Fleet Foxes play Red Butte Garden Friday NightAnother summer weekend means another busy hectic slate of musical options. A huge gig at Pioneer Park on Thursday, followed by two nights of shows at Red Butte - one uber-hip, one not so much - but both are sell-outs. And it's Pioneer Day on Sunday, to boot. And you get your parade vibe on at various locales, but the big one's not until Monday. Tons to do, let's look at the highlights:
Tonight, it's arguably one of the most anticipated gigs of the entire Twilight Concert Series: The Decemberists. Virtually every one you talk to expects 40,000 people to show up. And I just hope it's not anymore than that. If you go, go early and look out for you and yours. Public safety concerns aside, people will actually be at this concert for the music - unlike last week's gig - as well as to walk around, and upload photos of themselves drinking beer in the sunshine to their Facebook page.
In case you don't know what the fuss is about, The Decemberists are one of the bigger indie-rock bands out there. The Portland, Ore., group is rootsy, very acerbic, and quite good. Assuming the crowds stay under control, this should be a great night. Music starts at 7 p.m., with Typhoon. Here are The Decemberists from an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's show earlier this year:
On Friday night, one of the other biggest indie-rock bands around, Fleet Foxes play a sold-out show at Red Butte Garden. Lots of people are more excited about this gig than any other at RBG this summer. I wouldn't go quite that far, but I do love the Fleets and I'm sure this will be a big time. Here is their video for "Grown Ocean" from their latest album, "Helplessness Blues."
Also Friday and Saturday, over at The Garage on Beck Street is old-school soul rocker Andre Williams. These gigs will be a treat. A living legend of the low-key variety, reports indicate his show at the Urban Lounge last August was a blast. Tickets are available at Stoneground for $12.
Fans of well-done, country-rock are in for a treat this weekend as singer-songwriters Dave Alvin and James McMurtry join forces for what should be an epic double bill at The State Room. Between the two of them, they've got more tales of heartache and bittersweet melodies than any other concert bill you'll see all year. Tickets for Saturday are gone, but there are tickets still available for Sunday.
The Steve Miller Band will be playing their radio staples from the 1970s up at Red Butte. Too bad this show wasn't on Father's Day, this is a dad-rock classic. And truth be told, were I to go, I'd be up there singing "Jet Airliner," just like everyone else. This concert is sold out.
Also Sunday night, Matisyahu plays his hip-hop reggae jams over at The Complex. Tickets start at $20 and remain on sale.
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