Sure, it's Pioneer Day weekend, and there's lots of holiday-specific stuff to do. But if you're not into the hooplah-or even if you are-here are some weekend highlights not to be missed:
We said it before, and we'll say it again: Beirut will headline the Twilight Series concert in Pioneer Park. Think Balkan orchestral folk, if you can wrap your head around that. Twin Sister opens. Doors at 5:30.
Friday, July 23
Provo is THE place to be, as Utah's own Neon Trees takes the stage at Velour. (Band founders Tyler Glenn and Chris Allen are actually originally from Cali, but they both made their way to Provo before forming the Neon Trees.) Their new hit single Animal has been all over the airwaves and TV-it's the soundtrack for the Las Vegas commercial. Whatever. These guys are huge and getting bigger, so catch them at a cool little venue while you still can. Show starts at 7:30 PM.
Saturday, July 24
For an interesting-yet fun-way to commemorate Pioneer Day, why not check out Salt Lake Acting Company's Saturday's Voyeur? This year's musical satire is really funny, sometimes biting and definitely entertaining. Show starts at 8 PM.
Sunday, July 25
Being an American Idol castoff isn't the worst thing in the world; Josiah Leming is still out there, successfully doing his thing. The young (20 year-old?) Tennesee-native will be here Sunday with his folky, balladish, indie style. You don't have to be a teenage girl to appreciate him. Show starts at 7 PM at Kilby Court, SLC.
Watch him audition, here: