A whole host of musical options await this weekend. And the weather should remain just about perfect. Let's look at some of the highlights and a few things worth passing by:
Thursday night, '90s rockers Toad the Wet Sprocket play at Gallivan Center, the first of three shows there this weekend. Tickets are $25 and remain on sale.
A more countrified option is Thursday at The State Room when famed Nashville picker Darrell Scott makes a rare stop in SLC along with his brothers. Tickets are $25 and there is also a dinner option available with The State Room's nearby neighbor, Sapa for $40.
On Friday, bluegrass mandolin icon Sam Bush will also be at the new Gallivan Center in a free show. This was originally slated for June 9, but was postponed because of construction issues. For folks who turn up their noses at bluegrass - and you know who you are - Bush is still worth investigating. He always tours with a drummer - a bluegrass heresy - and usually is good for a batch of Bob Marley covers and maybe even some Led Zep or other rock radio staple. Bush knows how to entertain a crowd.
Saturday provides a chance for fans of '90s rockers Stone Temple Pilots to see the band in a 1,000-seat hall as they make their Wendover debut at the Peppermill Concert Hall. Tickets are $40 and remain on sale.
Also Saturday night, video wunderkind Chris Isaak and road warriors Blues Traveller will be at Spring Mobile Ballpark starting at 6:30 p.m. This is a relatively rare chance to see music at the ballpark and should be a fun night.
And if you end up down in Utah County, you could check out '70s rockers Kansas at American Fork High School. Tickets start at $16 for adults and $8 for children ages 9 to 16.
Over at the Urban Lounge, Maus Haus performs Saturday along with Night Sweats and Palace of Buddies. Tickets are $8.
And Sunday night, North Carolina's bluegrass pop-rockers The Avett Brothers will play at Gallivan. Tickets are $35. The Avetts are seemingly a love/hate proposition and while I haven't seen them before - which is apparently essential - I'm curious to see how the sometimes gushy lyrics blend with the impressive harmonies and downhome twang. Watch for a review here early Monday.
And speaking of the Gallivan Center, don't forget Friday is when additional tickets are released for Adele's makeup show. These extra 4,000 or so seats will probably go as quickly as the first 1,000 did when this was slated for The Depot. (Adele currently has two albums in the Top 40) If I were going, I wouldn't dawdle. Adele's chart-topping exploits and soulful voice are quite well known, so I'll mention the following: As a bonus, living legend Wanda Jackson's been added as the opener. Jackson played a downright stunning show at The State Room back in March and her album, "The Party Ain't Over," produced by Jack White, is worth picking up as well.