With a wet, spring weekend on tap, let's consider your strongest entertainment options.
The concert season is beginning to heat up and there is good music all the way through this weekend. Starting Thursday night at The State Room, Civil Twilight, an indie-folk act with South African roots, headlines an 8 p.m. gig. SLC folkie - and guaranteed good time - David Williams is the opener. Tickets are $14 and remain on sale.
Also, at the Urban Lounge on Thursday night indie-rock darlings Real Estate headline a gig. The fuzzy sounding New Jersey band has already released a fine record this year called "Days," that's well worth hearing if you haven't already. Although there seems to be an endless stream of sound-alike indie rock bands, this band deserves praise for its melodies and smooth harmonies. Tickets are still available at 24tix.com.
Salt Lake audiences have two chances to see Mozart's haunting "Requiem" performed at Abravanel Hall. The Utah Symphony Chorus will be on hand to vocalize the haunting melodies. Guest conductor Bernard Labadie will lead the music, which will also include Haydn's "Symphony No. 101, "The Clock." This should be a great night. Tickets remain available.
On Saturday night, rootsy women Blame Sally headlines a 7 p.m. (note the early start time) with beloved SLC folkie Kate McLeod opening the show. This should be a good chance to dance on a Saturday night - something that is always good for the soul. The State Room is still selling tickets for this gig.
And finally Sunday night, The State Room is bringing in Lambchop, a Nashville based alt-country band that writes terrific songs and has a haunting vibe on record. Led by frontman Kurt Wagner, the group, pictured above, is touring behind "Mr. M" which continues the band's penchant for moody, thoughtful music. This is a sleeper gig on a night that a lot of people don't like to go out, but trust me when I tell you these guys are worth a sluggish Monday to see. Music starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are still on sale. Also, the buzz-tastic SLC band The Folka Dots open the concert.