It's tough to picture the music fan who can look at the next four days and find nothing they want to check into. It's a wide-open selection of choices. So let's take a look:
The fun starts Thursday night with three distinct option. First up at The State Room for a return engagement, Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real bring their countryish, bluesy jams into town. Here's a live clip: See what you think (aside from the fact show talking is evil)
A really good reason to head for Park City awaits in Texas' Band of Heathens. These guys get compared to The Band (never a bad thing) and bring their own brand of twang and a batch of good lyrics. These guys are road warriors and well worth the drive to PC's Star Bar. It's a triple bill and starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets remain on sale and are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
And over at The Depot, '80s hitmaker Eddie Money rolls in. While many blanch at seeing nostalgia acts, here's thinking this show might be more fun than you'd suspect. If you grew up with a radio in your home, you'll know most of the songs - some by heart. Tickets are $30 at the door and it starts at 8 p.m.
Options are numerous on Friday: veteran punk-folker Michelle Shocked hits The State Room while the Baltimore indie folkers Wye Oak are over at Kilby Court. This bands gets regular airplay on KRCL and is a worthy listen. Wye Oak is touring behind its well-received album, "Civilian," released earlier this month.
One excellent option is over at The Woodshed when Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka rolls in. These country rockers are touring behind their strong release "Death of a Decade." If you haven't heard them, but like country-tinged rock, give this show a whirl. Tickets are $9 at the door. Check out Ha Ha Tonka singing "Carney Mountain" right here:
Country hit machines George Strait, Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack are at ESA on Saturday night. Tickets start at $48 and the music begins at 7 p.m.
If you like psychedelic rock, Japan's Acid Mothers Temple hits The Urban Lounge on Saturday. Something tells me this will be more fun than anyone expects it to be. Another good time awaits at The Saltair as Skrillex gets his electronic trance grooves on. This will likely be a dance party, in which SaltAir is as good a place to be as any, because you can almost never see the stage. Tickets start at $22 plus fees and are available at smithstix.com
Listen to their song "Kill Everybody" right here:
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