2018 Handcart Days Entertainment

Prizes given at each performance!  Incredible talent for your enjoyment!  Where else can you find this quality entertainment—free of charge?  Nowhere else!  Plan now to be there all weekend for these amazingly talented artists!!

Friday, July 20

Sheltered Reality: An amazing drumline with a message.  Jordan dazzled crowds last year, and had children and adults join him on stage, as well as providing the audience with a phenomenal drumming show!  Don’t miss his awesome performance!!!  Sheltered Reality is a non-profit, family-friendly motivator.  Sheltered Reality encourages everyone to reach the goals and dreams for life, through the power of music.
2:40 Ballet Folklorico Tutulli: a wonderful Mexican Dance Group, with native dances and costumes, full of energy and enthusiasm!  “Tutulli” is a Native American word meaning “beautiful.”  This dancing group performs folkloric numbers from all parts of Mexico.  It started in Ogden, Utah, in 2001, and has performed at numerous festivals.  It is made up of people from all ages—3-60—Everyone donates their time to show people that dancing is an important part of our society.  
3:30 Lime Ricky's eclectic repertoire features the varied musical backgrounds of all its members (from barbershop quartets to dinner theater to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).  No style is off limits, and these guys do it all a cappella.  There are few things better than blending voices in beautiful harmony.  
4:45 Blue Grass Thunder:  back by popular demand, this great group will enthrall you with their foot-stomping performance!  


8:00 Carmen Rasmusen: Season 2 American Idol Top 6 Finalist in 2003.   Carmen will sing her way into your hearts!  Bring your blankets and come prepared to fall in love with the lovely Carmen!  Sponsored by Mountain America Credit Union.  
9:00 Dancing in the Park with Leaping Lulu, the Neo-traditional Irish band is back to play its way to a fantastic finish to your day, as dancing in the park continues its tradition!  Leaping Lulu is based in Logan, Utah, featuring Sara Gunnell on violin, Liz Fallis on flute, and Don Anderson on guitar. In addition to their solo concerts and Celtic Night collaborations with Irish Dance companies, Leaping Lulu is highly regarded for their Contra Dance music. Leaping Lulu has recorded five albums, The Walk Home, High Road Low Road, The Moving Cloud, Into The West and Celtic Night Live. Highlights from past engagements include performances at the Salt Lake Arts Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and broadcasts on KRCL, KUSU, and The Folk Sampler on NPR.  


Saturday, July 21

Bountiful High Jazz Band: a perennial favorite of Handcart Days!  This band will start your morning right, and get you tapping along with their phenomenal renditions of popular music!  Grab breakfast early, so you can get a good seat for this great band!  Bountiful High Jazz Bands have consistently received Superior ratings at state festivals in Utah.   The band is made up of students aged 15-18.  They are proud to wear the Bountiful red and grey and play great jazz.  Join the band each April for Fools for Jazz, a big band family-friendly dance night for people of all ages. Bountiful High Jazz has always enjoyed playing in Bountiful City Park during Handcart Days.  Today’s program includes great music of classic jazz, pop tunes and jazz funk.  Go Braves!
10:00 Palkki and Cox Family Band: This amazing group stepped up last year when another group couldn’t make it, and they simply amazed everyone with their great musical talent!  This year, they are back, bigger and better than ever!  The Cox and Palkki family band is made up of two families, the Cox family from Mountain Green and the Palkki family from South Ogden. Our families met six years ago in a summer music program and have been playing together ever since.  This group, with ages ranging from 10 to 73, share a great love of music and find joy in sharing this love with others through performing together   The pieces they perform are their own arrangements of various songs including genres from fiddling and bluegrass to rock and roll.  They hope to continue to serve our community and to bring joy to others through music for many years to come.  
10:50 Sheltered Reality: Jordan is SO good that we had to bring him back for a second day!  His energy and drums will amaze and delight you!!!  Make sure to catch both performances!  Not only will you be tapping along to recognizable songs, but the performance is interactive, and will get you on your feet, and, maybe, up on stage!  
11:45 Maddie Wilson: Nashville’s ‘One to Watch,’ is back by popular demand.  Don’t miss her beautiful stylized songs, written from the heart.  Maddie is a 21-year-0ld Country-Music singer/songwriter.  She started our posting videos to YouTube, and received enormous recognition.  She now has over 300,000 fans and over 25,000,000 views worldwide.   As an experienced performer, Maddie has shared the stage with artists, including Chris Young, Lonestar, Imagine Dragons, Collin Ray, Danielle Bradbury, Lindsey Stirling, and more  
12:40 Broadway Singers from Sandbox Theatre: this talented group of singers will have you cheering, as well as singing these beautiful songs from shows you know and love!  Sandbox Theatre Company
1:35 Celtic Beat Irish Dancers: LaRae Thackery’s fabulous dancers, who have been noted all over the country, and whose unbelievable rhythms will have your heart pounding, are back—after spending some one-on-one time with RIVERDANCE!  They are excited to share their talents!  Celtic Beat Irish Dancers are a group of young dancers from Layton, Utah who perform traditional Irish Dance in jig and reel rhythm.  They are under the direction of La Rae R. Thackeray.  The group was formed in 1998 to provide performing opportunities for young dancers and to share Irish culture and tradition in the community.   Celtic Beat Irish Dancers recently appeared with Big Buddah on Fox 13 Morning show.  A select group of the Dancers appeared with Leaping Lu-Lu at the Utah Arts Festival.   They are well known all over Northern Utah.  Our studio was lucky to have the lead Dancers and Dance Captain of RIVERDANCE teach a workshop.  
2:20 Family Game Time: all the fun and excitement and wonderful prizes to end your perfect weekend!  Don’t miss out!!  
3:30 Endless Summer Band: the phenomenal, incredible “Beach-Boy” type band, with amazing popularity is back again—ready to party until the very end!  The Endless Summer band has been entertaining audiences for over fifteen years.  They perform music from the 60's and 70's from popular bands which include the Beach Boys, Beatles, The Byrds, Eagles, Credence Clearwater Revival, Roy Orbison and others. Their music reaches out to the young and old as well as those in between. Audiences have a great time singing along, dancing or just listening and reminiscing about the era of innocence as they hear these familiar tunes.  Stay and sing, dance, and enjoy this energetic group!!