Out and about: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers get out of the van; Pink Martini plays Red Butte
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Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

spotlight show • An iPhone and a van aren't the usual recipe for fame, but alt-country group Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers can credit much of their success to those two items. The six-piece band exploded on YouTube after uploading their acoustic "Van Sessions," which they recorded while traveling between venues. In a recent phone interview, Bluhm said the idea for the "Van Sessions" sprouted out of "a lot of touring, no radio, and boredom." The recordings became a viral hit, and the band received attention from national media outlets after John Oates tweeted its cover of the Hall and Oates classic "I Can't Go For That." The video features Bluhm's soulful voice, some beautiful vocal harmonies and some wicked kazoo solos. Although the song helped catapult it into the spotlight, Bluhm said the group is much more than just a cover band. "It's been really important for us to get our original music out into the world," she said. "The people kind of find out about us through the 'Van Sessions' and the covers, but what we're really passionate about is our original music and that's what we do when we tour." The band will release a new album on Aug. 27, and will play a few tracks during the Salt Lake show. Tumbleweed Wanderers will open.

When • Monday, July 8. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8.

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

Tickets • $15 at www.thestateroomslc.com

Take Me Home — Music of John Denver

The Utah Symphony and vocalist Jim Curry will pay tribute to John Denver.

When • Saturday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Deer Valley Outdoor Amphitheatre, 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City

Tickets • $32 at ArtTix.org

Micky & The Motorcars

This alternative country band started out in Stanley, Idaho, before moving to Austin, Texas, where it honed its sound.

When • Saturday, July 6, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $18 at thestateroom.com

Black Lodge

The industrial rockers will perform with Natas Lived, Zombiance and The Creature From Jekyll Island.

When • Monday, July 8, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $7 at bardeluxeslc.com

Pink Martini

This 12-member band is known for its jazzy lounge music.

When • Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $42 at RedButteGarden.org

Happy Together Tour

The Happy Together Tour celebrates the music of the 1960s and includes The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders) and Gary Lewis & The Playboys.

When • Tuesday, July 9, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20-$30 at SandyArts.com

Deafheaven

The metal band will perform with Marriages and Cult Leader.

When • Wednesday, July 10, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $12 at 24Tix.com

Robert Randolph & the Family Band

The gospel blues-rock band brings its unique sound to Salt Lake.

When • Wednesday, July 10, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $21 advance, $26 day of; at SmithsTix.com

The Baptist Generals

The indie folk/rock band performs with Your Meteor and Coyote Vision Group.

When • Wednesday, July 10, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

The gothic pop rock group will perform. Shadow Puppet opens.

When • Wednesday, July 10, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $5 at bardeluxeslc.com