This weekend offers a ton to do - and none of it involves holding one's nose like earlier this week - so let's consider the best ways to spend the weekend.
Starting Thursday night, local musicians The Folka Dots play a free show at the Jewish Center at 7 p.m. Thursday night. By now, most of you have read something about this band and this is one of two relatively rare chances this weekend to see the group outdoors - as opposed to bars.
On Friday night, one of my favorite bands in the country returns to Salt Lake City when The Moondoggies headline a gig at Kilby Court. This will be the fourth time through for the Seattle sextet and I'm excited as ever to see them. I maintain they're one of the best-kept secrets in rock music and I'd rather see this group on any given than virtually any other band. Yeah, I'm stoked. Tickets remain on sale at 24tix.com.
Also Thursday, venerable local faves Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons hit Burt's Tiki Lounge for what should be a racuous good time. Tickets will be available at the door.
The big event Saturday - and really for the whole weekend - is the annual fundraiser show at Library Square, this year featuring 41-year-old indie-rock diva Neko Case. Case, pictured above, has released an armload of albums since the mid-'90s and they're all worth having and hearing. Not only that, but the grassy hillside that the library show takes place one of SLC's best locales to see a concert, but hardly ever gets used. So, enjoy that while you can. Tickets are $30 and remain on sale through First Tracks Entertainment's website. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. with the Folka Dots opening up.
A more low-key option can be had Saturday night at Kilby Court as Maps & Atlasses bring their top-shelf indie rock in for a 7 p.m. show that will be opened by Hands and The Big Sleep.
Also this weekend, the final showings of Plan-B Theatre Company's "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" take place up at Park City's Egyptian Theatre. This show about a drag queen and rock music has been warmly received by everyone I've encountered who has seen it. Tickets remain available through Plan-B's website.
And finally if you feel like beating the heat Sunday, head for Park City's "Park Silly Sunday Market" and check out SLC's fine country-rockers, Triggers & Slips, who will perform starting at 11 a.m.