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The Garage's patio is calling you

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A weather forecast predicting a zero percent chance of rain this weekend means one thing: drinking and watching live music on Salt Lake City’s best patio.---

Rain ruined the festivities for two of The Garage’s (1199 Beck St., 801-521-3904) biggest shows of late: Too Slim & the Taildraggers, and Joe McQueen (on Joe McQueen Day) -- but no more … weather permitting.

This weekend has a fine lineup of local tunes to enjoy on the deck including Salt Lake City’s finest rock bands, Starmy and The Rubes, on Friday (9 p.m., $5), jam-blues band Marinade on Saturday (9 p.m., $5) and The Sudden Lovelies with a brunch set on Sunday.

The Garage has had live shows on the patio for two years, but it wasn’t until the kitchen opened (read Ted Scheffler’s review here) in April when things just really exploded, co-owner and director of operations Marsha Merrill says.

Merrill says that some of her favorite shows on the patio over the last year have been The Ugly Valley Boys and Andre Williams, for the energetic sets. The excellent lineup of local and national acts along with co-owner Bob McCarthy’s handicraft in remodeling the old Club Jimax certainly makes the bar not just another roadside attraction with unique ambiance, but more than that.

“It’s like having a concert in your own backyard,” Merrill says. “I think it’s really unique because there’s this beautiful landscape and then a counterpoint with the industrial background of the refinery stacks and the junkyard next door.” It’s like knowing about a little, secret garden -- with open fire pits and cornhole and cheap drinks and fried chicken & waffles. It might also be the most comfortable bar to watch a concert in town.

Coming up at The Garage:
May 15 - Bill Kirchin May 15

Bill Kirchen playing "Hot Rod Lincoln" (not at The Garage)

May 24 - Tribute to Bob Dylan
June 8 & 9 - Andre Williams
July 13 - Eric McFadden
Jesse Walker’s monthly Sunday Groove Garden
Duncan Phillips’ monthly acoustic series

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