Uncovering the Melodic Heart of Provo, Utah: A Special Feature on NPR's World Cafe

Provo Joins Elite Music Cities on NPR's World Cafe

Starting January 18th: A Deep Dive into Provo's Music Scene

PHILADELPHIA, JANUARY 15, 2024: Get ready to tune into an extraordinary exploration of Provo, Utah's music scene. NPR's acclaimed program World Cafe presents "Sense of Place: Provo, Utah," a special series broadcasting from January 18th to 26th. This in-depth feature places Provo alongside illustrious music cities like LA, Austin, and London, spotlighting its unique musical landscape.

Series Highlights: Local Legends and Upcoming Artists

  • January 18: The Aces - Provo's own indie pop band opens up about their journey and performs their latest hits.
  • January 19: June Audio & Velour Live Music Gallery - Discover Provo's state-of-the-art recording studio and a venue central to its performing scene.
  • January 22: JR Boyce at ABG’s Libation Emporium - A peek into Provo's sole music venue offering alcoholic beverages.
  • January 23: Provo Music Magazine - Zach Collier discusses the unique "Dusty Deseret" music genre.
  • January 24: Melody Clinger - A conversation with the leader of the first women's rock band.
  • January 25: Little Moon - The NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners share their story.
  • January 26: JTM - Provo's Mormon rapper reflects on his music and faith journey.

Experience Provo's Music Virtually

Don't miss this captivating series on the 280+ U.S. radio stations carrying World Cafe and online at World Cafe on NPR Music.

More on World Cafe

Since its inception in 1991, World Cafe has emerged as a premier platform for music discovery. Reaching nearly 600,000 listeners weekly, the program is renowned for its artist interviews and in-studio performances, spanning a diverse range of genres.

Provo's Music Scene: A Closer Look

Downtown Provo Utah Valley

Vibrant, Diverse, and Uniquely Provo

The Heartbeat of Provo's Music Scene

  • June Audio Recording Studios: Hosting global stars like The Killers and Post Malone, this studio is a cornerstone of Provo's music industry.
  • Velour Live Music Gallery: Corey Fox's all-ages venue has been pivotal in launching bands like Neon Trees and Imagine Dragons.
  • ABG’s Libation Emporium: The only spot in Provo where live music and alcohol mix, offering a unique experience in the local scene.

Groundbreaking Musicians from Provo

  • The Aces: Their latest album reflects their experiences growing up in Provo's predominantly Mormon community.
  • The National Parks: This local band, a product of Provo's rich music environment, shares its experiences working with June Audio.
  • Little Moon: Winners of NPR’s 2023 Tiny Desk Contest, they represent the new wave of talent emerging from Provo.
  • JTM: A rapper who navigates his artistry within the framework of Mormonism, offering a unique perspective in the hip-hop genre.

Provo's Unique Genres and Influences

  • "Dusty Deseret" Music: A genre born in Provo, blending elements of Americana with local influences, as coined by Provo Music Magazine.
  • Women in Rock: The Clinger Sisters, pioneers in the rock scene, started their journey in Provo, pushing boundaries in the music industry.

Why This Series Matters

Shining a Light on Provo's Music Scene

World Cafe's "Sense of Place: Provo, Utah" is more than just a radio feature. It's a testament to Provo's diverse and vibrant music scene, showcasing its unique identity in the global music landscape.

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