Written by: Mikala Lugen | Photo(s) by: Vivint Arena - Kari Kenner USANA Amphitheatre - Wayne Ward The Union Event Center - Matt Dippel Maverik Center - Courtesy of Maverik Center Soundwell - Ben Allen Red Butte Garden - Utah Venue Market Sandy Amphitheater - Courtesy of website The Depot - Trocchio Photography The Complex - Ben Allen Sky - Courtesy of Sky SLC Commonwealth Room - Courtesy of Discotech The State Room - Sam Crump Kilby Court - Ryan Galbraith Urban Lounge - Miguel Mendoza Metro Music Hall - Courtesy of Metro Music Hall Cover Photo - Vanessa Holt
The Best Music Venues in Salt Lake City
Are you new to the city or just wondering where to see some of the best concerts and nightlife? We’ve compiled a list of Salt Lake City’s best music venues so you can be sure to catch all the best tours that come through.
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Home of the NBA Utah Jazz, Vivint Arena also hosts some of Salt Lake City’s best concerts every year. Located in downtown SLC, the venue hosts a capacity of nearly 20,000, making it the largest, most high-tech arena within a five-state radius. The arena hosts about 1.8 million guests and more than 100 sports and entertainment events each year.
Having opened its doors in 2003, USANA is a 20,000 – seat & lawn outdoor amphitheatre, located in West Valley City, Utah. It is built for music and is the greenest amphitheatre in the United States. Its scenic view of the Wasatch Mountains with featured outdoor seating makes any concert worth seeing. The venue boasts a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, custom menus and mixology, and ample space for any entertainment event.
The Union Event Center
The Union Event Center is Salt Lake City’s premier space to meet, create, learn, laugh, share moments, and unite with others. This 3,500-capacity downtown venue offers a spacious setting featuring three full service bars, upper level club area, upgraded sound and audio system, and more. The Union also holds a liquor license, making it one of the few venues in SLC that can accommodate a cash bar.
Having opened its doors in 1997, Maverik Center has become one of Salt Lake City’s most acclaimed sports and entertainment venues. Designed by the world’s premiere arena architect, Populous, the venue combines the modern amenities of a large arena with the service and intimacy of a small theater. Within Maverik Center is a unique Theatre configuration which can accommodate audiences as small as 3,700, while a crowd of 12,000 can be just as comfortable in the main arena. Each year, the venue hosts the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies and has gained international fame for its hosting of the Ice Hockey Championships at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Located in the heart of downtown, Soundwell is the newest and most intimate music venue to pop up among the thriving Salt Lake City concert scene. Formerly known as Elevate Nightclub, the fully remodeled and rebranded venue opened its doors in April 2018, offering top-notch talent and premium sound in an intimate atmosphere.
With its location being in the center of the city and across from the Convention Center, it’s a perfect location to see a show and stay in one of its neighboring hotels. While attending a live event, guests won’t have to wait long for a drink at its three full-service bars. Its state-of-the-art sound system creates an unique entertainment experience for attendees, while the two separate patio spaces allow time to mingle and relax with friends away from its maximum capacity of 600 people.
Red Butte Garden
As one of the largest botanical gardens in the Intermountain West, Red Butte Garden is marked a special entertainment landmark in Salt Lake City. Renowned for its plant collections, 524,000 spring-blooming bulbs, beautiful event spaces, world-class outdoor concert series, and horticulture-based educational programs, the 21-acred property hosts people from around the world to enhance their experience in nature and bring communities together to share in live event experiences.
A key part of Salt Lake City’s flourishing music scene includes Red Butte Garden’s annual outdoor concert series. Being a member of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), the independently owned venue hosts up to 3,000 people in its gorgeously adorned outdoor amphitheater. As an outdoor venue, attendees are encouraged to bring their own low-back folding chair, blankets, and are also welcome to bring their own cooler full of food & beverages.
Built in 1999, Sandy Amphitheater is a state of the art concert venue that seats 2,750 in both reserved theater seats and general admission on the lawn. Nestled in the shadows of the Wasatch Mountains, patrons enjoy an intimate outdoor concert experience with stunning sunset and mountain views of the Salt Lake Valley.
