As I wrote late last week, The Shins and Bon Iver are launching the Red Butte Garden concert series with sold-out gigs Monday and Tuesday - maybe to the dismay of some.
What else is shaking on the holiday and the back-to-work week? Let's look.
On Monday night, if the backyard barbecues aren't too tempting, a good bet for some cool sounds will be to head down to In The Venue and check out the edgy indie-flavored hip-hop of Santigold. This music is sort of trancy and very catchy. Santigold seems to be destined to be a bigger star and relatively soon. Tickets remain on sale at smithstix.com.
One of the summer's bigger local arena shows arrives Wednesday when chart-toppers du jour, LMFAO, headline a five-band gig at Maverik Center. These guys, who are related to Motown Records exec Barry Gordy, were tapped to play the Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year and offer energetic pop-styled hip-hop. Far East Movement, The Quest Crew and Sidney Samson are the openers for the 7 p.m. show. Ticketmaster.com is handling admission for this show.
And also Wednesday night, New Orleans guitar slinger Tab Benoit, pictured above, brings his bluesy set through The State Room. Benoit is a returning performer at TSR and blues is always a relatively infrequent treat here in Utah, so blues fans should be sure and circle this gig. Tickets are $20 and available at The State Room's website.