Dig on some blues to start the weekend with Buddy Guy, who is as dedicated to the blues as he is to his old Stratocaster, which he wails on like only a very well-seasoned veteran can. The legend is a showman for sure, sometimes even playing that guitar with drumsticks. The addition of the lovely Mavis Staples to the bill makes it a must-see for the weekend—and of the outdoor concert season as a whole.
By the time the sun goes down and that concert ends, The Suicycles' CD release show at Bar Deluxe will just be revving up. The band began in 2010 as frontman Camden Chamberlain and drummer Van Christensen created a side-project from their ensemble, Cavedoll. Now, The Suicycles is a full-fledged effort, even boasting a YouTube video series and radio show on UtahFM.org. Check out this week’s feature for more background on the band. Dirty Blonde, Muscle Hawk and Jake Allred also share the bill.
Saturday night’s highlights include sleepy, good-time folk and some punk hootenanny. Fresh on the heels of winning the 2011 Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album, Ray Lamontagne, now backed by the fine four-piece The Pariah Dogs, takes the stage at Library Square to raise funds for the Utah Arts Festival. Brandi Carlile and The Secret Sisters round out a fine folky good time.
For a late-night kick in the teeth, Black Lips flex their more-matured, psych-rock muscles at The Urban Lounge.
And speaking of maturing, Ani DiFranco is self-admittedly not as angsty as she used to be—getting older and getting married will do that to ya. The laughing—bubbly, even—guitar virtuoso and folk pioneer proved that, however, she still has pizazz when she rocked Kingsbury Hall in 2010. So, no doubt, her Red Butte Garden show will again be an excellent smattering of her new leanings, as well as a flash from the past.
A trio of aging rock bands are out to prove that they still got it on Sunday. The New York Dolls will be joined by none other than Poison and Motley Crue at Usana Amphitheatre. No joke. To get the backstory on why the Dolls have a soft spot for Utah, read this week’s feature.