A red-hot week of music options should easily match the red-hot temperatures this week.
Let's start with the discerning music fan's favorite concert of the year: Wilco. The Chicago based band, pictured above, is in its 18th year and shows no signs of disrupting their reign as arguably the nation's finest band and easily one of its strongest live acts. Tickets were snapped up for the Red Butte Garden concert on Monday night at 7 p.m. almost immediately—as were the surprising release of a few additional seats earlier this month—as SLC ended its impatient wait for the band's return, just two months from being four years on the nose.
Wilco, led by its satirical and witty frontman Jeff Tweedy, is aided these days by the guitar pyrotechnics of Nils Cline and a songbook second to none in modern rock, which includes their 2011 album, "The Whole Love." It should be a great night - as usual. As I mentioned, tickets are all spoken for, but there might be a few for sale in front of the gate starting at 6 p.m. Blitzen Trapper, which will be a bonus treat.
Also, this week, on Tuesday night there are two compelling music choices on tap as veteran country musician Glen Campbell brings his "Goodbye Tour" through Sandy and reggae icon Jimmy Cliff hits Red Butte Garden. Talk about coinflip time. Seeing as how Campbell sang my favorite song when I was 5, "Rhinestone Cowboy" and Cliff has a tremendous songbook, including "I Can See Clearly Now," and "Sitting in Limbo," there's no wrong way to go. Campbell might have a slight advantage because Cliff seems to be a more regular touring artist now and this appears to be Campbell's last time through.