Music Picks Nov. 8-14 | Live: De La Soul, Irvin Mayfield, Rich Wyman, Voltaire, Bob Schneider | Music | Salt Lake City Weekly
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Music Picks Nov. 8-14 | Live: De La Soul, Irvin Mayfield, Rich Wyman, Voltaire, Bob Schneider


Thursday 11.8

The New Frontiers (Solid Ground Cafe); Poems (Monk’s); El Fabuloso (Bar Deluxe)

Friday 11.9
Yes, De La Soul is playing in a bank. That’s so money! This strange, intimate setting should provide the ideal environment in which to relive the legendary hip-hop group’s heyday—a raucous house party with plenty of old-school beats and rhymes. Tonight’s show falls three days after the release of De La’s Platinum Collection series. If you’re not already familiar with hits like “Me, Myself and I,” get thee to a record store. Then get thee to Wells Fargo. Limited VIP tickets available at Uprok Records (342 S. State). The 23rd Floor, 299 S. Main, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets:

Irvin Mayfield is an old soul bringing new generations around to New Orleans’ rich musical history. A testament to what one can do by age 30, the accomplished trumpeter fronts a cool jazz quintet in addition to leading the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, a nonprofit group whose performances are geared toward educating as well as entertaining audiences from all walks of life. While Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, in some ways the storm helped turn the nation’s attention to the region’s unique, storied sounds. Mayfield alone sends chills with just a few choice notes. Imagine what magical spells he might cast with a 16-piece band drawing on arrangements of traditional jazz, blues, spirituals and swing music, tonight. Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, University of Utah, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 801-581-7100

Also Friday: Ottmar Liebert (Alta Club—see Music); Christine Kane (Holladay UCC); The Shuman Brothers, The Has-Beens (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Beyond This Flesh, God’s Revolver (Broken Record); VCR Quintet, Buck Dexter (Urban Lounge); The Jakes (Nobrow); Slick Rick & Trina (Teazers, Ogden); Moreland & Arbuckle (Wine Cellar, Ogden)

Saturday 11.10
With Van Halen back together, on the road and in the news, the ’80s-metal figures have once again seeped into our collective consciousness. The greater public is still largely unfamiliar with Rich Wyman, a Park City resident and good friend/occasional collaborator with Eddie Van Halen. And while Wyman is hardly a shredder—preferring uplifting piano to electric guitar—his chops are equally admirable. Now, if you dig “Hot for Teacher,” don’t expect Wyman’s “Everybody Loves You” to heat things up. Earnest and a bit cheesy, the song is typical of the local artist’s solid repertoire. At time echoing Phil Collins’ solo material, his work succeeds on passionate, straightforward songwriting rooted tunnel vision to improve this crazy world. Get to know Wyman tonight as part of a CD/DVD release/European-tour send-off. You’ll be glad you did. The Sidecar, 333 Main Street, Park City, 10 p.m. Info: 435-645-7468

Also Saturday: No Quarter (The Depot); Viva Knieval, Skullfuzz (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Mystic (Uprok); Slippery Kittens Fall Fundraiser (Bar Deluxe); Peter Breinholt, Cory Mon (Velour, Provo); Jenny Owen Youngs, Sean Hayes, Jim Bianco (Celsius Lounge, Park City); Legendary Porch Pounders (Wine Cellar, Ogden); Jo Dee Messina (Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover)

Sunday 11.11
“I grabbed her left breast, and I’m pretty sure I tore it,” Voltaire sings, coming off—out of context—as a heartless misogynist. But the line is in a song called “Zombie Prostitute” and the author is an everyman known for playful, macabre and bawdy material that’s catchy and amusing (except, perhaps, to the working-class undead). Spend some time with Voltaire’s work—which also includes comics, a book demystifying goth, and toys—and you’ll likely come away with an impression of the artist as a curious intellectual and creative force who spars with convention like it’s the devil after his soul. His music soars on gypsy strings and dramatic, black-velvet vocals that pass for classic—if your classic involves vampires, romance beyond the grave and the general perks of being evil. Area 51, 451 S. 400 West, 10 p.m. Info: 534-0819 (with Subrosa and Riverhead)

Also Sunday: Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie (E Center); Demons (Red Light Books—see Music)

Monday 11.12

Nick Jaina, Coyote Hoods (Kilby Court); Elevation Tour (Urban Lounge)

Tuesday 11.13
Self-deprecating and sarcastic, Bob Schneider is an artist to watch up close and personal. Born to perform, the Austin native crafts witty songs that are, well, rocking. Yeah, that’s right—you can toss around square labels and Schneider won’t bat an eye. He’s cool like that. No pretenses. No fuss. His music is equally straightforward and refreshing—like a cold domestic beer on a blistering Texas day. Schneider’s work is characterized by low-key lyrical songwriting delivered in a matter-of-fact fashion through a voice that’s both gruff and welcoming. Further evidence of his Joe Blow style—a new album simply titled Songs Sung on a Guitar with People in the Room. In other words, an intimate, B.S.-free acoustic performance not unlike the one you should catch tonight. Suede, 1612 Ute Blvd., Park City, 9 p.m. Tickets:

Also Tuesday: Say Hi to Your Mom, The Velvet Teen (Kilby Court); The Glasspack, Iota (Monk’s); Charalambides (Urban Lounge); Stolen Babies (Club NVO, Logan);

Wednesday 11.14

Sea Wolf, Saturday Looks Good To Me, Kid Theodore (In the Venue); Nekromantix, The Chop Tops (Avalon Theater); Puddle of Mudd (Club Sound); JJ Grey & Mofro (The Depot); Modern Crush (Velour, Provo)

Coming Up
English Beat (The Depot, Nov. 15); Fat Joe (Harry O’s, Nov. 15); Adrian & The Sickness (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Nov. 15); Fog, Old Time Relijun (Urban Lounge, Nov. 16); Of Montreal (In the Venue, Nov. 16); Celebration (Kilby Court, Nov. 16); Witchcraft (Urban Lounge, Nov. 17); MC Frontalot (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Nov. 20); Juliette & The Licks (Suede, Nov. 21)