Bob Dylan will make a much-anticipated return to Utah on Aug. 1, with special guests Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham.
And the venue will offer five shows featuring country superstars Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and Luke Bryan. The latter recently won the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year award.
Country dominates the amphitheater's lineup, which also includes promising, up-and-coming country artists Kacey Musgraves and Florida Georgia Line.
"We have a lot of guys in cowboy hats and pickup trucks," United Concerts president Jim McNeil said of Utah audiences.
The appetite for country music is spurred by "very aggressive country stations" in the greater Salt Lake City area, said Teresa Mooney, vice president of marketing at United Concerts.
If country's not your thing, there are other Usana concerts worth seeing.
Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster perform on June 20; 311 will bring its annual Unity tour (with Cypress Hill and G. Love & Special Sauce) on July 30; Rush's "Clockwork Angels Tour" will headline July 31; Dave Matthews Band will live it up on Aug. 27; and Alice in Chains and Jane's Addiction will lead the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival on Sept. 2.
Usana Amphitheatre also will continue its "Green Initiative" partnership with Rocky Mountain Recycling and its volunteers. In 2012, the venue recycled 9.8 tons, which helps attract environmentally conscious artists such as Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson, Mooney said.
United Concerts, which has no plans to host shows at The Gallivan Center this summer, also will help produce Jason Aldean's July 27 show at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy.
Usana summer concerts
Here's the lineup for the 2013 concert series at Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City. Tickets are now on sale for all shows, except Bob Dylan, which go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. The Country Megaticket, which includes five country concerts, is available through June 12 at 10 p.m. Reserved seats $450, lawn seats $199.
June 4 • Alice Cooper with Marilyn Manson; $34-$59
June 14 • Tim McGraw with Brantley Gilbert, Love and Theft; $30.50-$70.25
June 20 • Barenaked Ladies with Ben Folds Five, Guster; $22.50-$62.50
July 5 • "Freedom Works: Free the People 2013," with "all-star lineup of conservative icons"; free with purchase of Glenn Beck ticket
July 6 • Glenn Beck's "Man in the Moon"; $35-$75
July 18 • Kenny Chesney with Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves; $39.50-$79.50
July 30 • 311 with Cypress Hill and G. Love & Special Sauce; $34-$59
July 31 • Rush; $36.50-$129
Aug. 1 • Bob Dylan with Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Bingham; $33-$80
Aug. 2 • Brad Paisley with Chris Young, Lee Brice; $31-$65.75
Aug. 10 • Alan Jackson with Sarah Darling; $29-$59
Aug. 27 • Dave Matthews Band with The Head and the Heart; $39.50-$75
Sept. 2 • UPROAR Festival with Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed & Cambria, Circa Survive; $20-$79
Sept. 20 • Luke Bryan with Thompson Square, Florida Georgia Line; $30.25-$55.
Tickets • smithstix.com