Nestled in the historic Union Pacific Building at The Gateway Mall, The Depot has hosted nationally-recognized acts since it opened its doors in 2006. Quickly becoming the premiere venue in Salt Lake City for touring artists, legends like BB King, Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, and Bob Weir have graced its stage for nights of unforgettable music.
With a unique, multi-faceted two-story live viewing experience, the 1,200-capacity live music venue promotes a fun and friendly space for fans and artists to connect on an intimate level, while allowing ample space to enjoy the atmosphere of the evening.
Run and managed by live music mogul Live Nation, The Depot gives a more constructed and corporate-managed live music experience to its attendees. While it’s not an independently-owned and operated venue, it holds high standards to its hospitality to attendees and bringing a professional team onboard to create an enjoyable experience for both fans and performing artists.
Celebrating 10 years, The Complex hosts some of the biggest acts in the world. It’s five separate roomed venues – Rockwell, The Grand, Veritgo and Papa Wolf’s and The Lot – allow a diverse set of musicians and bands to grace its stages for both a larger and more intimate setting. It’s largest venue room, Rockwell, hosts 2,500 people and features a pounding 85,000 watt, state-of-the-art, JBL line array sound system with an all LED lighting system.
Sky SLC has become Salt Lake City’s premier venue for electronic music. The venue offers a large, sprawling space with two levels on an open floor plan so there’s never a bad seat in the house. Additionally, its glass retractable roof, 18 VIP suites, 20+ beers on tap, and the most state-of-the-art sound and lighting system in Utah, Sky has become the home to the largest and most exciting electronic events in Salt Lake City.
The Commonwealth Room
A sister venue to The State Room, the larger 600-person capacity Commonwealth Room features incredible acoustics due to its renovations from its previous dwelling as a church.
Having opened its doors in 2018, the venue has seen a variety of nationally-acclaimed musicians and local acts grace its stage, including Graham Nash, Marcus King, Jim James, Orgone, Cody Johnson, Reckless Kelly, and more. The larger capacity venue features raised viewing platforms, ensuring there’s not a bad seat in the house for its attendees. The huge dancefloor gives ample space to dance and socialize under the venue’s top-of-the-line EV sound system and Martin visuals. With an outdoor box office, indoor lobby, and 40-foot wide blackout stage, The Commonwealth Room marks an important landmark venue in Salt Lake City’s music community.
As a 21+ venue, the atmosphere caters to its adults-only attendees with a full bar and often hosts food trucks outside the venue for onsite local snacks. While it is a standing room venue, there is limited first-come, first-serve bar stool seating for those who wish to sit.
The State Room
What used to be the city’s Utah Children’s Theatre quickly turned into one of the city’s best locally-owned music venues. Located in downtown Salt Lake City, The State Room sits right across the street from The Bayou, a buzzling eatery and bar, a perfect pairing for a night out. Catering to its mix of audience attendees, the venue features a variety of fixed seats, tables and chairs, and open floor space, often on a first-come, first-serve basis. Equipped with a full bar, the venue is 21+, allowing an adults-only setting to see a live performance. The 299-capacity venue caters to an intimate viewing experience to see some of the best national touring acts.
As a DIY, garage-style atmosphere, Kilby Court hosts local and touring artists alike while encouraging crowd interaction in its intimate setting. Located at the end of a small downtown street and housed in a garage, Kilby Court is a friendly, low-key 200-person capacity venue to enjoy quality music, and one that celebrates the independent DIY spirit. Being all-ages, the venue is a great space for families and those looking for an alcohol-free space.
Since its foundation in 2001, Urban Lounge has been providing Salt Lake City with a vast array of live performances. As a 21+ venue, attendees can experience internationally-acclaimed artists and up-and-coming underground groups in its 400-person intimate setting. Conveniently located within walking distance between downtown and the University of Utah, Urban Lounge marks a staple venue in Salt Lake City’s ever-growing music scene and its surrounding communities.
Metro Music Hall
As Sartain & Saunders’ biggest and newest venue, Metro Music Hall hosts a diverse selection of events. From live drag shows, LGBTQ+ celebrations, concerts, dance parties, comedy nights, spoken word evenings, and more, Metro Music Hall has opened the door to welcome opportunities to both local and national music acts through its doors. It’s 600-person capacity, open-format event space, and full service bar brings an inviting and unique viewing experience for live music fans throughout the Salt Lake community.