Multiple good options are available to the night crowd this weekend, so let's see what the coolest of the cool choices are.
Let's start with The State Room, where buzztastic band Alabama Shakes headline Thursday night in a sold-out gig. While I surprised, I'm also impressed that a band with little to no radio play and making their first trek to SLC sells out a concert in advance. Local country rockers The Trappers open the 8 p.m. concert. Check out a video of the Shakes right here:
Also Friday night, as part of City Weekly's annual band competition, check out country rockers Bronco and The Trappers, fresh off their previously mentioned gig, will be at Burt's Tiki Lounge for a late-night of rock 'n' roll starting after 9 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.
And Friday at The State Room, mandolin legend David Grisman will front his Bluegrass Experience project for what should be a fun night of tunes starting at 9 p.m. If you like good bluegrass and virtuoso playing, this is where you'll find yourself. Tickets are still available.
And finally Friday, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony will be performed by the Utah Symphony. This will likely be the best attended of the ongoing countdown of the Greatest Composer's symphonies, so get your tickets early. A performance is also slated for Saturday night at Abravanel Hall.
And finally Saturday, Philly indie-rockers Dr. Dog will headline at The Urban Lounge. Tickets were going fast as of Thursday morning, so don't dawdle if you want to be there. These guys harmonize like angels and are intense performers. Purling Hiss opens the show, which should start about 9:30 p.m. Expect a raucous crowd.