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Final Acoustic All-Stars Festival Day 2 - August 16, 2014

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The second day of the Final Acoustic All-Stars Music Festival at Fats Grill once again featured some amazing local talents, not least of which was the opener, who also hosted the three-day event, Melody Pulsipher. Melody has been writing and performing locally for several years. She and former partner Tyler Forsberg have been responsible for this annual showcase for five years, but this is the first (and sadly the last) that she has hosted on her own. The line-up for the Saturday show was Melody Pulsipher and Bethany Tracy, Holy Revolver, W. James Woods, Brandon "Buddy" Barker, and Juana Ghani.

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Melody sang several songs from her recent full album, with Bethany Tracy singing duets. Their voices blended nicely and their performance was a highlight of the evening. Among the featured songs were a new one, "Just for a Little While", and her more familiar "We All Fall Down." The second act, Holy Revolver, is a four-piece Indie alternative rock band comprising Adam Rosenberg, Tyler Barlow, Peter Brickey, and Joe Simpson. They are based in Ogden, and count The Beatles and Bob Dylan among their influences. They were followed by W. James Woods, a solo singer/songwriter from Montana but now based in Salt Lake City. The next artist, Brandon "Buddy" Barker, also based in Salt Lake City, included some amusing songs in a lighter vein, such as "Teardrops," and "Bare Necessities". The final act was the amazing eleven-piece band Juana Ghani, featuring songs from their recent album "She Lost Her Head" as well as older traditional songs in a distinctly middle European flavor. They also featured several dancers who also danced with some of the patrons.

This show being the main late weekend event was very well attended, and enjoyed by the sizeable audience. The dancers were spectacular, with plenty of moves to delight the audience. All in all, it was a very entertaining evening.