The first half of the week features a show by a returning, conquering heroine of adult-pop, and one of the hottest young British bands going right now.
NORAH JONES, RED BUTTE GARDEN, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Sold Out
When Norah Jones stopped at Red Butte Garden when she was touring in support of her monster-selling, multiple-Grammy-winning breakthrough album Come Away With Me, it was a big moment for the venue. Jones’ appearance led to tons of new people becoming members of the Garden in order to swoop on some tickets, and probably showed the Powers That Be that current, hot artists would be worth adding to the mix of old favorites that typically make up the Red Butte lineup. I went to that first show, and it was a bit sleepy for my taste–even the AC/DC cover was mellow–but Jones has gone on to make increasingly interesting music, collaborating with the likes of Danger Mouse and Willie Nelson, and doing country covers in a band called The Little Willies. Her latest album, Little Broken Hearts, should get a lot of attention at Tuesday’s show. Cory Chisel and the Wandering Songs open up. The show is sold out, but there will be scalpers outside the amphitheatre.
MUMFORD & SONS, SALTAIR, Wednesday, 8 p.m., $40
Still a month away from the release of their new album, Babel, English folkies Mumford & Sons come to town for one of the most-anticipated shows of the summer, at perhaps the most unlikely venue imaginable. The band has the sort of rabid fan following that American traditionalists the Avett Brothers enjoy, and they will be packing the Saltair space for sure. It’s been a while since I’ve been tempted by a show at the venerable old warehouse by the lake–it’s one of the least fan-friendly places to see a show in SLC, between the drive to Magna, being forced to pay to park and the horrible sightlines from the upstairs bar, but I heard a rumor this show might be outside on the beach. No word of that on the Saltair Web site, but lets hope it’s true. Nathaniel Rateliff and Slow Club open the all-ages 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.