Bowerbirds headline an evening of beautiful folk at Kilby with openers Paul Jacobsen and the Madison Arm (or is it just MadISON Arm? Paul likes to switch things up and keep us on our toes). A rose by any other name, right? The local artist's often gut-wrenching songs are a perfect match for Bowerbirds' catalog. Much of their sophomore release, Upper Air (Dead Oceans), sounds as if it were recorded in a tunnel or a cavernous room—otherwise silent breaks in the album’s rustic production punctuated by faint rushes of air, flotsam and jetsam. It’s the perfect foil for Phil Moore and Beth Tacular, whose lush, crisp voices take turns on lead and play off each other. Top the gorgeous harmonies with Tacular’s sighing accordion, touring member Matt Damron (Bright Young Things) creating a thunderous rumble with his hefty drum, and the slight quiver of violins—suddenly you’re transported to the couple’s middle-of-nowhere Airstream trailer. They choose to live off the map to lessen their carbon footprint, but Bowerbirds aren’t Radiohead—they’re not quite big enough yet to broadcast shows from their home for environmental reasons. Until then, we’re mighty glad the indie act is willing to hit the road and share their music with us. The band will also have on hand Danger at Sea EPs—hand-sewn copies of their first recording available only at shows. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com
Also tonight, Utah solo performer Cameron Rafati plays a special fund-raiser associated with the MLS All Star Week. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Hanging Cleats Foundation, a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of impoverished and at-risk children by constructing/reconstructing soccer facilities, donating soccer related equipment and teaching basic soccer classes.
The show will take place at Park City's Kimball Art Center Tickets: $10 General Admission $50 VIP (includes open bar and food) 24tix.com