As has been the norm so far during the early going of this year, if you want wide-ranging options, the Salt Lake music scene says "it's options you get." The only thing not included this weekend is a super-viable option for Sunday. Who knows? Stay in and crank up the TV, maybe there's a football game on ...
Start your weekend early with some dancing at the Bar Deluxe thanks to some inspired bluegrass jamming by Fort Collins, Colo.'s Head For The Hills. I've been lucky enough to catch these guys twice and naysayers who think they're another "boring bluegrass jamband" probably haven't given them a shot. Here's a decent sample of their sound right here. (The mic cuts out on the vocals at first, but give it a second, it turns out fine)
Also Thursday night, road warriors Reverend Horton Heat will be at The Depot. Chances are if you've seen the Rev before, you're going back. Here's the band doing "Slow."
At Abravnel Hall on Friday night, classical fans can get a break from the cold with musical visions of the ocean provided courtesy of the Utah Symphony as they work through DeBussy's "La Mer." Other works on the bill include Mozart's "Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio," and Bartok's "Violin Concerto No. 2." Sounds like a wonderful evening ... I've got this one circled.
Also on Friday at Club Sound, a triple-bill headed by old-school emo rockers The Get Up Kids starts at 8 p.m. The Kansas City band has been around since '95 - save for a three-year hiatus that ended in late 2008. They're touring behind "There Are Rules," which came out late last month. Openers are indie-rockers Steel Train and River City Extension, both of those bands are from New Jersey.
Check out the Get Up Kids right here:
On Saturday, at Brooklyn, N.Y.'s The Pimps of Joytime will be in town at The State Room. This group's relatively new and are currently doing a tour of small clubs throughout the West (I bet they're LOVING this weather - Montana in late January? Niiice). But one band's frostbite is good news for music lovers - especially Salt Lake City dancers who like to move when they see a show. This band boasts a wide range of rootsy-grooves. On a Saturday night at The State Room, I suspect this will be a lot like a party ... In fact, it probably WILL be a party. Here's what they sound like: Why yes dear reader, that IS quite danceable ...
Over at In The Venue, the Christian metalcore band, Underoath, headlines a triple-bill along with A Skylit Drive and (my choice for band name of the week) Animals As Leaders.
A slightly mellower, more secular option for Saturday will be The Devil Whale's sendoff gig at the Urban Lounge. The SLC-based quartet is having a tour send-off show as it launches a slate of 19 shows that will see the group travel from the West Coast down to New Orleans, including seven frigid-looking gigs in Alaska.