Kilby Court 20th Anniversary Block Party

S&S Presents

Kilby Court 20th Anniversary Block Party

Death Cab For Cutie, The National Parks, Joshua James, Ritt Momney, Picture This, Palace of Buddies, Breakfast In Silence, The Backseat Lovers, Drew Danburry

Sat, May 11, 2019

3:00 pm

Kilby Court

Salt Lake City, UT

$40 GA / $100 VIP

Kilby Court 20th Anniversary Block Party
Kilby Court 20th Anniversary Block Party
Tickets All Ages
$40 GA
$100 VIP

Gates open at 3pm.

Celebrating Kilby Court's 20th Anniversary with an all-day Block Party, May 11th, 2019!

As Salt Lake City's longest-running all ages venue, Kilby Court celebrating the thousands of artists and performers that have contributed to our vibrant music community over the last two decades.

Headlined by Death Cab for Cutie (who played Kilby in 2001), this event will feature currently active and reunited local bands performing across three different stages-- including a dedicated stage curated by Spy Hop.

We are also excited to be showing a remembrance wall that lists every single band who has ever played our stage over the last twenty years with over 15,000 artists.

Don't miss an incredible night of memories and community with us!

We kick things off at Urban Lounge on May 10th, while the festival runs all day on May 11, concluding with a late night show at Urban Lounge on May 11.

The all ages block party will feature local food trucks, craft beer, and bar areas for 21+.

A full run of the event details and set times will be listed soon on our website at

Events is held rain or shine.
Tickets required for all attendees.

Entrance access is available from 700 south on 400 west.

Parking is limited. Consider using public transit, bicycle or ride share.

Sponsored by CityWeekly, SLUG Magazine, GrayWhale, KRCL, Five Wives Vodka, Mason Homes Real Estate

Venue Rules:

Tickets required for all attendees
Everyone entering the venue must have a ticket or pay at the gate
Cash only for gate purchases
No re-entry
No weapons or firearms
No coolers
No pets allowed, service dogs must have ID
No smoking
No outside food or beverage of any kind
No pro audio, video, or photo equipment
No chairs, blankets or umbrellas
All concerts are rain or shine
No refunds
Security reserves the right to refuse service at their discretion
Death Cab For Cutie
Death Cab For Cutie
Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. The band is composed of Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, Dave Depper, and Zac Rae. Death Cab for Cutie rose from being a side project to becoming one of the most exciting groups on the indie rock scene of the 2000's, with their emotive songwriting and cross-genre sound landing somewhere between indie and emo. They have been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album for their most recent release, 2015’s Kintsugi. Their ninth studio album is released later this year.
The National Parks
The National Parks
We began making music as The National Parks in Provo, Utah in early 2013. In September of that year we released our first album, Young, and (along with our January 2014 standalone single, "As We Ran") we saw more success than we could have expected for a debut launched with little-to-no idea of what it took to get our music out beyond our local scene. The album climbed to #13 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and helped us get on the road to play shows in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York and with some really awesome musicians like Andy Grammer, The Lone Bellow, LeAnn Rimes, and The Moth & The Flame.

Our experience playing in front of crowds factored into the development of our second album, Until I Live, in a very serious way. We wanted to take all of the things we loved most from that record and amplify, enhance, and experiment with them. The result of that effort is a ten-track album that we think maintains the heart and sincerity of Young but that also does its own thing too. We released Until I Live in September 2015 and were once again blown away as the album climbed charts – iTunes Pop Chart and Billboard's Heatseekers Chart. We were thrilled to hear in April 2016 that "Monsters of the North," a lead single from Until I Live, was announced as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition – one of the world's premiere songwriting competitions. Press from major outlets such as NPR's All Songs Considered, CMT Edge, and Pop Matters has fueled additional momentum and allowed us to continue touring into 2016, now having played in 50+​ cities in 17 different states, including performances at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Make Music Pasadena and Canadian Music Week.

