Now that the big Fourth celebration has passed, many folks want to keep the party going and it's likely that many of you are enjoying the start of a four-day "staycation" in town here in SLC.

So, let's see what your best bets are going forward.

An awesome summer tradition resumes Thursday night with a slight variation that should help music lovers have a better time in Pioneer Park. The last few summers the music of the Twilight Summer Concert Series has almost become ancillary to the high volumes of people attend just to hang out and be seen by their friends. Excellent music, provided by the likes of The Decemberists, Explosions in the Sky and Lupe Fiasco was largely an afterthought. Now with a $5 surcharge on admission—which is more than fair and will help the venue continue to attract top-flight acts in the years ahead—folks like me who only go to the concert series for the sounds may have less competition for good spots and slightly less showtalking. Thursday night should get the series off to a great start as the grooving indie-rock sounds of Beach House headline. Also, get there in time for the opener as The Walkmen are definitely worth hearing, as well. Tickets are available at

Also, Friday night the Utah Symphony will be outdoors down south at Thanksgiving Point for an 8 p.m. performance of patriotic music. Weather permitting, this could be a terrific evening of American favorites. has tickets, starting at $10. And on Saturday, keep in mind a great way to beat the heat—despite wildfires raging in the mountains—will be Snowbird's Cool Air Concert Series. This week at 6 p.m. grab your cooler and head up to hear the roughneck country J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices. Outlaw country in the outdoors... sounds like a winner to me, and it's a free event.