Kissing Winter Weather Goodbye, Indie Rock Bands Return to Main Stage March 3

When the electrifying Andrew Goldring band takes the stage March 3, spring will have sprung in southern Utah. And while Georgefest diehards danced to the beat of the DJ drum through Georgefest winter months, first Friday nightlife crowds are ready to rock with original sounds of indie performers under southern Utah’s warm summer skies.
The Andrew Goldring band of Salt Lake City leads out the springtime
lineup for Georgefest’s free first Friday Main Stage concert series March 3.
Photo by Ryan Jorgensen Photography
March 3 features Salt Lake City indie rock band, Andrew Goldring. A fixture in the Utah music scene for many years, Andrew has been part of notable acts including Golden Sun, Sleeping Giant, and All Get Out. Andrew has released several solo albums, and recently announced his next featuring the single, “Cosmic Dance.” The album is scheduled to drop Feb. 24, and his products will be available March 3 at The George Store merch tent near Main Stage. Andrew is owner and operator at The Sound Cave music studio in Salt Lake City.
Opening on Main Stage is Telestial, southern
Utah’s newest indie rock band sensation.
Photo by Shane Ivy Stewart
Opening for Andrew Goldring is southern Utah’s own rising indie rock sensation, Telestial. Recently featured as cover story for the “Where It’s At” section of The Spectrum and Daily News, writer Emily Havens described the band stating, “Telestial’s sound has less abandon than one might find in a stereotypical hardcore project. It’s reminiscent of hardcore punk and strongly resembles noise rock.”
Featuring artists Richard Curl and Jade Whitlock, “Telestial is nearly everything we need from community bands,” Havens wrote.

Ryan Groskreutz, Georgefest talent booking agent, believes Georgefest’s commitment to featuring indie rock artists is a critical element of the event’s appeal. “We are always working to bring the best up-and-coming bands and artists to Georgefest,” he said. “This has been a big part of what makes the event interesting and worth coming out for.”

According to Georgefest founder and executive director Melynda Thorpe, warm spring temperatures offer a welcome return to Main Stage bands. Because cold temperatures make it difficult for bands and their instruments to perform through the winter, Thorpe says, “we have to get creative about our stage talent,” she said. DJ dance parties, choirs and vocal groups dominate the stage from December to February, “so we all get excited to welcome the return of indie rock bands with the first signs of spring.”


Georgefest is a first Friday nightlife event designed to celebrate the best of southern Utah artists, entertainers and musicians. The event offers a free Main Street concert at the intersection of Main and St. George Blvd. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue through 10 p.m. The event’s Jazz Garden venue presented by The Desert Pulse offers live music until midnight and is open to adults 21 and over at Green Gate Village on Tabernacle Street. Additional event features include a street market, Food Truck Village, and buskers performing for tips.
Follow the searchlight to Historic Downtown every first Friday night. This kind of fun is good for you. More info at georgestreetfest.com. Follow Telestial on Facebook.