Although football season and school are both just around the corner, Salt Lake's music calendar still retains its hectic, mid-summer pace. And while some of this weekend's options are less than stellar, there is plenty to choose from depending on your music tastes. Let's review them, shall we?
Thursday night has a couple of sterling options - albeit in totally different realms. At the Twilight Concert Series, funky dance partiers Ghostland Observatory headline one of the few Pioneer Park gigs that I'm genuinely excited about. As always, the show is free and music starts at 7 p.m. with New York's Phantogram.
Check out Ghostland Observatory right here:
A gentleman who is an 85-year-old living legend and sitting near the top of a short list of all-time most influential guitarists hits the Gallivan Center at 7:30 p.m. King does a lot more story telling than he used too and spends less time making his trademark Gibson 335, "Lucille" cry and moan for all she's worth, but when he really gets after it, there's never really been anybody better. Tickets are $30 plus fees and are at smithstix.com.
The Pimps of Joytime return to The State Room for a soulful, funky show. Tickets are still on sale. A good time also awaits at The Urban Lounge on Friday when Tapes n' Tapes headline a gig with The Chain Gang of 1974 opening. Check out Tapes 'n Tapes right here:
Three generally uninteresting shows occur simultaneously Saturday in the form of Melissa Etheridge at Deer Valley, pop-country stars Sugarland hitting USANA, fresh off a tragic event in Indiana, and '80s Christian music icon Amy Grant singing at Kingsbury Hall. Etheridge tickets start at $40. To Grant's credit, her show is a cancer benefit so the $65 tickets is relatively understandable.
Sugarland tickets start at $25.
Saturday's most appealing option is likely the MarchFourth Marching Band at The Canyons in Park City. This is a free show and will be a guaranteed upbeat, good time. These guys have played The State Room earlier this year and apparently provided quite the fun evening. Here they are from 2009's Burning Man Festival.
The big ticket item of the weekend is Sunday night's rescheduled Adele concert, which will now be at Gallivan Center. It's tough to think of anyone having a better year in the music business than the 21-year-old British soul singer. She's gone multi-platinum and her release "21" has spent most of the year camped out atop the charts. Even with nearly 4,000 extra tickets made available, this gig sold out (again) in about an hour, I'm told. I'm curious to see Adele, pictured above, first-hand, but am equally stoked to see Wanda Jackson sing for the second time this year. The 74-year-old Oklahoman leveled a State Room crowd back in March and I can't wait for another dose of rockabilly, yodeling and the irresistible fun and feistiness that Jackson provides. Also, your tickets for Adele's cancelled show at The Depot show back in February will be honored. Music starts at 7 p.m.
Also Sunday, up-and-coming singer Brandi Carlile hits Red Butte Garden. Carlile's proven she can draw big time at The State Room, and it'll be interesting to see if this mid-season add-on gig at RBG also sells well. Ivan and Alyosha open the show, which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30.
Here's Brandi's video for "That Year."