The final weekend of the Sundance Film Festival features no shortage of star power, with Brad Paisley in West Valley City and Akon, Passion Pit and Nas in Park City.
The JayhawksSpotlight SHOW • In theory, the pioneering alt-country band The Jayhawks never broke up, but when founding member Mark Olson left the band in 1995, the magic that was created with fellow founding member Gary Louris disappeared. To fans' delight, recently Olson rejoined the band, and with its classic line-up intact, the band is touring behind its great 2011 album, "Mockingbird Time." In an interview with The Tribune, Louris said coming back to Utah during the Sundance Film Festival brings up good memories for him: about six years ago, he spent six weeks at the Sundance Institute's Composers Lab, learning how to score films. Meeting living legend John Adams was a highlight during the lab, and since the experience, he has written music for films such as the acclaimed 2006 documentary about crossword puzzles, "Wordplay." But his main priority now is The Jayhawks. "It's an over-rated word, but there is a certain magic [back]," Louris said. There certainly is.When: Saturday, Jan. 28 at 9 p.m.Where: The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake CityTickets: Sold outMatthew SantosSpotlight SHOW • The website TheHouse.org is hosting this rare acoustic set by singer-songwriter Matthew Santos. You remember Santos: he has sang the hook for many songs by Twilight Concerts' beloved rapper Lupe Fiasco, including arguably Fiasco's biggest hit to date, "Superstar." But Santos is an acclaimed, organic artist in his own right, and at this show he will perform songs from his forthcoming album "Quickly Disappearing," due out Jan. 31. The theme running through the album, Santos said in a Tribune interview, is the crisis of climate change. He remembered when the issue hit home for him: "I went to Denali National Park to see a glacier, and it was just some dirt on top of some snow." The scene was so seared in his mind that he knew he had to use his spotlight to speak on the issue. "There are bigger things happening than an artist releasing records," Santos said. "I've tasted that, and it's fruitless after 15 minutes."When: Sunday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.Where: The Sky Lodge, 201 Heber Ave., Park CityTickets: $40 at the door or at TheHouse.org
NasThe rapper Nas headlines this show at the new, cool music space where The Star Bar formally resided.When • Friday, January 27 at 9 p.m.Where • Sugar, 268 Main St., Park City Tickets • $65 at ticketcake.comSundance Cafe - Live MusicThe Beehive Tearoom transforms into the Sundance Cafe for the 10 days of Sundance Film Festival. Friday night Lake Mary will perform, and on Saturday Kate MacLeod will perform.Live music is free, starts at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m.When • Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m.Where • Beehive Tea Room, 12 W. Broadway (300 South) Tickets • FreeOctappellaOctapella presents the concert, "No Instruments, Big Sound!" to benefit the Kearns High instrumental program. When • Friday, January 27 from 7 p.m.- 8:30p.m.Where • Kearns High School, 5525 S. Cougar Lane , Kearns Tickets • $8 at door; Family of five admission is $25 at www.octappella.comKruger BrothersOgden Friends of Acoustic Music will sponsor the Kruger Brothers, with Imagine Ballet Theatre, Chamber Orchestra Ogden, and Weber State Chamber Orchestra. This will be the first time ballet has been added to the Kruger Brothers symphonic repertoire. They will perform "Appalachian Concerto" and other compositions, featuring original choreography by Raymond Van Mason, a former Ballet West dancer.When • Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m.Where • Ogden High School, 2828 Harrison Blvd., Ogden Tickets • $25 at the door; children 16 and under are freeEmilie AutumnSinger-songwriter, poet, and violinist Emilie Autumn will stop at The Complex. When • Friday, January 27 at 8 p.m.Where • The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City Tickets • $20 at Smithstix.comThe Rumba Libre BandThe Rumba Libre Band will perform their unique take on Latin and salsa music.When • Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m.Where • IJ and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center, 2 N. Medical Drive, Salt Lake City Tickets • $15, $10 for members, at slcjcc.orgGhost with Ancient Wisdom and Blood CeremonyThe Swedish metal band Ghost and doom rockers Blood Ceremony and Ancient VVisdom will unleash their "13 Days of Doom Tour" at The Complex. When • Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m.Where • The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City Tickets • $15 at doorPassion PitThis Massachusetts-based electronic-pop band's song "Sleepyhead" was an unlikely hit back in 2008. The band's follow-up to "Manners" is due out this year.When • Saturday, January 28 at 9 p.m.Where • Sugar, 268 Main St., Park CityTickets • $40 at ticketcake.comBlind PilotThe Portland-based folk-rock band Blind Pilot will continue to tour this winter in celebration of their sophomore album, "We Are The Tide." When • Saturday, January 28 at 9 p.m.Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City Tickets • $16 in advance, $18 day of, at 24TixAkonBorn in Senegal, singer-producer Akon was an early champion of Lady Gaga and has produced many hits for artists such as Leona Lewis and T-Pain, as well as singing and touring with Gwen Stefani.When • Saturday, January 28 at 9 p.m.Where • Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City Tickets • $50 at ticketcake.com