CODY CHESNUTT WITH STEEL PULSE, THE CANYONS, Saturday, March 22, 3 p.m., free
The pond-skimming contest at The Canyons is a worthwhile reason to head up to Park City on its own, but the fact the resort is closing the Spring Gruv festivities this year with a free concert headlined by British reggae heroes Steel Pulse makes it all the more appealing. For me, though, the real reason to head to The Canyons resort village Saturday afternoon is show opener Cody ChesnuTT, one of the funkiest, most soulful songwriters working today. The man's 2002 album, The Headphone Masterpiece, was a brilliant collection that inspired a hit song thanks to a collaboration with The Roots on Chesnutt's song "The Seed." It took Chesnutt more than a decade to release another full-length album, 2013's Landing on a Hundred, and it's a worthy follow-up, full of soaring harmonies and emotional lyrics that promise great things in the future. Let's just hope he doesn't take another decade to put out another record. As an opener for reggae legends like Steel Pulse, expect Chesnutt to make himself a lot of new fans at The Canyons this weekend.