Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit play The State Room FridayDespite a slow start this week, even a cursory glance at the rest of June - starting with this weekend - shows the summer concert season will commence its annual blur during the next several weeks, just as it should.
The top picks this weekend are as follows:
Friday: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will play The State Room for the third time in three years (and SLC for the fourth time in four years). That seems like a lot, but these guys are always worth it. Isbell is touring behind his excellent release from earlier this year "Here We Rest." And while Isbell's other two solo releases are fine, I'm stoked to hear songs off this release. Tickets remain on sale and are available at www.thestateroomslc.org.
Saturday: Langhorne Slim and Samantha Crain bring their tour to The Urban Lounge for what should be an inspired night of indie rock. Langhorne Slim seems destined to become a bigger star in the not-so-distant future and this may the last chance to see him in such an intimate venue.
Sunday: In what will be the first actual Red Butte Garden show of the summer (The Moody Blues' May 29 gig was relocated to NuSkin Theatre at EnergySolutions Arena because of gas line repair work), Big Head Todd and The Monsters perform. But the real reason to go to this gig is the opener, reggae legends Toots and the Maytals. The weather should be dry, albeit a tad cool, but certainly manageable
Keep in mind, those are just the highlights: Other options include:
Black Country Communion features blues-rock guitar-slinger Joe Bonnamassa at The Depot. Tickets remain on sale for this show in what promises to be an evening of BCC originals, along with tasty covers from Zep and Deep Purple tunes. The band is fronted by former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath member Glenn Hughes and features drummer Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zep drummer John Bonham.
Also Friday, the charming pop duo of Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr. will be at Kilby Court for an all-ages show with tickets starting at $10.
And Saturday is a big deal if for no other reason than the Gallivan Center finally re-opens after its 2010 renovation. The downside? Former Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk is the headline act for this re-opening along with local rockers Royal Bliss. Folks of a certain age like myself probably heard Live's bigger-than-big '90s smash "Lightning Crashes," more than enough times to suffice for this lifetime - and maybe the hereafter, as well.
And for non-musical options, the Salt Lake Bees are in town this weekend for a weekend homestand against the Fresno Grizzlies. And over at the Green Pig on 400 South, they're having a grand opening party for its new patio. Should be a blast.
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