LAYTON — David Archuleta is back to celebrate Christmas with Davis County.
After two sold-out September concerts, Archuleta is coming back to Layton for the Davis Arts Council’s 2015 DAC The Halls concerts, set for 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the Layton High School auditorium. Tickets for both concerts go on sale Nov. 17 starting at 10 a.m.
“This is our sixth year for DAC The Halls, and it’s a big one,” said Davis Arts Council Executive Director Kirt Bateman. “We’ve got one of the most requested artists of all time coming back after a great big, huge summer event.”
Archuleta last performed in Layton as part of the arts council’s Summer Nights With the Stars concert series, performing two sold-out shows on Sept. 19 and 21. Though there had initially been only one concert planned, popular demand led to the second performance.
The story behind these two additional concerts, however, is more complicated. Normally, the arts council’s holiday concert has only an evening performance that focuses on a Utah-based performer. Organizers had originally been planning on following that same format for this year’s show, but a request from Archuleta himself changed things.
“He was really sick while he was here for the Sept. 19 concert,” said Bateman. “He was running a fever, and though he went out onstage anyway he felt like he wasn’t giving the kind
of performance to fans he felt like he was capable of giving.”
During a break in the concert, Bateman said that Archuleta came and found him.
“Before the concert was even over, he ran backstage and asked if he could come back,” he said, adding that Archuleta also requested that those who were at the Sept. 19 concert be given a discount on the later performance.
Bateman suggested the arts council’s upcoming holiday concert, which hadn’t yet been booked. The matinee performance was added, both to accommodate those who weren’t at the Sept. 19 concert and in response to Archuleta’s popularity.
Though Bateman said that Archuleta was satisfied with his performance at the Sept. 21 concert, the singer was still determined to do the holiday concerts. Bateman said that the gesture impressed him deeply.
“I just thought it was super classy of him,” he said. “He didn’t have to do that. It was just an incredibly huge, savvy and kind decision he made right off the bat. I was just blown away by the level of integrity he showed. It just made a huge impression on me.”
Tickets are between $20 and $60, with the lowest-priced tickets available for seniors and children. Starting Nov. 17, tickets will be available online at tickets.davisarts.org, by phone at 801-546-8575 or in person at the Davis Arts Council offices, located at 445 N. Wasatch Drive in Layton. Layton High School is located at 440 N. Wasatch Drive in Layton, across the street from the arts council offices.