One of the few less-than-stellar music weekends is descending upon this weekend. But that's OK, because September's going to be so grand that you'll actually look back fondly on fair-to-middling weekends without so many compelling options. Don't believe me? Wait 'til we get there. Meanwhile, there are a few things worth checking into. So, let us look.
On Thursday, the final installment of the Twilight Concert Series takes place as hip-hop star Lupe Fiasco headlines with Big K.R.I.T. down at Pioneer Park. This should be a hot, sweaty good time. And it's your last chance to party in the park until next July, so don't take missing this very lightly. Come February, you'll wish you had gone. Seriously. Check out Lupe right here with his song "Out Of My Head."
Friday and Saturday, legendary guitarist Leo Kotke plays two intimate shows at the Egyptian Theatre. Simply put, it's hard to see a better guitarist than Kotke. This promises to be two terrific evenings. Tickets start at $30 and are still on sale. Check out Leo playing an ABB classic, "Little Martha." http://youtu.be/iQNCTJ6cUmI
On Saturday, up at The Canyons, veteran roots-rockers The BoDeans play a free gig at 6 p.m. The Wisconsin-based band is touring behind a new release, "Indigo Dreams."
On Friday, local indie-funksters Laserfang play the Urban Lounge along with No Nation Orchestra and Palace of Buddies. The video below is from a 2010 show at The Urban Lounge - funky! There was no ticket info online that I could locate, but there will almost certainly be tickets available at the door. Show starts at 10 p.m.
And folkies should take note that even though Friday night's State Room show featuring The Weepies is sold out, there are generally a few tickets made available by various people before the show out front. If nothing else, it's an excuse to grab a beer at The Bayou and see how your luck's running.
Tickets remain on sale for Saturday's State Room gig featuring Virginia's Carbon Leaf and Chamberlin. This is a grab-bag show blending Americana, folk and Southern Rock influences. Sounds tempting, eh? The show's at 9 p.m. Check out Carbon Leaf right here:
Also Sunday, musical prowess of the highest order will hit Red Butte Garden when '70s fusion maestros Return To Forever headline a gig with Zappa Plays Zappa opening up. Frank's kid Dweezil plays guitar in this ongoing tribute to his pop's music. And for those who don't know Zappa's work features some amazingly daunting guitar. Should be a killer night. Tickets start at $48.
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