Tooele’s Fridays on Vine is bringing in a Nashville-educated frontman and his band to close out a concert season that has seen leaps in attendance.
Artie Hemphill and the Iron Horse Band will combine a diverse set of musical talents for a forceful country music performance. Hemphill, its San Francisco-native leader, spent 10 years in Nashville learning the ropes of country music before landing in Utah Valley.
The group has opened for multiple headlining country artists, including Brad Paisley, Diamond Rio and Tim McGraw, as well as winning the 2011 Stadium of Fire Talent Competition.
Hemphill plays acoustic rhythm guitar and sings lead vocals while members of the band supplement with backup vocals and instruments like electric guitar, electric bass, drums and keyboard.
The concert is the last of the series that has seen its attendance double this year, said Melodi Gochis, a member of the Tooele City Arts Council. At the Aug. 1 concert, by the Beatles cover group Imagine, 900 people attended, and about 750 people attended last week’s concert by Exit 99, she said.
At this closing event, the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Tooele Food Bank fundraiser, where patrons can get a hot dog dinner with chips, cookie and a drink for a can of food or monetary contribution. All proceeds will be donated to the food bank.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Tooele City Park between Vine Street and the Pratt Aquatic Center. Admission is free. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs because seating is limited.