Although we saw a number of changes over the first two years we've now settled into a dynamic 5-piece group with Brady Parks (Denver, CO) and Sydney Macfarlane (Kaysville, UT) still leading the way and John Hancock (Sacramento, CA), Doug Patterson (Provo, UT), and Megan Taylor (Draper, UT) each contributing in a variety of ways to make our live shows sound as full and complete as the recordings.
Joshua James
Joshua James
Raised in hard-bitten Nebraska, Joshua James' work reflects a distinctly American ache, a yearning for a big sky and an open road. Beckoned westward out of his heartland home by the voices of Jim Morrison and Isaac Brock, he made it as far as the mountains of Utah, where like the settlers before him, he was stopped in his tracks by the arresting beauty. Here, where the mountains pierce the heavens, some believe a conduit is open between man and the divine.

Strangely familiar, yet refreshingly innovative, James' songs are devastating in their honesty, working with themes that are intermittently elating, melancholic, and transcendent. He doesn't so much perform these songs, as he does let them possess him, allowing his voice to be throttled from a husky whisper to a full-bodied roar.
His first two albums, 2007's The Sun Is Always Brighter and 2009's Build Me This, topped the year-end 'Best of iTunes' lists, while earning ecstatic praise from press ("Build Me This is convincing from its opening line…through its solemn last words" – Paste; "Every line rings with desperation and a desire for salvation" – Esquire, about "Mother Mary", off Build Me This). After the commercial release of his first album in 2007, James spent the next five years touring across the United States and to far-flung places such as Romania and Japan.

In early 2011, he headed back to Utah, taking a break from the road. During this extended stay at home, James took to vegetable gardening, raising goats and chickens, and developed a heightened connection to the living things around him. The concept of becoming self-sufficient and living off the land became increasingly appealing.

Ultimately, his home and burgeoning farm were deemed 'Willamette Mountain,' a namesake that came to James in a dream. Both figuratively and literally, Willamette Mountain serves as a daily reminder of the simple beauties that can so easily be overlooked. "We've got a few acres, goats and honeybees," he says, "it's a place for reconnecting with nature, and for letting go of everything else." It was here that he bore the songs compiling his newest album, appropriately titled From The Top Of Willamette Mountain.

When it came time to make the new record, James felt he needed to veer outside his comfort zone artistically, and looked for a producer who could help facilitate this. His search, along with longtime friend and bandmate Evan Coulombe, coincidentally led him to the Willamette Valley of Oregon, home base of producer Richard Swift (Damien Jurado, Gardens and Villa, The Mynabrids). Holed up in Swift's creative alcove National Freedom, the three of them took James's voice and songs in unexpected directions, interested much more in honesty than sheer flawlessness. Recorded predominantly live over the course of two weeks, Swift strived to capture the immediacy of James' live performances, without laboring over multiple takes or lengthy overdubs. After giving one or two impassioned live performances of each new song, James stepped back to make way for Swift's own artistic vision.

As a result, James found his own voice while escaping the traditional confines of the folk genre. The elements of the confessional remain, but the music here breathes and moves with a life all its own. Songs like "Wolves" begin sparse and pretty before suddenly moving into the epically symphonic. "Ghost In The Town" is a poignant goodbye to youth in the form of a guitar strum noir. "Surrender" is existential angst hidden between piano waltz and doo-wop sway. The album's lead off single, "Queen of the City", came out of a late night, whisky-induced haze, depicting the internal paradox of good and evil, the id and the ego, faith and doubt.

"The writing and recording of this record has been a time of transition and realization for me," says James, "and that set me free to explore other sounds and forms of expression. It's been about finding a center and realizing that not everyone needs to see the world like you do. We all have differences. I love the fact that we are not all the same, nor should we be."

Where Build Me This addressed the concept of rebirth, From The Top Of Willamette Mountain accomplishes a rebirth artistically. Whatever he found up there at the top of his imaginary mountain or in the Oregon studio, James now seems to be directing his questioning inward, rather than towards a hole in the sky, and the conversation is getting much more interesting.
Ritt Momney
Ritt Momney
Palace of Buddies
Palace of Buddies
Breakfast In Silence
Breakfast In Silence
Drew Danburry
Venue Information:
Kilby Court
741 Kilby Court
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101