OK, by now you know you're going to the ArtsFest, but unless you're volunteering there or get left there by your friends, chances are you're going to want to do something else this weekend as well - as summer has literally and figuratively arrived.
On Friday night - the best band you may never have heard of: Richmond Fontaine. These unassuming Portland guys, pictured above, write some of the best material around, play with chops, conviction and have a country-rock sound that's at once familiar and unique.
So why are they so damn obscure? I have no clue as to what they're doing wrong in the marketing realm, but musically, they are doing just fine.
Go check them out at The State Room. I dare you to hate it. Tickets are $14 and remain on sale at thestateroomslc.com.
Check out Fontaine playing one of their more accessible songs "Post to Wire."
For fans of aging pop-rock divas, Sheryl Crow entertains the masses at Red Butte Garden. This one sold out during its 'members-only' phase, so good luck seeing her if you don't have a ticket.
Tuneful indie-rocker Bill Callahan is down at The State Room on Saturday night. However, the real rocking action is at The Urban Lounge when still-going-strong punk icons The Meat Puppets led by the Brothers Kirkwood pay a visit. This will be a treat. Music starts at 10 p.m. They're out touring behind their solid latest release, "Lollipop."
Here are the Puppets back in '07 playing "Violet Eyes" from 1994's "Too High To Die."
And Sunday night, The Depot welcomes the right wing's best guitar player: Ted Nugent. Regardless of your political leanings, Uncle Ted will likely rock you into next week with nuggets like "Stranglehold" and "Free for All."
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