An interesting handful of rock shows await as this week gets under way. Ranging from outlaw country to old-school indie rock, there are some really worthwhile gigs on tap - and more on the way. Let's look at the best options.
Putting on your cowboy boots to go to a rock show might seem incongruous to some, but not if you're a fan of Shooter Jennings and his overtly rocking style of country. You know who Shooter's dad was, and if so, you probably know what to expect. This should be a rowdy good time at The Depot. Tickets are $20 and Ghostowne opens the 9 p.m. gig.
On Tuesday, The State Room hosts New York-by-way of Seattle folkie Rosie Thomas for a headlining gig on Wednesday night. Music starts at 8 p.m. with openers Ivan and Alyosha. Tickets are $12 and availabe at TSR's website.
Another option Wednesday night features indie-rock vets Brian Jonestown Massacre returning to the Urban Lounge for a 10 p.m. show. Led by Anton Newcombe, and still making good, relevant albums, these guys have a sterling reputation as a live act. Openers are The Blue Angel Lounge. Tickets start at $17 and are available at 24tix.com.
Aside from rock music, there are two performances of the Utah Opera's presentation of the venerable John Steinbeck classic "Of Mice and Men." Those shows, on Monday and Wednesday, both start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at arttix.org.
Also, this week, the Salt Lake Bees return home starting Tuesday night for an eight-game homestand Tickets are on sale at smithstix.com.