Named after a rapid on the Green River, The Hog Wallow Pub is located kitty-corner to the historic Old Mill ruin at the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon, renowned for some of the best snow on earth. It is the latest reincarnation of the oldest and most notorious bar in the Cottonwood Heights area.
Since it’s opening, Hog Wallow has received a number of awards including City Search’s “Best Outdoor Bar,” City Weekly’s “Best Neighborhood Bar” and “Best Escape From Downtown,” and Salt Lake Magazine’s “Best Suburban Bar.”
Hog Wallow Pub 3200 Big Cottonwood Canyon Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84121(801) 733-5567
Misty River awakened to her musical calling in 2008. After having a near death exsperence. Misty has set her intendtion on sharing the essence of love and peace that she experienced on the other side with the world. Her music is not just music. It’s a message. And her lyric’s are not just words. They’re a sermon to music. That touches the soul of the listener with a deep feeling of global awareness and an intense desire to bring about change. Misty is known for her angelic voice and a stage presence that has brought many to tears. She is open, honest and real about the change she wants to make on this planet. And is never wavering in her ablity to describe that change in a way that will shake your soul.
I have been involved with music ever since I can remember. I started my musical journey at a very young age by taking piano lessons and I was so excited that I would skip ahead through lessons and memorize all the songs in every book. At the same time I also participated in children choirs and loved performing. After my first experiences on stage I knew this is where I belonged.
I soon began playing the clarinet in elementary school and then switched to the oboe in middle school. My grandfather played the bass guitar during the 60’s in an Akron Ohio band called the “Blues Society”. When he passed away my older sister bought a bass guitar to help remember him. I picked up that bass guitar at age 11 and fell in love with Jazz music. I have played in my middle school, high school, and college jazz bands. I also played the bass in a few project bands.
I wrote my first song “Walk Away”when I was 14 and couldn’t stop writing after that. I started playing in bands and writing songs on my own, and collaborating with other musicians. It was difficult to write songs when playing the bass guitar so I turned back to the piano and later taught myself to play the guitar. For me music is like colors on a canvas. When I hear music I see color. Writing songs is like this thing inside of me dying to get out.
I love to perform and find myself completely at home on stage. It is the place where I am most comfortable. I have independently recorded and released two full-length albums and I am working on promoting and playing around the Utah. I find recording a little frustrating because it is so hard to make the final product sound the way I hear it in my head.
In my current music project I go by the name Arienette. I’ve been working full time on my music other than attending a semester of music classes at Salt Lake community College. The summer of 2011 has been quite busy for me I’ve been playing shows twice a week and promoting my new CD. I look forward to the future and the possibilities it might hold for me.
Melody and Tyler had quite a background in music even before getting together. Tyler was the drummer in a once popular local band called Blind Iris, which was based out of Logan and seemed very close to a break through career. They competed and placed in several competitions, and after their debut self-titled album, they were honored with a song placement on the Tony Hawk Underground game. Tyler has been in several bands as well, including Eggs Blackstone, and a brief stint in Exploding Hybrid. Since his drumming days, Tyler has taken up playing the acoustic guitar and singing with Melody. .
Melody has been playing guitar since high school where she did several talent shows, and contests. She began writing music at age 13 and worked her way from piano to guitar at age 16. With a sound similar to Sarah McLaughlin (a huge influence) she played solo for several years all over Cache Valley, UT (surprisingly, all at the same time as Tyler and the two never meeting). Melody moved throughout the North West for a few years before eventually moving back to Utah in 2007, she had decided it was time to get serious with her music.
Tyler’s band decided to part ways only months before and the timing was perfect. They met at an open mic, and it wasn’t long before they started performing together. In October 2007, they moved from Logan to Salt Lake City, and by January 2009 they were performing on a regular basis, often every weekend. While performing at various venues and seeing the wide range of talent around them, they realized that it was time to do something different to help the music scene.
They founded the Acoustic All-Stars Festival in Park City (Now working on the 3rd year). Due to its quick success, they were honored with a feature and cover story in InThisWeek magazine, a feature in the Park Record Newspaper, and several influential friendships.
Melody and Tyler Forsberg have been fortunate in their careers being included in such festivals as Earth Jam, Park Silly, and Sugarhouse arts Festival, Performing at The Star Bar during Sundance, and the Utah State Fair, and Recently had the honor to open for J.R. Richards of Dishwalla for a benefit concert for Hannah Laursen, an 8 year old girl with cancer.
They will be beginning recording for their first Duo album in February 2010 and have sold over 300 copies of Melody’s album “Finally” in the past year without any store placement, mainly from show sales. They are consistently booked through at least 2 months of shows, rarely taking time off, and making sure to play at least 2 shows a weekend, trying to keep at least 18 shows on the roster at all times. Most recently, they played 100 shows in 2009 not including open mics and interviews and were the winners of the Best Local Acoustic Band POSTY award for 2009.
This year Melody and Tyler are planning a tour through Los Angeles with Nicole “Kole” Christensen around the ASCAP music expo in April and are performing at the Utica Arts and Music Festival in New York in September.
Gallivan Plaza provides free live entertainment every weekday afternoon (excluding holidays) May thru September from Noon-1PM. Get out into the sunshine and enjoy your lunch while listening to the sounds of solo acoustic singers, songwriters and local bands. Musical selections include folk, acoustic, rock, jazz, pop, blues, and all variations in between.
Did you forget to pack a lunch? Don’t worry; visit the new Gallivan Center concessions stand or one of the many take-out delis and restaurants nearby. Also, enjoy Lunch Bunch on Gallivan Ave. every Thursday along with our Thursday Food Trucks.