I guess there was no logical reason to think this weekend would give concertgoers any type of reprieve from what's been a hectic July of terrific tunes. But as someone still tired out from what's been a busy, busy month I caught myself hoping that there would only a few things one absolutely had to check out during the next 96 hours. Ha ha.
Here we go with the best options for you and yours:
Another Thursday, another cool hipster favorite will grace the stage at Pioneer Park as part of the ongoing free Twilight Concert Series when Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros play along with The Entrance Band. The good news is there is no reason to expect 36,000 folks to fill the park like last week, so fans of this group can probably enjoy a relatively mellow night. Here's hoping the moshers and annoyingly prevalent body surfers stay home and do whatever it is those guys do at home.
Fans of extended versions of songs and dancing (remember, we don't use the "j-band" term around here - it's used way too much everywhere else and doesn't really tell you much) have good reason to spend both Thursday and Friday at The State Room as the Thursday concert features Cornmeal and Elephant Revival while The Mother Hips hit TSR on Friday. Tickets remain on sale for both night. Get them at The State Room's website.
Under-the-radar Texas legend Alejandro Escovedo hits The Canyons at 6 p.m. Saturday for a free gig. Escovedo is virtually a national treasure, with a ton of good songs to his credit (and even outsized fan and occasional onstage partner in Bruce Springsteen). I'd go to this in Park City even if they were charging $40. For free? Well, there's no way I won't be there. Here's one of my favorite songs from the Texas troubadour, "Castanets."
An unfortunate clash between two fine acts that likely share a lot of fans occurs Sunday when Roseanne Cash plays Deer Valley and Lyle Lovett entertains at Red Butte Garden. Both have fine, mature versions of great country music in their repertoire and for a fan of real country like myself, this night represents a coin-toss situation. Either way, you win.
Where will you be this weekend? Share with us who you're most excited to see in the comments section below.
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