Archive for April, 2011

Around the SL,UT April 15

April 15, 2011

Lasers, proms, comedy, and a killer week of great local and touring music. That’s what’s happening around Salt Lake this week. Including Record Store Day, when we celebrate the men and women of independent music stores. Check out the activities for Record Store Day here.

Clark Planetarium always has something exciting going on, and now they have premiered their newest attraction. The music of Led Zeppelin accompanied in an original animation and laser show in the dome theater. I got a chance to preview this show, and it is incredible. Shows are nightly at 8pm & 9pm, with an extra 10pm show Thursday-Saturday. Tickets are $8 per person, and worth every penny.

Queer Prom is an incredible event for those 14-20 years old, who may not have been able to have the prom they wanted due to the uptight conservatives who make “the rules.” A night of dancing and celebration in a safe, affirming atmosphere where everyone can bring the date they want. It takes place at the Salt Lake Main Library (210 east 400 south) from 8pm-midnight, Saturday, April 16. Tickets are $10 at the door.

See funny-man, John Hilder, at Wiseguys Trolley Square Sunday, Apr 17. I’ve seen and worked with John a number of times, and he always provides the laughs. Show starts at 7:30pm, tickets only $5.

Tickets to see David Sedaris are nearly sold out. If you don’t know him, he is an incredibly bright and funny humorist, best-selling author, and radio personality. He’ll be at Kingsbury Hall Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30pm, and tickets start at $32.50.

Coming April 28th, a Quiz For a Cause Utah AIDS Foundation fundraiser. Come play an easy-going, pop-culture and random knowledge quiz to raise money for AIDS awareness and research. There will be prizes, including a cash prize for the winning team. $5 donation per player requested. The quiz takes place Thursday, April 28 at Lumpy’s Downtown. First question is at 8pm, but it’s recommended to arrive at 7:30pm to get the best table for your team of up to 6 players.

Must hear music:

Friday – Punk: Racist Kramer, Fat Apollo, The Cellulites, The Toros at Burt’s Tiki Lounge 9pm $5
Saturday – Singer/songwriter: Kalai, Tessa & the Nubs, Ryan Innes at U of U Olpin Union Ballroom 6:30pm $18
Sunday – Blues: Daryl Hance (of JJ Grey & Mofro) at Urban Lounge 9pm $10
Monday – Indie/alternative: Dark Dark Dark, Y La Bamba, Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship at Kilby Court 6:30pm $8
Tuesday – Alternative: Starfucker, Champagne Champagne at Kilby Court 7pm $12  & Urban Lounge 9pm $12
Wednesday – Accoustic/western: Eddie Spaghetti, Michael Dean Damron, Anna-Britt Kennedy at Burt’s Tiki Lounge 9pm $13
Thursday – Punk/metal: Deftones at In The Venue 7pm $32.50

Drinks:

Friday – $2.50 domestic pints at The Green Pig (31w 400s)
Saturday – $3 Sex on the beach, $2 PBR at Area 51 (451s 400w)
Sunday – $3 best bloody mary in town at Lucky 13 (135w 1300s)
Monday – $3.50 mini pitchers cocktails at Graffiti Lounge (342s State)
Tuesday – $2 & $3 steins at Johnny’s On Second (165e 200s)
Wednesday – $2 cocktails at Cheers to You (315s Main)
Thursday – $3 wells, $2 PBRs at Lumpy’s Downtown (145w Pierpont Ave)

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Record Store Day, SLC 2011

April 12, 2011

If it wasn’t for the brave men and women of independent record stores, our musical world would be a lot less diverse. Even today, as the internet is able to bring us music, there is a need for these brick & mortar stores where we can discover new sounds, talk to people who love music, and often buy for less than iTunes.

This is why Record Store Day is so important. A day to promote the awareness of local shops on a mission to keep the dream alive, and show us why CDs are still cool. There are exclusive releases coming out this weekend, and you need these in your playlist.

