Don't let the holiday blitz fool you, this is a really good weekend for live music in Utah's capital. Starting Thursday and rolling all the way through Sunday evening. Let's examine our numerous options.
First up, let's look at the Urban Lounge's Thursday night triple-bill featuring The Trappers and Someone Still Loves, You Boris Yeltsin opening for Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka. The alt-country quartet writes good songs are strong vocalists as evidenced on their disc from earlier this year, "Death of a Decade." KRCL has played that disc a lot this year so don't be surprised if their songs are more familiar than you expect. Should be a good time and tickets are $12 for the tour's opening show. Here are they are singing "Usual Suspects."
Another big time can be had both Thursday and Friday at The State Room as Ozomatli, pictured above, lands in SLC for a two-night stand that promises to be a high-energy dance party well worth the price of admission. The tough partiers among us will be easy to identify Saturday morning - they will have been there each night. Tickets remain on sale for both shows. Here's a recent live performance:
The Utah Symphony has a treat in store for music lovers on Friday and Saturday as they play Franz Listz's "Piano Concerto No. 2" with guest pianist Kirill Gerstein. This will be tremendous as the piece was part of what started the original "Listzomania" back in the 19th century. Tickets are a bargain and this give you a chance to have a dignified weekend.
An indie-rock blast hits The State Room on Saturday night when Stephen Kellog and The Sixers pay a visit. Alt-rock singer-songwriter Jon McClauhlin opens up. This should be a really good night of music. Tickets are $14.
And Detroit's Kid Rock brings his charity minded tour to The Salt Air on Saturday. Say what you will about this walking self-parody, but stylistically he's become so far flung there's likely some portion of the show that will appeal to you. He bounces these days between Top 40 country, '70s butt-rock, hip-hop and just a dash of metal. I'd rather walk naked into the Great Salt Lake on Saturday night than to see this overbearing blast of cheesiness, but I admit I'm not in the majority on that. If you go, prepare to face a tighter Christmas budget as tickets start at $49 and are $54 on the day of. But remember it does go for a good cause.
Saturday night at Poplar Street Pub, Park City's Jeremiah Maxey will play. Cover is usually $5 at PSP. Maxey's a terrific guitarist and fine singer. He's playing alongside his father. Who wouldn't want to do that?
And finally the criminally underloved indie-folk musician, Nathaniel Rateliff, hits The Urban Lounge on Sunday night. If you haven't heard any of Rateliff's albums or missed his two previous SLC appearances, he's well worth investigating. Rateliff, who is touring behind his 2011 EP "Shroud," has a terrific baritone voice and thoughtful lyrics. By the way, later this month, he's opening for mega-stars Mumford and Sons. He may well be in the ascendancy, which he deserves. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $8. Check him out: