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Medals Plaza Gives Utah Musicians a Chance to be Fans

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morisette, *NSYNC, Martina McBride, Barenaked Ladies--the lineup of national performers appearing at the downtown Medals Plaza each evening during the 2002 Winter Games is an impressive list of who's who in music today. For popular Salt Lake singer-songwriter, Julie de Azevedo, it's also an exciting chance to step off the stage and be a fan.

"I stay busy enough with my own performances that I don't often get to see my own favorite bands perform when they come to town," says de Azevedo. "I love to be part of the crowd, cheering and singing along. It's a nice change from being the one on stage."

De Azevedo is well-known for being friendly with her fans. She usually stays long after her performances on stage are through, chatting with fans and signing CDs. She also regularly takes pictures of her fans from the stage and posts them on her web site ( ).

De Azevedo has taken advantage of all the national talent performing in Salt Lake City. She cheered for the Dave Matthews Band on the opening night of the Medal Plaza festivities, and has also seen Creed in concert.

De Azevedo stepped into an Olympic spotlight of her own in two Olympic-related performances. She performed for 40,000 people as part of festivities welcoming the Torch to Salt Lake City, and also got to share a stage with Ben Taylor on the opening day of the Games at a private reception hosted by Utah Governor Mike Leavitt. Taylor (son of artists Carly Simon and James Taylor) headlined an evening of performances from Utah and national artists, including de Azevedo, Thurl Bailey and All 4 One.

"It was really fun to get to share a stage with someone like Ben Taylor. We took a picture together, and I posted it on my web site," laughed de Azevedo.



Medals Plaza Gives Utah Musicians a Chance to be Fans
Excel Entertainment Group Press Release 20Feb02 A2


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