Out and about: New Year's Eve week shows include Donny & Marie and People Under the Stairs

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People Under the Stairs

Show of the week • The L.A. hip-hop duo "dropped everything" so that it could agree to perform the New Year's Eve party at the Urban Lounge, said Christopher Cesar Portugal, better known as Thes One, the vocalist, DJ and producer for the globe-trotting pair. "We had a short list of cities that have shown us a lot of love," Thes One said, adding that he loves visiting Beerhive Pub every time he's in town. While in the early days the duo was known for its inventive mash-up of jazz and rap, today the group's influences have grown wider, thanks to Thes One's collection of 100,000 vinyl records at home. (He had to reduce the number once he welcomed a baby into his family. The vinyl room became a nursery.) "We're more inclined to listen to Michael McDonald and Wings than hip-hop," he said. "We freak people out." Thes One plans a top-shelf evening at the Salt Lake City club. "Showmanship is everything," he said, adding that he doesn't like it when the duo gets lumped in with other rap groups that just stand around onstage. "We like keeping a high element of risk in our shows. If you don't take the net away, what's the point?" It was apparent Thes One was a character who loved the stage in 2004, when he was selected to be a contestant on "The Price Is Right," and on the show he correctly named the price of a washer and dryer, winning the pair. With Bob Barker by his side, Thes One then went on to win The Shell Game, in the process winning a furniture set and — wouldn't you know it? — a record player. He said the washer has broken down, but the record player is still working and in a prime spot in his house.

When • Monday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m.

Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20 at 24Tix.com

Donny and Marie Osmond

In the tradition of the "Andy Williams Christmas" and "Osmond Family Christmas" television specials, Donny and Marie Osmond celebrate variety Christmas shows, Osmond-style. See our preview at http://bit.ly/WC4JFd

When • Friday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2 and 8 p.m.

Where • Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25-$135, ArtTix.org or 801-355-2787

Wolfgang Gartner

The musician plays electro house, as well as "complextro," a genre of which he is a forerunner.

When • Friday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m.

Where • Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix

Andy Frasco

The blues-jazz musician has performed at showcases such as HatchFest, Orion's Music Festival and the European Independent Film Festival. The Congress will open.

When • Friday, Dec. 28, 9 p.m.

Where • State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 at thestateroom.com

Action Item

The pop band has been touring for two years to promote its first indie EP, which has sold more than 22,000 copies. On this tour stop, Action Item will be joined by Paradise Fears, Before You Exit, and Hello Highway.

When • Saturday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), Salt Lake City

Tickets • $14 at SmithsTix

Robot Dream

The local duo is Bart Olson, on drums, and Rob Bennion, wind instruments/DJ, who combine beats, vintage robot film, dubstep, hip-hop, electronica, downtempo and jazz. See our Local Sounds interview at bit.ly/W2aMk1.

When • Saturday, Dec. 29, at 10 p.m.

Where • Gracie's, 326 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Kristin Chenoweth

Park City Performing Arts Foundation presents a New Year's Eve show by Tony- and Emmy Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth, the big-personality soprano and consummate entertainer. See our preview at http://bit.ly/12AUYeK

When • Monday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m.

Where • Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City

Tickets • Sold out

Coco Montoya

The blues guitarist and singer will perform a special New Year's Eve show.

When • Monday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m.

Where • State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $50 at thestateroom.com