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Live Performances Presented by Acura: Marcus Bently, Talibah Safiya, Jim and Sam, and The Solarists


Saturday, February 1, noon–3:45 p.m.
Acura Festival Village, 480 Swede Alley

Noon–12:45 p.m.: Marcus Bently
Utah-native singer-songwriter with the wit of Jason Mraz and the range of John Mayer. He’s smooth like butter and delivers all the goods. He’s worked with heavy hitters in the electronic space as well as with Grammy-nominated tracks with Kaskade, which further pushes the limits of what this guy can do.

1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.: Talibah Safiya
One of the most interesting voices in the Memphis music scene right now, Talibah Safia performed at the AmericanaFest showcase in 2018 and was named in NPR Music’s best of AmericanaFest for that performance. She is unique and certainly brings diversity to the lineup.

2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.: Jim and Sam
The duo has an EP coming out on Nettwerk this January and released a documentary this summer about their time on the road playing a show every day for a year. They’ve played and showcased the film at various festivals this year and are looking to release it on a larger platform. Having a presence at the Sundance Film Festival in a music capacity will add another dimension to the film they’ve created and help propel both film and music avenues forward.

3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.: The Solarists
With hits like “Dream Girl” and “Young Blood,” Provo-native rock quartet The Solarists have developed a sound and fan base much bigger than their local indie britches. In 2015, childhood friends Clint Purser (bass/sax/lead vocals), Nate Wall (lead guitar/vocals), and Justin Dunkley (drums) took on the Utah music scene, adding Kaua Sprout (rhythm guitar/vocals) months later. The Solarists woke up their sleepy college town with a healthy mix of aggressive alt-rock, catchy pop melodies, and bright, indie precision. These alleged Freemasons had a successful debut with their EP Strange Love in 2016 and have toured throughout the Rockies and the western states, spreading their notoriety and giving crowds an undeniably fun time.

CATEGORY Partner Music

RUN TIME 225 min