Starting Thursday night, there's plenty of world-class indie rock descending upon Salt Lake City. Let's examine the best options.
At The State Room, Portland rockers Blitzen Trapper headline an 8 p.m. gig. The band, touring behind its solid 2011 release, "American Goldwing" a fine album that didn't get as much hype as it deserved. The Parson Red Heads open the show and tickets remain on sale for $15.
Another top-flight indie rock band hits SLC on Friday night,when concert-goers can head over to Kingsbury Hall for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, pictured above. They are fresh off an appearance at Pioneer Park last summer and will play a 7:30 p.m. show. These guys provide a high-energy gig filled with interesting songs. The opener is Rocco DeLuca.
For Disney fans and the theatrically inclined, "The Beauty and The Beast" continues its run at the Capitol Theatre with 7:30 p.m. performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available at arttix.org.
Over at Abravanel Hall, a fine evening of music starts at 8 p.m. Friday as the Utah Symphony presents Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 3," featuring pianist Stephen Hough. Guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth will be on hand and will also lead the Symphony through performances of Wagner's "Prelude to Die Meistersinger," and Elgar's "Enigma Variations." If you miss this Friday, there's also a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Also Friday, local rockers Royal Bliss will headline a big night of rock at The Depot starting at 8 p.m. Friday. Starmy, King Niko and The Suicycles are opening the concert. Tickets are $20 at the door.