By Geoff Griffin
In 1978, America faced exploding gas prices, “stag-flation” and an unpopular president. Some of the biggest stadium-rock monsters who played the old Salt Palace in those days were Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick. In 2008, we’ve got exploding gas prices, “stag-flation” and an unpopular president. And once again, we’ve got JOURNEY, HEART and CHEAP TRICK, this time at the Usana Amphitheatre.Yes, this is late-’70s cheese, but its really primo late-’70s cheese, foxy lady. Quit being so uppity and admit that any time you hear, “Just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world,” on the radio, you start singing along. After all, each one of these bands was a trailblazer. Heart’s Nancy Wilson (pictured, with sister Ann) was the first to prove you don’t need a Y chromosome to absolutely wail on an axe. Geek rockers like Weezer ought to pay royalties to Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos for making the rock world safe for nerds. After listening to an entire Bob Dylan box set, one can only be grateful that Journey’s Steve Perry set the standard for front men who were actually really good singers (though Perry isn’t in the current Journey lineup.)Whether you’re old enough to be able to tell your kids about 1978, or you’re one of those kids who has to listen to those stories, this concert will remind/show you why “Mommy’s all right, Daddy’s all right; they just seem a little weird.”Journey, Heart, Cheap Trick Usana Amphitheatre, 5151 S. Westridge Blvd., 467-TIXX, July 11, 7 p.m. Usana-Amp.com
By Tawnya Cazier
The PARK SILLY SUNDAY MARKET might not be exactly what you expected. It’s not wholly a street fair or farmers’ market; it’s somewhere in between. Think of it as an environmentally conscious, fully entertaining community gathering. Combine food, art, crafts and street performances such as belly dancing, and you have the perfect combination for a Sunday outing.But beyond that, Park Silly Sunday Market—billed as the first “zero waste” market—just might be the “greenest” summer offering in the state. Every food vendor is required to use compostable utensils, cups and plates. This garbage never sees a landfill, but instead is used in local composting.Because the market hopes to have something for everyone, it features a multitude of activities. Art workshops keep kids entertained. Participation in the market’s Conversation Series allows attendees to learn about new topics every week, including sustainability, spiritual healing and domestic violence. Live music is scheduled all day every Sunday, with a slew of local bands performing onstage. And of course, there are vendors, peddling hats, shirts, furniture and crafts.Park City may be a bit of a drive for some, but with so much to offer—including typically, a 10-degree difference in temperature from the Salt Lake Valley—the market might just become your summer Sunday ritual.Park Silly Sunday Market @ Main Street, Park City, 435-655-0994, every Sunday (regardless of weather) through September 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., excluding August 3. ParkSillySundayMarket.com
By Jacob Stringer
I have a love/hate relationship with Utah’s various jazz festivals—not to mention others around the globe claiming the rather loosely applied “jazz” moniker. It’s an all-too common mistake to book bands that fall far from anything recognizably jazz-y. So I was relieved and pleasantly surprised when this year’s SALT LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL line-up was released, and I saw that it included a truly diverse array of—believe it or not—jazz.The lineup runs the gamut from contemporary to pop to orchestra to vocal to traditional. As with past years, the bill includes our best homegrown talents, such as Salt Lake Jazz Orchestra and local sax phenom John Flanders. But perhaps the biggest treat comes with those jazz surnames you might otherwise not have the opportunity to experience. For example, the sultry tunes of a Burt Bacharach will take the stage in the form of Traincha and famed arranger Patrick Williams. You might catch a bit of Prince’s Purple Rain heydays with the likes of Latin percussionist Sheila E. (left) and a couple of additional Escovedos laying it down with The E Family. Or for something a bit more jazz standard with an energetic contemporary pop twist, there’s always R n R, a new collaboration between trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot.This year, for the first time, the Jazz Festival won’t be free. But at least it will most definitely be jazz.Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival @ Washington Square, 200 E. 400 South, 487-TIXX, July 11-13, $10 daily. SmithsTix.com
Here & Now: Other New Happenings This Week
STEPHEN TRIMBLE The author and photographer combines a free reading/slide presentation from his book Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America with an “Authors Live” broadcast on KCPW. Main Library Auditorium, 210 E. 400 South, 524-8200, July 10, 7 p.m.
FACE OF UTAH SCULPTURE Annual showcase of works by more than 40 artists, including Tim Little’s interactive “Childhood Fantasy” work. Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, 965-5100, July 10-Aug. 20, opening reception July 10, 6-8:30 p.m. CulturalCelebration.org
SALT LAKE CHORAL ARTISTS A performance of “Folk Music from Around the World,” with the participation of the children’s and youth choirs. University of Utah Performing Arts Building, 240 S. 1500 East, July 10-13, 7 p.m.
LESLIE THOMAS: ROADSIDE UTAH Exhibition of landscape paintings by the Utah artist. Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S. 200 East, 521-3819, July 11-31. KenSandersBooks.com
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS The Empress Theatre presents the musical tale of marriage-hungry siblings in 19th-century Oregon. Empress Theatre, 9104 W. 2700 South, Magna, 347-7373, July 11-Aug. 11. EmpressTheatre.com
WILL BAGLEY The local historian reads from and signs his new book Always a Cowboy: Judge Wilson McCarthy and the Rescue of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S. 200 East, 521-3819, July 11, 7 p.m. KenSandersBooks.com
BALLET UNDER THE STARS An evening of beautiful dance for an outdoors summer evening, courtesy of Murray’s Ballet Centre. Murray Park Amphitheatre, 296 E. Murray Park Lane, 264-2614, July 11-12, 8:30 p.m.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Free screening of the classic musical in conjunction with the “Monet to Picasso” exhibition. Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Dr., 581-7332, July 12, 1 p.m. UMFA.Utah.edu