While this weekend isn't quite the visit from the musical dream fairies the past week or so has been, there are still some exemplary reasons to get out. Let's sample the highlights, shall we?
The Twilight Concert Series continues Thursday with Conor Oberst, the terrific singer/songwriter who calls himself Bright Eyes. Lately, I've started to think this act is sort of polarizing in that I tend to meet people who either love or hate Oberst, with few in between. I'm in the former category as I think it's not debatable that Oberst is one of the best songwriters of his generation. Here's a cool song call "Shell Games" from his latest, "The People's Key."
Also Thursday, there will be dance-tastic double-bill at Red Butte Garden when G Love and Special Sauce headline as the highly touted, high-energy act of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue opens. This will be the relatively rare show at Red Butte where I suspect most of the crowd is on its feet for most of the night, and if the last G Love show at Red Butte is any indication, this will be a "smelly" affair. Tickets remain on sale.
And a songwriter with few equals hits The State Room for his third show there this year as Robert Earl Keen and his white-hot band headline. Keen, a relentless tourer, is in these parts for the annual Braun Bros. Reunion Festival up in Challis, Idaho. The State Room will provide a much calmer atmosphere to catch up with Keen and his vast songbook that touches on everything from drug-crazed wolves to retired criminals. After Keen sold out two concerts in January, I'm a bit surprised tickets are on sale for Saturday, but they are.
Also Saturday, the Australian rockers John Butler Trio will be at Kingsbury Hall in a gig that was originally set for Pioneer Park. Butler's an engaging frontman, and provides a well-done show. This is a largely under-the-radar option, but a good one.
And finally, an interesting double-bill awaits Sunday night at Red Butte Garden when former young blues star, now veteran act, Jonny Lang headlines while the old-school Florida soul sounds of JJ Grey and Mofro return for a second straight year. Tickets start at $38 and are still available.