As events in Park City launch into high gear for the all-important first weekend, it's good to know you can basically head for the hills with no definite plan and be reasonably assured you'll have fun.
Also, there are a few other things worth checking into away from the crowd. Let's look at the big weekend, shall we? Starting Thursday night, KCPW is presenting a live taping of the Canadian radio show "Q" with host Jian Ghomeshi. Guests include Colorado indie-rockers, Tennis, who I'm curious to hear live. They were a buzz band back in 2011 and have a new record coming out this year, produced by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. Now, that's hip.
Tickets are $15 and remain on sale at thestateroom.slc. On Saturday at The Depot, California singer-songwriter Jackie Greene headlines a gig at the larger venue after several concerts at the more intimate State Room. That doesn't happen very often.
Up at Sundance, the ASCAP Music Cafe gets going at 2 p.m. Friday with A Fine Frenzy, Terence Etc., We ARe Augustines and Josh Kelley. I'm looking forward to Sunday afternoon's debut at ASCAP from old-school R&B singer Garland Jeffreys. This guy has a devoted following, including a certain New Jersey singer-songwriter. Check the vid below: