A cool weekend - literally and figuratively - starts tonight with a host of fine options. Let's examine the highlights.
Starting Thursday night, you can get your mid-90s groove on when teen rockers turned where-are-they-now rockers Hanson hit The Depot. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets remain on sale stating at $25 at smithstix.com.
A potentially terrific show at a less-than-optimal venue arrives Saturday when freaky indie-rockers extraordinaire The Flaming Lips arrive. The Lips are a guaranteed good time and their bizarre antics and killer songs are the reasons why. Frontman Wayne Coyne is a must-see. Too bad the show's timing clashes hard against the annual BYU-Utah football game. A lot of folks won't leave their house Saturday night until that game's decided. Tickets are $33.
And if you want a more old-fashioned way to shake your booty on Saturday, Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band plays The State Room. These guys are old-school roots rock with a high-energy danceable vibe. By all accounts, these guys are a terrific live show. Tickets are $15 and still available for the 9 p.m. show. Here they are playing "Your Cousin's On COPS." http://youtu.be/DcDFpH-VdNQ
And at the Utah State Fair, the state finals of the Texaco Country Showdown are Thursday night while fans of crooners should check out Midtown Men when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday. All day Saturday is an intriguing Mexican folklore show. Should be a good time. And don't forget the Fair wraps up Sunday.
And on Sunday, the last good time to see outdoor music in the mountains is available in the form of Keller Williams. For those who don't know, the Virginia-based acoustic guitarist is a consumate entertainer and uses crazy loops and samples to keep a crowd up and dancing. This will be a treat. Check out Keller getting loopy on "Breathe." http://youtu.be/dMONzLf8VvA
Follow Salt Lake Magazine's arts/entertainment writer Scott Murphy on Twitter @murphyinfo.