If you’ve never been there, Slowtrain Music is the place for those who really love music. The staff is passionate and knowledgable. They will be celebrating an entire weekend of exclusive releases, live music, and street festivities. Friday night, they will be open until 9pm as part of the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. They will be serving delicious Bohemian beer all weekend in the lounge. Of course, the main events are the great local bands playing Saturday:

    Birthquake – 11am
    Trappers – 12pm
    Paul Jacobsen – 1pm
    Ryan Tanner – 2pm
    American Shakes – 3pm
    Plastic Furs – 4pm
    Jay William Henderson – 5pm
    Desert Noises – 6pm
    Joshua James – 7pm

Graywhale Music will also be hosting live bands at most of their locations, as well as special releases, hot sales, and great benefits for Killer Whale members.

U of U Graywhale– KRCL Showcase (Noon-5p) Octet, Bronco, Holy Water Buffalo, Pablo Blaqk, Joshua Payne Orchestra & more.

Orem Graywhale– Utah County Locals Showcase (2-7p) Desert Noises, Moth & The Flame, Glowing Heads, Just A Face, In Dreaming, & Salt City Sound.

Taylorsville Graywhale– 97.5 The Blaze Rock Showcase (2-6p) Hour 13, Split Lid & more.

Ogden Graywhale– SLUG Metal Showcase (7p-Midnight) Oldtimer, Reviver, Beyond This Flesh, Loom & Breaux.

You need to visit your local record store this weekend, and discover a world of music beyond the corporate top-40.

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Around the SL,UT April 8, 2011

April 8, 2011

Eventually, mother nature will make up her mind what season it is. But if you’re having trouble deciding what to do with your weekends and evenings, here’s the guide. All the best entertainment and things to do in Salt Lake.

Hodgepodge with Blake Bard is a comedy & variety show that is about to change SL,UT entertainment. Two shows, 7 & 9:30pm, at The Complex. Comedians, burlesque dancers, music, and the powerful wit of Blake Bard will be sure to entertain you. Tickets are only $10 if you buy online before midnight Friday, $15 at the door. Blake has put together a great lineup for these shows, and it is a hell of a showcase of SLC’s best entertainment.

The Salt Lake Bees are in action. One of the best ways to spend a Sunday afternoon is grabbing brunch at Lucky 13 before the afternoon games. Enjoy the best bloody mary in town for only $3, and a giant affordable brunch plate on the patio, then walk across the street to the ballpark when the game starts at 2:05pm. Tickets start at $8.

Record Store Day is next Saturday, April 16. Mark the date, and plan to spend the day celebrating the best way to buy music. I’ll have a special blog post on Tuesday with the day’s events and places to celebrate.

David Sedaris is coming to town Wednesday, April 20 at Kingsbury Hall. This will sell out, so get your tickets soon at http://www.kingsburyhall.org/.

Must hear music:

Friday – Fictionist at Velour (Provo) 8pm $7
Saturday – Imagine Dragons, Cameron Rafati at The State Room 8pm $12
MondayArcade Fire at UCCU Center (Orem) 7pm $35
Tuesday – Metal: Silent Civilian, Arsenic Addiction, Dying Euforio at Club Vegas 8pm $10
WednesdayOf Mice & Men, I Set My Friends on Fire, Sleeping with Sirens at In The Venue 6pm $13
ThursdayRise Against, Bad Religion, Four Years Strong at Saltair 7:30pm $25.50

Drinks:

Friday – $2.50 domestic pints at The Green Pig (31w 400s)
Saturday – $3 Sex on the beach, $2 PBR at Area 51 (451s 400w)
Sunday – $3 best bloody mary in town at Lucky 13 (135w 1300s)
Monday – $3.50 mini pitchers cocktails at Graffiti Lounge (342s State)
Tuesday – $2 & $3 steins at Johnny’s On Second (165e 200s)
Wednesday – $2 pints, free pool at Liquid Joe’s (1249e 3300s)
Thursday – $3 wells, $2 PBRs at Lumpy’s Downtown (145w Pierpont Ave)

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