JAKE SHIMABUKURO, PEERY'S EGYPTIAN THEATRE, Ogden, Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., $20
I'm not completely on board with this re-emergence of the ukulele as a go-to instrument. Eddie Vedder's solo album and all manner of cutesy indie-rockers have embraced the instrument that the public school system of Knob Noster, Missouri, would force us to play as a means to learning how to read music when I was a kid. Suffice to say, the sound of 30 or so third-graders plucking away at the ukulele is enough to scar a person for life. That said, I've seen the man playing the awesome Peery's Egyptian Theatre this weekend, and while Jake Shimabukuro is probably not the "Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele" that some have labeled him, he is certainly the best, most entertaining ukulele player I've ever heard. You might have caught him a few years back at the Twilight Concert Series. If you did, you know what I'm talking about. If you didn't consider a trip to O-town on Saturday, and be sure to stop at Brewski's on 25th Street while you're there.
BILLY JOE SHAVER, THE STATE ROOM, Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 p.m., $20
Country songs are often full of vibrant outlaw imagery, but all too often the person delivering the song is merely acting the part of a rabble-rousing cowboy. Not so with Billy Joe Shaver, a Texas songwriting legend whose tunes capture their creator's own crazy life and times running around the Lone Star State, including a dicey situation just five years ago when Shaver nearly went to jail for shooting a man outside a bar. A lot of big names have grabbed hold of Shaver's tunes for their own albums and live shows, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Willie Nelson, who once argued that Shaver is the best songwriter of them all. This summer, Shaver released Live at Billy Bob's Texas, a set of the man doing the dirty work of performing himself, and now you have a chance to see him do the same. It's classic-country poetry and gritty Texas tales are your trip, this is a show not to miss. Local roots-rockers Ghostowne open the show.
CAPTAIN CAPTAIN OPEN STUDIO, 825 S. 500 West, Salt Lake City, Saturday, Oct. 20, 7-11 p.m., free
The open studio parties every six months or so at Captain Captain studio are always a good time, offering a chance to mix and mingle with a bunch of Salt Lake art lovers while checking out both completed works and works-in-progress by a bunch of the resident artists. In Captain Captain's case, that's a true treat, because the studio is home to some of the best Utah contemporary artists working today, including Trent Call, Trent Alvey (work pictured below), Berkley Frei, Justin Carruth, Steven Larsen, Tessa Lindsey, Diane Borg, Jenny Hambleton, Chase McCleary and Suzi Elmore. While you wander and chat this Saturday, there's a bonus: Portland-based video artist and musician Alexis Gideon will be on hand to showcase his latest multi-media project, Video Musics III: Floating Oceans. Gideon's video installations have appeared at Manhatten's New Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Santa Fe Art Institute and more. Lewis Brothers food truck will be on hand to serve up some delicious fare (get the greens 'n' fries), and make a night of it! You won't be sorry.