SALT LAKE CITY— You don’t have to trek all the way up to Park City to hear some of the music of Sundance.
Visit Salt Lake is bringing some of Sundance Film Festival’s nightlife down the mountain with the Salt Lake Festival Cafe, coming to the Sicilia Pizza Kitchen Jan. 20-28. Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, and 8:30 p.m. every other night, the cafe will offer free live music every night from a variety of up-and-coming local and national bands.
The cafe is one of only two official music venues for this year’s festival, and the only one that doesn’t require a festival pass of some kind to get in. It will run until 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, until 11 p.m. on Thursday, and until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The hours are designed to work around the festival’s Salt Lake screenings, with those attending the 6 p.m. screenings having someplace they can go after and those attending the late screenings having someplace they can go before (if you have tickets for a 9 p.m. screening, you may want to wait until Friday or Saturday).
The first concert, on Jan. 20, will be by Orphans Cabaret, a dark/steampunk-style cabaret. The Jan. 21 concert will be Juana Ghani, who describe themselves as a “gypsy cirque rock experience.” Smith & Wiley Blues Duo will play both Sunday, Jan. 22, and Monday, Jan. 23, while the acoustic gypsy jazz group Red Rock Hot Club will play Jan. 24.
The Salt Lake City-based bluegrass group Pixie and the Party Boys will serenade the Sundance crowd on Jan. 25. Katya Murafa, a solo performer who describes her style as “gypsy trip-hop,” will take over the café stage Jan. 26, while the acoustic classic rock group the B.D. Howes Band will perform Jan. 27.
The last concert of the session, set for Jan. 28, will be the indie folk duo Witherward. Founded in Nashville, Tenn., the group has released 4 CDs.
The Sicilia Pizza Kitchen is located at 35 W. Broadway (300 South) in Salt Lake. For a map and more information about the restaurant, visit siciliapizza.net/Location.html. All of the groups have either Facebook pages or official sites that can be found by Googling the band’s name.