An interesting mix of boogie and culture all transpire this weekend. Let's look at our best bets.
On Saturday night, Colorado bluegrass-based rockers Leftover Salmon make their second straight wintertime SLC stop at The Depot. Led by engaging frontman Vince Herman and red-hot mandolin picker Drew Emmitt. This promises to be a fun Saturday night with lots of dancing and LOS is known for throwing in fun, random covers that everyone knows. Tickets are $20 in advance and remain on sale.
And Friday fans of moody dance sounds and big beats can head to the Salt Air for Bassnectar's show. Tickets are $30 and available at smithstix.com.
Also, Pygmalion Theatre Company resumes its production Thursday night of "Seven" at the Rose Wagner Theatre. The production features the stories of seven women from countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Cambodia and Northern Ireland. The 90-minute performance is guaranteed to be thought-provoking. Tickets for multiple weekend shows continuing through Sunday are on sale at arttix.org.
And the Utah Symphony offers another great-looking program in what continues to be a strong season of performances as Brahms Symphony No. 1 leads the bill Friday and Saturday night. The symphony's principal violinist Brant Bayless will be featured during a performance of Toru Takemitsu's "A String Around Autumn." Tickets remain on sale for both 8 p.m. performances.
And finally don't forget that a great chance to enjoy, embrace and learn more about the legacy of famed outdoors writer Edward Abbey and legendary artist R. Crumb takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday as the Gould Auditorium in the Marriot Library on the University of Utah campus. Ken Sanders will speak about Abbey's impact on the modern environmental movement in honor of a new donation of Abbey writings the library has recently received. This should be a fun afternoon and the event is free.