Out and about: Kevin Nealon, Sallie Ford, The English Beat, Chelsea Grin and Curtis Salgado highlight week of shows

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Kevin Nealon

Spotlight show • The 59-year-old comedian, a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" from 1986 to 1995 and a star of the Showtime series "Weeds," is developing a TV pilot with his wife. In a phone interview, Nealon said the potential show will, like "Weeds," not have a laugh track — though, like "Weeds," it could have a "munchie track." The Connecticut native and California resident has been busy since departing "SNL," where he was one-half of "Hans and Franz" as well as Subliminal Man, Mr. No Depth Perception and the anchor of "Weekend Update." Besides touring, he wrote a book about having a pregnant wife called Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About Me? His advice to expectant fathers: "You're not alone." He is considering writing another book. Until then, he continues to perform stand-up, hoping never to draw hecklers. When he does encounter them, "I start speaking very softly." Well done, Subliminal Man.

When • Friday at 7:30 and 9:30

Where • Wiseguys West Valley City, 2194 W. 3500 South

Tickets • $25 at wiseguyscomedy.com

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

Spotlight show • The headliner for Saturday's show at Urban Lounge is Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. But go early to check out the Portland, Ore.-based band Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside. Ford, the frontwoman for the soul-influenced rockabilly band, grew up in North Carolina, but headed West after high-school graduation. "I thought about San Francisco or New York City, but those are so expensive," she said in a telephone interview. For a while, she worked at a bagel shop in the Portland State University food court, but quit when the buzz for the band built. During that time, she also developed key friendships with Portland's favorite sons The Decemberists. The Avett Brothers also were early supporters asking Ford and her band to open many dates. "They did so much for us," Ford said. The band is gradually gaining support, even though Ford acknowledged that one of her bandmates, who used to work on fishing boats in Alaska, would "make a lot more money fishing." The band will perform at Boise's Treefort Music Fest March 21-24.

When • Saturday, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 at 24Tix

Chelsea Grin

Spotlight show • This will be a homecoming show for Utah-based Chelsea Grin — which is the term used when a victim's face is slashed from the edges of the mouth to the ears. (Makes you grin thinking about it, doesn't it?) The deathcore band, known for its three-guitar attack, formed about four years ago when lead singer Alex Koehler was attending Valley High School in South Jordan. Last year the band played the entire Warped Tour and released a five-song EP called "Evolve." "This is the best lineup that's ever happened to this band," Koehler said of the sextet, which has seen a revolving door of members. The band is already writing a new full-length album, which Koehler promised will "push even farther than 'Evolve.' " Everyone in the band lives in Utah, and during this brief stop headlining "The Sick 2" tour, they plan to dine at La Frontera and taco carts, while cherishing the simple pleasure of sleeping in their own beds for a night. "As a child, you always hate where you live," Koehler said. Now, "there's nothing like home," and he is not being sarcastic. Guests on the tour include Attila, Betraying The Martyrs, Within the Ruins and Buried in Verona.

When • Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 at SmithsTix

Curtis Salgado

Spotlight show • This bluesman, the inspiration for John Belushi's "Joliet Jake" Blues, performed at the Utah Arts Festival on June 22. Less than a month later, he had surgery to remove a cancerous mass from his lung. The same type of cancerous mass had been removed from his lung in 2008. "I'm doing fine," said Salgado, who underwent a liver transplant in 2006 after being diagnosed with liver cancer the previous year. The 59-year-old singer and harmonica player said in a phone interview he is fortunate to have avoided chemotherapy, since each time a cancerous growth was found, it was removed through surgery. He darkly joked that one day he might end up as just "an ear and one arm." Salgado, winner of the 2012 Blues Music Award for Soul/Blues Artist of the Year, released his latest CD, "Soul Shot," on Alligator Records last year. It's a rich sampling of soul music that Salgado enjoyed while he grew up in a musical family. Even though it is technically a soul record, his signature sound is still there. "You find the blues in all music," he said.

When • Monday, 7 p.m.

Where • The Sun & Moon Cafe, 6281 Emigration Canyon Road, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25 by calling 801-583-8331

The English Beat

Spotlight show • English Beat leader Dave Wakeling has been a longtime favorite at The Depot, but will headline The State Room for the first time. The 57-year-old native of England is a contented, sockless man who lives in Malibu, though he has one regret: His birth name doesn't befit the leader of a legendary ska band. "If I knew I was going to be in a group, I would have named myself Dave Danger," he joked. The 2 Tone ska revival band, founded in 1978, will play all of Wakeling's hits, from The English Beat's "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Save It for Later" to General Public's "Tenderness." While those songs avoid the political, many of Wakeling's songs address evils in the world, from nuclear arms to war. He remembers watching the news with his father when he was 11 and seeing footage of the Six-Day War involving Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Wakeling remembered finding the footage "repugnant" and realizing that war was "self-defeating." He was once asked if pop and politics should go together. He replied, "Only if you're singing to human beings."

When • Thursday, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $40 at thestateroom.com


The instrumental rock band released its third studio album last year, called "Waking Season." Native opens the show.

When • Friday at 7

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 advance, $12 at the door; at 24Tix.com

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

The rapper with a penchant for pinching pennies performs as part of the mtvU Woodies Tour.

When • Friday at 7:30

Where • Dixie State College, 225 S. 700 East, St. George

Tickets • $20 at dixiestatetickets.com


Underground rapper Murs is headlines The Road to Paid Dues Tour, which also features Prof, Black Cloud Music and Fashawn.

When • Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $18 at 24Tix.com

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

This collaborative jazz performance will include musicians from the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, Jazz at the Lincoln Center and the Snow College Jazz Orchestra. Brooklyn-based jazz singer Alicia Olatuja will provide vocals.

When • Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $21 at ArtTix.org

Charles Ellsworth

Local country and blues musician Charles Ellsworth will perform with openers Shadow Puppet and Bip Bip Bip.

When • Saturday, 9 p.m.

Where • Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $5 at 24Tix.com


The indie rockers band from Boston will play with Silver Snakes, Settle Down, Rile and Sir Kay.

When • Sunday, 6 p.m.

Where • The Shred Shed, 60 E. Exchange Place, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $8 advance, $10 day of; at 24Tix.com

Hey Ocean

Up-and-coming Canadian band Hey Ocean performs indie-pop. They Are the City and Cliffs will open.

When • Sunday, 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. Kilby Court, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10 at 24Tix.com

The Torn ACLs

This Seattle four-piece will perform at this year's SXSW. Lady Murasaki and Beachmen open.

When • Sunday, 8 p.m.

Where • Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $6 at 24Tix.com

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

These punk-poppers have been making music since 2007. The band is currently touring with guests Handguns, City Lights and State Champs.

When • Monday, 6 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12 advance, $14 day of; at SmithsTix.com


The L.A.-based band has been making metal for more than a decade but recently announced that its lastest album, "Hydra," will also be its last.

When • Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $14.50 at SmithsTix.com

G. Love & Special Sauce

Garrett Dutton (aka G. Love) will release a greatest-hits compilation album later this year. He is currently touring with his band Special Sauce.

When • Thursday, 8:30 p.m.

Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25 at SmithsTix.com