Two women, one a platinum-selling jazz superstar, the other a rising indie-rock voice, offer excellent options early this week.
DIANA KRALL, RED BUTTE GARDEN, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., $60
Grammy-winning jazz-pop queen Diana Krall ‘s music is like a warm blanket–simple, comfortable, cozy as all git-out. Being largely ignorant of jazz music, generally speaking, I never knew much about her vocal or piano skills, or paid Krall’s music any mind, until she married Elvis Costello nine years ago. Costello is, in my book, pretty much as good as it gets in modern music, so naturally I was curious about his new bride. Her last visit to Red Butte Garden, I went to the show and found Krall an utter charmer on stage, and her music a perfect match for that serene, scenic environment. I’m guessing that will be the case once again–now if we could just repeat my Costello sighting on Main Street from that last Krall visit. Denzal Sinclaire opens the show.
THE MYNABIRDS, KILBY COURT, Wednesday, 7 p.m., $10
The Mynabirds’ Laura Berhenn might not be a name you’re familiar with, but I have a feeling that will change over time. The Washington, D.C., native is currently based in indie-rock mecca Omaha, and The Mynabirds is essentially a rotating collective of musicians who revolve around the singer/songwriter. After some hard touring in support of the Mynabirds’ 2010 debut, and then more time on the road as part of Bright Eyes, Burhenn finally got to release a second Mynabirds album this summer–and Generals proved worth the wait. The sound has moved beyond the pop-folk of the band’s debut to delve into some electronic flourishes and louder, less poppy rock passages. And lyrically, Burhenn boldly lets her political tendencies infuse her songs with genuine edge. Seeing Mynabirds at a small place like Kilby Court could be a real treat. Deep Time opens the show.
Dan Nailen has written about music, arts and culture in and around Salt Lake City for Salt Lake magazine, The Salt Lake Tribune and Salt Lake City Weekly since 1998. He's currently a contributor to saltlakemagazine.com, and you can find more of his work at SLCene.com.