Get ready for what organizers are calling the biggest musical event ever to hit Brigham City.
The inaugural Brigham City Summer Music Festival will be held this Saturday, June 15, with a full day of rock, pop, jazz, country and more. Headliner will be ’70s pop group Little River Band, with special guest the Utah-based Bread tribute band Toast.
The festival begins at 10 a.m. at Watkins Park, 600 W. Forest St., in Brigham City.
“This is the first time we’ve done a big music festival like this in Brigham City,” said festival organizer Bob Cosgrove. “Brigham City has never done this before.”
Cosgrove said the idea for this new music festival came from a conversation he had with Brigham City Mayor Tyler Vincent.
“He said he was jealous that all these big bands were missing us and going to places like Layton and Ogden,” Cosgrove recalled. “I said, ‘Tell me who you want, and I’ll get them here.’”
Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. the concerts at the festival are free. Scheduled performers are:
• 10 a.m. — Proclaim, a contemporary Christian band that performs in country, rock, pop, classical and new age styles.
• 11:15 a.m. — Vintage Vixens, a retro jazz vocal trio performing originals and covers of jazz standards from the 1940s and beyond.
• 12:30 p.m. — Superintendents of Rock, old-time rock with a dash of pop-country.
• 1:45 p.m. — Josie Payne, original acoustic music and pop covers.
• 3 p.m. — Vision, playing classic rock from the 1970s and ’80s.
Then, at 4 p.m., the park will close to get ready for the evening’s bands. At 5 p.m. the park re-opens, but admittance is by ticket only.
Toast will take the stage at 6 p.m., followed by Little River Band at 8 p.m.
“Between Toast and Little River Band, every song played by these two bands will have been on the radio,” Cosgrove said. “The audience will really relate to the Bread music, and relate to the Little River Band songs.”
Toast plays spot-on recreations of popular Bread songs like “Make It With You,” “Baby I’m a Want You,” Diary” and “It Don’t Matter to Me.” Little River Band will play the hits that made them a household word in the late ’70s and early ’80s — “Lonesome Loser,” “Lady,” “Help is On the Way,” “Cool Change,” “Reminiscing,” “Take it Easy on Me” and more.
For the evening show, general admission seating on the grass (bring a lawn chair or blanket) is $35. VIP seating is $65. Tickets are available through www.smithstix.com.
Cosgrove says that price is a deal, and he invites locals to support the festival in its first year.
“If you were to go to Salt Lake to see a concert, with gas and food you’d be paying a lot more,” he said.
Little River Band is the biggest musical name that’s ever performed in Brigham City, according to Cosgrove. And if all goes well, it won’t be the last.
“If this is successful, I’m negotiating with Styx, Kansas, America — we’ll keep going with it,” he said.
A few vendor booths, a beer garden and a large selection of food trucks will also be on hand at the festival.
“We’ll have 15 food trucks, which for Brigham City is big,” Cosgrove said. “We’ve never had more than two or three food trucks at any one event.”
No coolers or backpacks will be allowed.
The festival will also host a 5K fundraising race at 9 a.m., as well as soap box derby car races from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“There’ll be a lot going on,” Cosgrove says.