the United States, Vestar acquires, develops and manages shopping and entertainment destinations that serve as community focal points. Since its inception in 1989, Vestar has earned a reputation for integrity and responsibility in the fields of retail property development, operations, leasing and marketing. Vestar’s current portfolio of retail properties totals 30 million square feet throughout the western states. For more information, please visit

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.