One of my favorite songwriters heads into Salt Lake City for a Tuesday night concert at The State Room. Ever since the venue opened in 2009, I've been hoping the stars would align for a Todd Snider show at SLC's best indoor venue. Finally, for those who don't know—or haven't been subjected to one of my longwinded vocal harangues about Snider's brilliance—I consider Snider the best songwriter of his generation and one of the 10 best rock/folk songsmiths of the past 50 years.
With a sense of humor and an apt feel for the bittersweet, Snider uses his songs and concerts to turn stereotypes about "folk" performers on their heads. A huge Rolling Stones fan, Snider is more rock 'n' roll than any folkie I've run across and a far more literate songwriter than most rock acts. The show's sold out, but I imagine a few ducats can be obtained out front about 8 p.m. as Colorado-based songwriter Reed Foehl opens the concert.
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And later Tuesday night, Colorado indie-rockers Tennis headline a 10 p.m. show at The Urban Lounge. I'm hoping I have some energy left to head over to the Urban for this one. I saw them earlier this year as part of a "Q" radio show taping show here in town and was blown away by vocalist Alaina Moore. This should be a fun late-night gig.
Also Tuesday, the Utah Jazz play a virtual playoff game against Phoenix at EnergySolutions Arena. The 8:30 p.m. tip is happening in honor of the game's national broadcast on TNT. Should be a classic. Tickets are at smithstix.com.