EVE, VARIOUS VENUES, Saturday, Dec. 29 to Monday, Dec. 31, various times, $15
Salt Lake City's three-day lead-up to a New Year's Eve midnight fireworks show has gone through changes every year of its existence, changing venues and focus as it tries to find its footing as an annual community event Utahns can really get behind. This year, the changes mean highlighting great music at the Gallivan Center, and that seems like a solid move, as does having Casey Jarman of the Salt Lake Arts Council--the man who books the acts at the summertime Twilight Concert Series--in charge of the music. The result is a three-day lineup that has a little something for everyone, from the New Orleans soul, funk and jazz of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to the alt-folk of Blind Pilot, from local favorites like David Williams and No Nation Orchestra to a grand finale featuring dance-worthy alt-rockers !!!
Add some special events at the Clark Planetarium, Discovery Gateway children's museum, the Leonardo and other venues around the Gallivan and downtown, and you have the makings of the best EVE yet. And at $15 for three days of access, it's a pretty screaming deal, too.