When it comes to spectacular shows there seems to be no end to the awesome talents presented at Juana Ghani's large band and multiple dancers who entertain the crowd up close and personal! Her July 3rd-4th extravaganza featured two opening bands, Six Feet in the Pine, and Gipsy Moon, from Colorado, and the remarkable talents of dancers Rio Wimmer, Buck Wylde, and more.
The opening band, a local seven piece band that is headed by Devin Lee on banjo and Jennifer E. Yurth as lead vocalist/guitarist, with backing vocals by Shelley Gray, describe their music as a mixture of folk and bluegrass. The bluegrass aspect was very evident in this show, and very well done.
The touring five piece Colorado band, Gipsy Moon, was up next, with lead vocals by Mackenzie Page, backed by David Matters, also describing a bluegrass influence in their "GipsyGrass/Indie Folk" genre description was very much in keeping with the first opener. Several couples in the audience were dancing to the music of both bands. They also had a new CD and other merchandise for sale.
By the time this was over, it was well into the evening, and the eleven piece band Juana Ghani took the stage for the rest of the time until nearly 2 a.m., with an outstanding mix of dancers performing to their music and delighting the crowd. First up was the beautiful Rio Wimmer, dancing with an illuminated hula hoop - her dress revealed a lithe figure and her dancing was spectacular! She was followed by one of Juana Ghani's regular dancers, Myzchief Simona Stephenson, and then once again by Rio Wimmer and Buck Wylde, performing the most spectacular fire dances, along with dancer Holly Bird who joined Rio near the end of the performance. It was, in my opinion, definitely among the best entertainment around downtown Salt Lake City on the eve and early morning of our nation's birthday!