Art Spotlight: Downtown Ogden bars, clubs where you can hear live music

Wednesday , August 16, 2017 - 11:45 AM

MICHAEL PALUMBO, From the Community contributor

The Ogden City Arts Advisory Committee is a group of local artists and residents that focuses on all things art happening in the city. The group’s members work as liaisons between artists and Ogden City to ensure art remains a vital part of the city. Michael Palumbo is a member of the committee.

This is the second installment of “Where is the Music?” In February I wrote about the overall music scene in Ogden. Then in April I devoted my column to Ogden’s own orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Ogden.

This go ‘round, I want to talk a bit about the downtown club scene.

Let’s start with 25th Street.

There are some great clubs up and down the two-block stretch from Grant Avenue to Wall Avenue, and most of them feature live music on the weekends. They generally charge a cover to help offset the cost of the band.

Here are a few of the many clubs:

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This location caters to a later night crowd, with their music starting usually at 10 p.m. They get a wide variety of acts, locally and nationally.

Location: 244 25th St., Ogden

Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Saturday


The Lighthouse Lounge frequently features the Joe McQueen Quartet and other locals like Brooke Macintosh, The Proper Way, Tim Daniels and Friends, and The Johnny Utahs. Their combination of chairs, couches and tables makes for comfortable and eclectic seating options.

Location: 130 25th St., Ogden

Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday


Kokomo club has long been a staple of 25th Street. This is a good place to hear the Kap Brothers band. This is a band that is a true Ogden musical treasure.

Location: 216 25th St., Ogden

Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Saturday


Crossing the street from the Kokomo Club, you will run into Alleged. The downstairs at Alleged is home to NextEnsemble, which is not exactly your typical band, but fits in nicely. This place has a rooftop bar that is very popular whenever the weather permits. At Alleged you will find a variety of musical artists, including Doctor Barber, The Outer Vibe, the Mojave Nomads and others.

Location: 201 25th St., Ogden 

Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday; closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday


Moving to the east on Washington Boulevard, there is Funk ‘n Dive. This bar is the successor to the Wine Cellar. It’s a place where you will hear groups like the Wayne Hoskins Band, the Dueling Pianos, Phoenix Rising and many others.

Location: 2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden

Hours: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday


Up the hill on Adams Avenue is Kamikazes. This is another great place for music on most weekends. Lot of varieties of music and great bands.

Location: 2404 Adams Ave., Ogden

Hours: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday


One of the newest downtown clubs is The Angry Goat at 2570 Washington Boulevard. This club features local bands playing on the weekends.

Location: 2570 Washington Blvd., Ogden

Hours: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday


Although not strictly downtown, the Iron Horse at 36th Street and Washington Boulevard — a long-time Ogden staple — features live music on the weekends. You will often hear Red Shot Pony, Korene Greenwood and Company, and the Scotty Haze Band, as well as other great groups. I have jammed with Korene and Scotty, and can tell you that they are a blast to work with.

Location: 3611 Washington Blvd., South Ogden

Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 1 a.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

In case you wondering, each place but Alleged serves food.

Well that about wraps it up for this edition. Next time, we’ll look at other music to listen to in Ogden.


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