Winter has finally receded - at least below 5,000 feet elevation - and temps may actually hit 80 this weekend. What also should be ending is a complete lack of motivation to get out and enjoy the Salt Lake arts and music scene.
Meanwhile, Red Butte Garden's season is just two weeks away and the whole town seems like it's in a better mood now that we're finally free (for four or five months) of having to shovel sidewalks and scrape windshields.
Fictionist, the Provo band vying to get on the cover of Rolling Stone, (Am I the only guy who starts singing the Dr. Hook song "Cover of the Rolling Stone" every time he reads about this contest?) will be the opening band - and maybe the biggest draw - on a three-band bill at The Depot tonight. They're opening for The Janks and The Shivers during what should be a nice mix of rock from young bands. Tickets are $10 and remain on sale.
On the theatre side, "Urinetown" continues its run down at the Grand Theatre on the SLCC campus. Showtimes vary and there's a matinee on Saturday.
Also, Saturday you can your dance party on down at The Complex while Felix Cartal and Wolfgang Gartner DJ the night away.
Also Saturday, country legend Merle Haggard is out at West Wendover, Nev., at the Peppermill. This show had been listed as sold out, but apparently a few tickets have been released. If you want to hear country the way it's supposed to sound, this show fits the bill.
Rockers who had some hits a few years back, Jimmy Eats World, will be at In The Venue on Sunday night.
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