Cedar Music Fest bringing in Western artists

By Kelsey Keener


CEDAR CITY–The Cedar Music Fest, scheduled for Sept. 15, will feature two bands from Seattle, Wash., and two bands from southern Utah.

Seattle singer and songwriter Bryan John Appleby and his band spent time touring with The Head and the Heart after the release his debut album: Fire on the Vine. Appleby’s latest album, The Narrow Valley, was released in 2015 and described as something that allows listeners to break away from what contributes to the typical Seattle sound.

Also from Seattle is the band Tomten. The band’s first album was released in 2012 and titled Wednesday’s Children. Tomten has played at several music festivals in the Pacific Northwest and the band’s sound is considered a mix of baroque and pop.

Kinetic band members Tyler Farling, who currently lives in Cedar City, Aaron Stawser and Nate Strawser have been playing music with an indie-rock sound together for many years. With drummer Landry Watson, Kinetic released an album called Where We Left Off.

Halogyns is a band from St. George and are currently raising the funds to produce their first album. Halogyns has an alternative rock sound and uses lyrics dealing with life and overcoming depression.

These four bands will be performing during the Cedar Music Fest next month. For information on becoming a sponsor for the festival, contact Jessica Burr at jessicaburr@suu.edu. Anyone interested in participating in the festival as a performer or vendor can contact Maree Beach for more information at bewise@suu.edu.

Photo: Halogyns.

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