One of the bigger names on the upcoming music calendar descends upon Salt Lake City this weekend, and there's lot of other tangible more affordable options out there as well.
The big event is Lady Gaga hitting EnergySolutions Arena for a Saturday night peek into the ongoing phenomenon that is Gaga's fame. One question about Gaga is whether she's here to stay. While it's easy to dismiss her as the next Madonna - as if that wouldn't be a major accomplishment - I'm curious if she will have the same staying power. It's hard to believe but Madonna burst onto the scene nearly 30 years ago. Now if the 24-year-old Gaga lasts even half that long, she'll exceed any reasonable expectation for success in this zero-attention span era of pop music.
One key to how Gaga's going to fare may be the relevance and entertainment value in her live show. So in addition to singing along with such hits as "Bad Romance" or "Poker Face," and hopefully getting a sneak peak of songs from the upcoming "Born This Way" release, fans can bask in the spectacle of it all - and ask themselves if they'll go see her again. And here's betting that many of the thousands of teens who come to see Gaga will be floored by the openers, Scissor Sisters. Also, despite having been available since last spring, tickets remain on sale and start at $49. Here's Lady Gaga singing "Born This Way."
OK, now on to the music performers coming to town who have never worn a meat dress, of which there's plenty:
Thursday night at The Urban Lounge, you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day with plenty of Jerry Garcia music, courtesy of JGB, the band fronted by Garcia's old keyboard player, Melvin Seals. Melvin and company will play songs from the late Grateful Dead bandleader's side project, the Jerry Garcia Band. Dead tunes will be few, but plenty of R&B, Dylan and Beatles covers should be on tap as hippie dancers invade hipster territory. Long-time Grateful Dead hour host David Gans opens the show with his one-man band act. Stonefed will also perform.
Friday and Saturday: Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons will play Friday and Saturday at The State Room. Tickets still on sale for both nights to see the rocking songwriter and his main project. He was in Park City last month with his side group, Stockholm Syndrome.
Also Saturday, psuedo-punkers Good Charlotte will be at In The Venue while '80s rockers The English Beat hit The Depot.
Sunday night New Orleans funksters Galactic are at The Depot. Here they are playing "Heart of Steel."
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