Now we've officially and effectively left winter behind, the 'nasty weather' excuse to stay inside should also be less effective. Let's take a look at our options.

Monday night offers up one of the premier nights of the Jazz at the Sheraton 2010-11 season when bassist Christian McBride hits town with his group, Inside Straight.

McBride, 38, is one of a precious few truly innovative purveyors of modern jazz on the scene along with his top-flight band. The bassist, along with a pianist, sax player, drums and vibes will play Salt Lake in support of the group's 2009 release, "Kind of Brown."

Despite his rather young age, the Philadelphia native is widely considered one of the genre's most important bassists. Form your own opinion Monday night at the Sheraton during what should be one of the best nights of the year in SLC for jazz. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets remain on sale and start at $25 plus fees at

Here's predicting there are a ton of women in their late 30s and early 40s who either call in sick or wish they had on Wednesday morning. Why? Because '80s hair-metal king and perennial heartthrob Jon Bon Jovi plays EnergySolutions Arena on Tuesday night. While I've always had a soft place in my heart for their older rockers including "You Give Love A Bad Name," and "Runaway," some of Bon Jovi's schmaltzier stuff like "Livin' On A Prayer," and "I'll Be There For You" leave me quite cold.

But like everyone else, I can't argue with their success.

They've been top-selling concert draws since Ronald Reagan's second term and show no signs of faltering. Regardless of what you think about their music, they've sold millions of records, have devout fans and are about as far from playing the state-fair circuit as anyone who came to fame in 1983 can be. Tickets start at $16.50 and remain on sale at

Also this week, indie-rockers Menomena play Kilby Court on Tuesday, while The Depot brings '80s stars O.M.D. into town on Wednesday.

Hippie favorites Railroad Earth along with Infamous Stringdusters will be at Park City's Harry O's on Wednesday night. RRE writes some good songs and have wonderfully skilled instrumentalists in violinist Tim Carbone and mandolin player John Skehan. And don't forget you can catch the Stringdusters on Tuesday at The State Room.

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