Out and about: Acidic, Anberlin, Benatar and an Independence Day tripleheader

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spotlight show • California rockers Acidic keep returning to Salt Lake City for two reasons: raucous crowds and Philly cheesesteaks at Moochie's. They hope to get a taste of both when they return to SLC on Friday. The young trio has plenty of experience in the Beehive State, making stops here with Trapt and Alien Ant Farm. This time around, they'll be opening for Hinder at In The Venue. In a recent telephone interview, lead singer and guitarist Michael Gossard, 21, said touring with Hinder has been eye-opening. "Every single [tour] is a lot of fun, but you can definitely tell that Hinder is a little bigger," he said. "They draw a little bit more people and the venues are also a little bigger. Even how they travel — they have multiple vehicles. They have a bus and a truck and their staff. … It's a moving convoy, man. It's nuts." Although they are the opening act, Acidic are capable of stealing the show. They give the type of high-energy performance you'd expect from a few guys in their early 20s, and their experience on previous tours has improved their budding showmanship. "During the show, we'll go crazy," Gossard said. "I'll jump into the crowd and go berserk for a little bit. It's important to mix with the people because they're there to see a show and we want to give them a show that they'll remember." Acidic will play a 30-minute set and Gossard said they plan to play most of the tracks off their recent album, "Copper Man." He said the record, produced by John Ryan (Styx, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana), was heavily influenced by Jane's Addiction, Green Day and Queens of the Stone Age. "You generally write what you're listening to at the time," he said. "We've been listening to those bands a lot, and we hope to give the type of crazy performance that they would."

When • Friday, June 28, 5 p.m.

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

Tickets • $25 at SmithsTix.com


This alternative rock group's Summer 2013 Acoustic Tour includes special guests Stars In Stereo and Campfire OK.

When • Friday, June 28, 7 p.m.

Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix.com


These indie rockers throw a bit of psychedelia into the mix of their danceable songs. Golden Sun will open.

When • Friday, June 28, 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $8 at 24Tix.com

Isaac Russell

The local singer-songwriter will share the stage with Jay William Henderson and Salazar.

When • Friday, June 28, 8 p.m.

Where • Velour Live Music Gallery, 135 N. University Ave., Provo

Tickets • $8 at 24Tix.com


The Tennessee rapper is bring a taste of Southern hip-hop to Salt Lake, with special guest Big Snap.

When • Saturday, June 29, at 6 p.m.

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

Tickets • $25 advance, $35 day of; SmithsTix.com

Brian Jordan Band

The Southern California-born musician-songwriter-composer will perform. Sugartown Alley will open.

When • Saturday, June 29, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 at thestateroomslc.com

The Melodic

This English folk band will perform with special guests The Blank Tapes and Charles Ellsworth.

When • Monday, July 1, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $7 at 24Tix.com

Pat Benatar

The Grammy-winning songstress is on the road this summer with her longtime producer and husband, Neil Giraldo.

When • Wednesday, July 3, at 8 p.m.

Where • Sandy Amphitheater, 9400 S. 1300 East, Sandy

Tickets • $29-$45 at sandyarts.com

Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Alejandro Escovedo

Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Alejandro Escovedo are headlining this Independence Day show, presented by the Park City Performing Arts Foundation.

When • Thursday, July 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Where • Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Drive, Park City

Tickets • $35-$65 at ecclescenter.org