While there's not a major festival to distract us this weekend - UtahArts Festival was well attended despite the heat - there are several worthwhile diversions available as we prep for the big Fourth of July holiday next week - and work to stay cool.

On Thursday night, the Gallivan Center hosts the Americana band Avett Brothers, pictured above. Hailing from North Carolina, this group seamlessly blends pop elements with old-time sounds for a unique sound. They sincerely work hard as a live act to try and ensure everyone's impressed - which is generally what happens. It's also exciting to note their album "The Carpenter" hits in September, so long-time fans can expect some new tunes as well as old faves. This is one of the more attractive concerts at Gallivan this summer, which in its revamped form is a ton of fun. Tickets remain on sale at smithstix.com.

Friday night would be a good time to head into Park City's Wasatch Brew Pub for the hard-fired country rock of local faves, Triggers & Slips. Led by solid singer/songwriter Morgan Snow, these guys put on a no-frills performance that is almost guaranteed to impress. Tickets will be available at the door. 

And finally on Sunday night, surf-rock guitar legend Dick Dale headlines a show at Liquid Joe's. If you grew up reading rock guitar magazines like yours truly, you've been schooled about Dale's six-string greatness for many a moon. And even though he's now 75, the lefty can still rip it up in his signature, singular style. And what better way to kick off your July than by dancing to some classic summer sounds? 

Tickets are $20 for the 7 p.m. gig and remain on sale through smithstix.com.