The Davis Arts Council recently wrapped up their 26th season of the Summer Nights With the Stars Concert Series held outside in the Kenley Amphitheater. Some of the biggest names in music performed at the Kenley Amphitheater stage in Layton, Utah. The series kicked off June 16, 2022 with popular rock group Starship, and completed on Sept. 10 with a performance by the Bonner Family. Renown musicians filled the remaining lineup including: 38 Special, America, Blue Oyster Cult, Kansas, The Oak Ridge Boys, Sara Evans, Toast (tribute to the band Bread), and more.
The Layton amphitheater, seating about 2,000 people, is the venue for the annual summer series. In the Kenley Amphitheater, you are never more than 200 feet from the stage. When sitting so close to the stage at a concert by one of your favorite bands, even near the back row, is an intimate concert experience.
The Davis Arts Council presents over 80 events a year across eight different programs. Popular programs include: Summer Nights with the Stars, Free Friday Film Series, Free Sunday Night Concert Series, Active Pages Fall and December, Small Stage Series, Student Art Exhibit and Competition, Insomnia Film Challenge, and Davis Arts Presents includes Gangrene Comedy Festival, Ballet West II, Classical Greek Theatre, and Plan B FEST. The Sunday Night Concert series is the longest-running, free, outdoor concert series in the state of Utah.
Layton is also the home of two art galleries. One is at Intermountain Layton Hospital; another at the Davis Conference Center. Exhibits at these two locations change quarterly and feature local Utah visual artists. The Davis Conference Center is where the Student Art Exhibit and Competition is featured, where Davis County high school-age students are eligible to enter. Their art pieces are judged by professional artists and teachers, with winners awarded over $2,000 in prize money.
Over 80% of these events are free to the public, and every year over 45,000 people in the community are served through those events. The Summer Nights with the Stars events draw attendees from as far away as St. George, Utah to Southern Idaho. For more details about upcoming events, be sure to visit the Davis Arts Council website.