Bullets & Belles returns to Kayenta

Bullets & Belles, circa 2015 | Publicity photo courtesy of Bullets & Belles and HeyHay Records, St. George News
Bullets & Belles, circa 2015 | Publicity photo courtesy of Bullets & Belles and HeyHay Records, St. George News
Bullets & Belles, circa 2015 | Publicity photo courtesy of Bullets & Belles and HeyHay Records, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY — Bullets & Belles will be returning to Kayenta, Utah, on May 16, at 8 p.m. for the first time since the popular Utah natives sold out two back-to-back shows in 2013.

Tickets are $22 and advance purchase is recommended.

Bullets & Belles fits the neo doo-wop folk genre. Think Amy Winehouse and Dion and The Belmonts, but also The Mamas and The Papas and Taj Mahal. Their performance effortlessly glides from hard hitting blues, to soulful doo-wop, to traces of country folk. Their sublime three-part vocal harmonies and deeply-felt poetic lyrics, paired with solid rhythms and well thought out vocal arrangements seamlessly bend through the rules of genre while always leaving the audience wanting (and often whistling)

The band originally hails from Salt Lake City. Each member with their own history of training, theater, performance and passion for a wide range of music.

Bullets & Belles, circa 2015 | Publicity photo courtesy of Bullets & Belles and HeyHay Records, St. George News
Bullets and Belles, circa 2015 | Publicity photo courtesy of Bullets & Belles and HeyHay Records, St. George News

The band formed in 2011 and released their premiere “Curried Rice EP” in 2012. In 2013, their debut album “Be Glad” was very well received and launched them into the Utah music sphere. Their highly anticipated followup, “Ready” is set for release May 2015, under their own label, HeyHay Productions. A national tour and subsequent relocation for the band is underway.

Ryan Cron is the leading male, or Bullet, if you will. He is one of two songwriters in the group, along with his wife Erin. His guitar sings as melodically and soothingly as his crooning voice. Ryan is also the band’s multi-instrumentalist producer and sound engineer.

Erin Haley’s soulful voice and whimsical lyricism and melodies create her unique songwriting style. She writes many of the songs for the band. Erin has performed in other Salt Lake City bands as well, including Satirico and La Farsa.

Noel Sandberg lends her vocals and enthusiastic percussion skills to Bullets and Belles. Her careful ear and solid pitch help to create a blend of harmonies uniquely characteristic of the band.

Utah native band Bullets and Belles to perform at Kayenta, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Bullets and Belles, St. George News
Utah native band Bullets and Belles to perform at Kayenta, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Bullets and Belles, St. George News

Zach Downes keeps the rhythm steady and audience moving with his solid throwback bass lines. While not a full member of the Bullets and Belles crew, his formal musical training, and full time status as a professional musician always lends a friendly note to the bands unique sound.

Event details

  • What: Bullets and Belles
  • When: Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m.
  • Where: Kayenta Outdoor Theatre, Coyote Gulch Art Village, 875 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins
  • Tickets: $22
  • Bullets and Belles website

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