As it ought to be, the first weekend of summer is jam-packed with good entertainment options. Here are some of the highlights.
Up in Ogden this weekend, is a really fine music festival with a varied lineup including big-time songwriter Robert Earl Keen. Keen, a Texan who could have retired - from a coolness standpoint - in 1988 after writing "The Road Goes On Forever," which has been covered by The Highwaymen, among others. Pictured above, the 50-something crooner isn't the world's greatest singer, but his red-hot country-rock band more than makes up for their boss's shortcomings. This is a guaranteed party waiting to happen.
Other bands on the three-day lineup include Claire Lynch, The Get Down Boys and Elephant Revival, a winsome band from Colorado led by hippie diva Bonnie Payne. She sings about half of the group's songs and plays the meanest washboard this side of the Rockies.
Keen headlines the festival with a 9:30 p.m. set on Saturday. Tickets for all three days are $55. A single-day ticket for Saturday is $27.
Also this weekend is the big, crazy and always fun Utah Pride Festival, which will be happening all over downtown and should bring a huge party vibe to everything else that happens around SLC for the next few days. Tickets are availabe at utahpride.org, and prices vary depending on events.
And at The Urban Lounge on Saturday night is Texas songwriter Bob Schneider, who brings along up and coming songsmith Laura Warshauer for the 10 p.m. gig. Tickets are at 24tix.com.
And in the third straight sell-out to start the Red Butte Garden Summer Concert series, Missouri pop-rock superstar Sheryl Crow headlines a Sunday night show.
And the well-received "Million Dollar Quartet" theatrical production featuring tons of early Sun Records songs. The show is based on an actual evening of music that went down in Memphis near Christmas 1956, as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash gathered to mingle and perform. It's impossibly pointless to imagine the last 65 years of music without these four gentlemen and celebrating their art sounds like a great way to spend a night. The Capitol Theatre show continues through Sunday night, and tickets are available at arttix.org.