One of those backstage visits paid off.
He ended up meeting someone from Elton John's management company, and before Smith knew it, he and his band were the flagship signee of Yamaha's new record label.
Elton John's connections also helped the trio get studio time at Nashville's legendary Blackbird Studio, where Pearl Jam, Tim McGraw and Bruce Springtseen have all recorded.
Leogun released its first EP in October, with a full-length debut due in early 2013.
And if you catch these guys backstage at The Complex, offer them your demo.
"It's a compliment when people ask them to listen to a demo," Smith said. "You never know what you'll find." Codi Jordan Band and Spirit Master open.
When • Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake CityTickets • $8 in advance, $10 day of, at SmithsTix