In addition to other good options that we'll mention in a moment, Salt Lake City music fans can take a mini-tour of the 1960s courtesy of The State Room starting tonight as a member of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary pays a visit as part of a fundraiser for "Peaceful Uprising," a local awareness group. Tickets are $60 for the evening, which runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is being billed as a "small, private concert." In addition to singing, Yarrow will also do some impressions, according to Peace Up's website.
Then on Tuesday, former colleagues of acclaimed guitarist and composer Frank Zappa, who also debuted in the 1960s, hit TSR in what should be a cool night of the late, great Zappa's music. Anyone with serious chops on their instrument or fans of people with serious chops knows that Zappa wrote and performed some of the most complex, intriguiging rock music around - and all with a huge sense of humor. Despite being dead for nearly 20 years, Zappa still has legions of fans and has at least two tribute bands still playing his music. (His son Dweezil fronts the other, "Zappa Plays Zappa"). Tickets remain on sale at The State Room's website.
Also Tuesday at Abravanel Hall, it's All-Star night as local high school musicians join the Utah Symphony for what promises to be a spectacular night of music. Guest conductor Vladimir Kulenovic will lead the orchestra as they play a violin concerto by Tchaikovsky.
And on Wednesday, Mickey Hart, a former Grateful Dead member who spent nearly 25 years with the band and is pictured above, leads his latest project into The State Room for what will be a guaranteed standup groovefest. Mickey was last in SLC with The Rhythm Devils in the summer of 2010 and he really tries to guarantee an energetic show. I'm expecting no different this time, especially with Widespread Panic's bassist Dave Schools anchoring the gig. This show's been sold out for weeks. But keep an eye on The State Room's website for either fans having extra tickets or a possible late release of tickets, which occasionally happens.
And at Kilby Court, a Canadian indie-rock band that writes moody, catchy stuff called Plants and Animals will headline a 7 p.m. gig. Tickets are just $10 and no opening act has been announced yet. These guys are well worth seeing and they're touring behind the excellent new release "The End of That," which came out in February.