Dubbed the “King of Calypso”—albeit reluctantly—Harry Belafonte and his cohorts brought those lovely, lingering Caribbean melodies onto America’s shore. His most notable tune was “Banana Boat Song,” but Belafonte was more than a crooner; he was also an actor and activist. Salt Lake Film Center brings a touching documentary of the man to the Main Library tonight at 7 p.m. And if you’ve blown your wallet on booze and fireworks, the good news is that it’s free.
In an ongoing series called The Empty Flute, The Rumi Poetry Club discusses the philosophies and esoteric musings of the Persian mystic poet tonight at the Anderson-Foothill Library. The first half of the evening is centered around one specific poem, while in the second half, participants may share a poem and discuss. To read a City Weekly feature on the club, follow this link.
For a dusk-time performance on Library Square, the Music at Main series hosts Sugartown and Triggers & Slips, starting at 7 p.m. at The Round. For another early show, local ensemble SLAJO—Salt Lake Alternative Jazz Orchestra—will effuse the melodious clamor that is jazz over at Kilby Court, starting at 7 p.m.
And, finally, for those who want a little more rock, head over to Club Vegas to thrash the night away with Machine Head—just don’t forget the earplugs.