Shall we go?
As I mentioned in this space earlier this week, one of the better contemporary touring options on the alt-country scene hits Salt Lake City in the person of up-and-coming troubadour Justin Townes Earle. Opening is Dawn Landes. Show starts at 8. It's a sell-out, but if you really want in, there are almost always a few tickets to be located around show time at The State Room. (And speaking of The State Room, Saturday night's soiree with The Mother Hips has been postponed due a family issue for one of the band members.)
Friday brings some wildly different options including "Bravo Broadway, The Wicked Divas" at Abravnel. This run-through of recent Broadway show-stoppers will be an entertaining diversion. Pops conductor Jerry Steichen will preside and vocals will be provided by guest artists Stephanie J. Block and Julia Murney.
A very different option is at The State Room on Friday as PechaKucha is on tap. The one-of-a-kind gathering gives presenters 6 minutes and 40 seconds to run through a slideshow. It's designed to impress and inspire. Architects and photographers are the usual suspects at these events. Intrigued? Ditto.
However, the heavyweight temptation Friday is to drop everything and head for The Depot to see Public Enemy. It's a pity that because of a strange, misogynist VH1 show many younger people are likely more familiar with the name Flava Flav than that of Chuck D. People who have knowledge of hip-hop and its early days don't make that mistake. Some of us are old enough to remember a time before NWA, before Wu-Tang Clan and way before Jay-Z, that PE was arguably the biggest group in rap. The jammy funksters Karl Denson's Tiny Universe are the openers. Denson's an alumni of The Greyboy All-Stars. An added bonus is former Ozomatli member Chalie 2na will open the 8 p.m. show. The Depot should be charged up for this one. Tickets are still on sale via smithtix.com
Here's some recent work from Public Enemy:
If PE seems like too-intense of a Friday night, fans of toe-tapping roots-rock can roll into The Bar Deluxe and see country-rockers Murder By Death. This Indiana-based band is in its 11th year and have built up a steady following over the years.
Also on Friday mega R&B star Ke$ha will hit The Salt Air. Wow Top 40 music, a sweaty, largely underage crowd at a venue with tough sightlines and long bar lines - all sandwiched inside at least a one-hour car trip. What's not to like?
See ya out there somewhere, hopefully. Meanwhile, don't forget you can follow me on Twitter at murphyinfo. I pop in there fairly frequently each day with concert announcements, tidbits and the occasional observation.