The early part of the week offers two concerts from vastly different worlds, courtesy of the flamenco stars Gipsy Kings and goth legend Peter Murphy.
GIPSY KINGS, RED BUTTE GARDEN, Monday, 7:30 p.m., $60
I had heard OF the Gipsy Kings for years before I actually HEARD the Gipsy Kings. The combination of two bands of Spanish brothers, born in France to parents who had fled there during the Spanish Civil War, is most famous in my house for doing the flamenco-fired, bowling alley-set version of “Hotel California” in The Big Lebowski. I’ve seen them a couple of times since that flick came out, and obviously they are much more than clever cover artists. The vocal interplay and impressive guitar-work appeals to my music-geek side, and seriously, how can anyone resist the sound of poppy flamenco delivered by skilled guys like the Gipsy Kings?
PETER MURPHY, THE URBAN LOUNGE, Tuesday, 9 p.m., $25 advance/$30 day of show
The idea that a figure like Peter Murphy can play a show in a place the size of The Urban Lounge is still a shock to me, weeks after first hearing about it. The singer of goth legends Bauhaus before enjoying a hugely successful solo career, Murphy played the giant Coachella music festival with Bauhaus just a couple years back, and he’s one of those artists that Utahns came to know and love in the ’80s thanks to several tour stops here and the omnipresence of Murphy’s songs on the old KJQ and then-new X96. A legendary live performer, this show has the potential to be one for the ages with a couple-hundred of your closest friends. OURS and Michael Shapiro open the show.
Dan Nailen has written about music, arts and culture in and around Salt Lake City for Salt Lake magazine, The Salt Lake Tribune and Salt Lake City Weekly since 1998. He's currently a contributor to saltlakemagazine.com, and you can find more of his work at SLCene.com.