Rock Fest features The National Parks
The National Parks performs at a concert in Provo, photo by Justin Hackworth courtesy of Dixie State University

The Tanner Amphitheater, which opened in 1976, was built by the late O.C. Tanner with the aim to strengthen the arts in southern Utah by providing a world-class venue surrounded by the cliffs of Zion National Park. Over the years, the venue has hosted many notable concerts including The Utah Symphony, ‘80s rockers Firehouse, regional favorite Ryan Shupe, and many others who have coupled great music with what many consider the best-kept secret amongst outdoor venues in the country. This season continues that tradition as DSU brings to the stage such acts as Collin Raye, Nathan Pacheco, and the Utah Symphony. The next two shows bring particularly big names and amazing entertainment to the Trailblazers Summer Concert Series stage.

“Sanctuary: The Story of Zion,” an original show written by Sam Payne with musical contributions from St George’s own Ryan Tilby, Nic Chamberlain, and myself, makes its return July 22. “Sanctuary: The Story of Zion” is a joyous musical celebration of the people, projects, and passions that made Zion the destination that it is today. Prepare to be educated and entertained.

Rounding out the next 30 days of entertainment at the Tanner, DSU is thrilled to announce the return of Collin Raye to southern Utah. Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990s and continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt music with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 top ten records and 16 No. 1 hits and having been a 10-time male vocalist of the year nominee, this truly electrifying performer remains one of the great voices of our time.

Tickets for the Trailblazers Summer Concert Series are available at or by calling (435) 652-7800. Join us for world-class music, breathtaking scenery, and an unforgettable experience.

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