Bringing the Music Back to Downtown: CMF Artists

Published: August 07, 2018 | Author: Haven Scott | Read Time: 3 minutes

Cedar Music Fest will be bringing together local, and bands from the western United States to Cedar City on Sept. 15 for a night of music, art, food, fun and dancing. The party will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on University Blvd. between Main Street and 100 West.

“We invite the community to come enjoy an evening of music and fun in the heart of downtown Cedar City,” said Cedar Music Fest assistant director Jessica Burr. “While you are there, be sure to check out some of the art and culture in the area — you just might be surprised at what you find.”

Performing at the first annual Cedar Music Fest will be two bands from Seattle, and two from southern Utah.

Bryan John Appleby

Bryan John Appleby is a singer/songwriter and composer making his way to Cedar City from Seattle. Following the release of his 2011 debut album Fire on the Vine, he and his band spent time touring with The Head and the Heart’s national tour. His latest album, The Narrow Valley, was released in 2015.

The Narrow Valley feels like an escape from everything else that currently constitutes the Seattle sound,” according to a review by Seattle Met. “It’s a detour caused by zoning out on a drive down the Pacific Coast and missing an exit or two, but just deciding to go where the road takes you. The unexpected destination may not have the smoothest roadways, but damn the scenery is gorgeous.”


Tomten released their first album, Wednesday’s Children, in 2012 and has played in several Pacific Northwest music festivals, including Bumbershoot 2011. Their music is described as baroque/pop, and they also hail from Seattle.

“With a supremely catchy, well-paced set that already sounds like a greatest hits collection, Tomten has the song craft worthy of their chosen tradition.” – Seattle Weekly


Band members Aaron Strawser, Nate Strawser and Tyler Farling hail from Indiana and have been playing music together for several years. Farling now lives in Cedar City, and combined with drummer Landry Watson, the band released a five-song album titled Where We Left Off showcasing their indie-rock sound.

“‘Listen’ is an especially sweet and sad song with a lovely falsetto at the end, according to a review in Boise Weekly. "’In Between’ uses a marching band beat under Radiohead-esque notes to convey a somber mood.”


Halogyns Band

Hailing from St. George, the Halogyns are currently raising funds to produce their first album. Their alternative rock/pop sound contains unique lyrics about life, overcoming depression, love and heartbreak and much more.

Cedar Music Fest is a designed to serve as a cultural reflection of the Cedar City community and to increase patronage at downtown businesses. Additionally, the event includes components dedicated to promoting local artists and performers, drawing tourism, and bringing added culture to the community. Cedar Music Fest is committed to providing an outdoor nightlife option for local residents and tourists.

Cedar Music Fest is presented by SUU Community Education. Event partners include SUU Alumni and Community Relations, Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism Bureau, Southwest Tech and friends of Cedar City Historic Downtown Economic Development Committee. Sponsors include Southern Utah Museum of Art.

For more information on becoming a sponsor for the first Cedar Music Fest, email event director Jessica Burr at . For more information on becoming a vendor, food truck, or street performer, email Kay’ce Hofheinsach at

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