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Utah is well-known for its rust red rock formations and the Moab Music Festival in Utah, left, takes full advantage of this natural setting — sandstone makes for some impressive acoustics. The festival offers intimate concert experiences with jazz, Latin and world music performances happening among the rocky outcrops and caverns.
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You may have been to some fine musical venues in your lifetime, but until you’ve had sandstone walls serve as your acoustics, you haven’t lived.
Making the most of its natural surroundings, the Moab Music Festival proudly sets up shop in various outdoor and indoor venues in Utah’s Colorado Plateau for a multi-day fest of piano concerts, family shows and musical hikes. But while names like Bela Fleck stand out on this year’s calendar, truthfully speaking, it’s the red-rock cliffs surrounding the stages that are the real stars.
Nature provides acoustics at Moab Music Festival
Moab Music Festival - Event of the Month
The Moab Music Festival, founded in 1992, uses the tag line "music in concert with the landscape". That's no idle boast. Many of the concerts are set amidst the vast wilderness of the nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Using the natural acoustics of rock formations, the festival offers a range of chamber music played by top-notch ensembles.
Summer’s heating up, so get ready for the 22nd season of the Moab Music Festival. Cherie Yurco of Making Music Magazine talks about the thoughtful planning that goes into Moab’s concerts which offer a variety of musical genres, as well as Moab’s venues which are “remote scenic spots.” Yurco continues by saying, “The result…is a festival that presents the highest level of performance in a uniquely beautiful and intimate setting.”