Out and about: Bob Dylan, The National, 311, The Cult, Slightly Stoopid among highlights of upcoming week.

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Aaron Lewis

spotlight show • Aaron Lewis is best known as the frontman of the metal band Staind. But his solo show in Wendover will showcase his passion for traditional country, which he illustrated on his first full-length solo record, "The Road." Lewis said he inherited a love for old country music — the likes of George Jones — from his grandfather, and is finally able to show how much he appreciates these heroes. "There's not much country left in the country world," said Lewis, whose first country EP, "Town Line," debuted at No. 1 on the country album chart when it was released in 2011. "I would have to say it went down pretty well." He said he regrets not meeting The Possum before he died earlier this year. "Unfortunately, I never got to pick the brain of the wise old man."

When • Friday, July 26, at 9 p.m.

Where • Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover, Nev.

Tickets • $20 to $70 at https://wendoverfun.com/shows/

Slightly Stoopid

spotlight show • This genre-bending band's seventh summer tour is called the Kickin' Up Dust Tour. It features Atmosphere, The Grouch and Eligh. "The whole purpose of summer is to create a vibe for the fans," said Miles Doughty, guitarist, bassist and singer for the San Diego-based band that dabbles in reggae, dub, blues and folk. Doughty grew up three blocks from the famed, idyllic Ocean Beach in San Diego and has ridden a wave of laid-back success since high school, when Sublime's Brad Nowell signed Slightly Stoopid to his Skunk Records. The band's ethic has remained the same: It's all about the music, without pretense or tricks. "What you see is what you get," Doughty said. "What we put on in the morning is what we wear onstage at night. We're beach kids." Now these beach kids are having children of their own. "When you're a young band, starting out, you just want to party," Doughty said. Now, if he gets two days off, he flies home — wearing what he puts on in the morning.

When • Saturday, July 27, at 8 p.m.

Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna

Tickets • $35 in advance, $40 day of, at SmithsTix


spotlight show • This funk band returns to Utah for its annual Unity Tour, this time featuring Cypress Hill and G. Love & Special Sauce. Including the surprisingly "nice" guys from Cypress Hill has been a longtime dream for 311, said vocalist Nick Hexum. When the band moved to Los Angeles from Nebraska, Cypress Hill's self-titled debut album played nonstop in the 311 CD players, he said during a recent telephone interview. This is an exciting time for Hexum, whose solo project, The Nick Hexum Quintet, will release its first album in October. The tunes are jazz-inspired. "It's fun to experiment with different musicians and different styles," said Hexum, adding that the album is a "passion project." "I'm influenced as much by Chet Baker, Billie Holliday and Frank Sinatra as the Beastie Boys," he said. As for 311, the release date for its next studio album will be easy to remember: 3/11/14.

When • Tuesday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m.

Where • Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City

Tickets • $34 to $59 at SmithsTix

Ryan Bingham

spotlight show • Bob Dylan's Americanarama Tour is an embarrassment of riches, with Mr. Zimmerman, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham performing. Bingham is the Oscar- and Grammy-winning writer of the song "The Weary Kind" from the film "Crazy Heart," starring Jeff Bridges. Bingham has since shed his folk-singing, hard-living troubadour image with the release of last year's "Tomorrowland," which declared him a rock and roller at heart."I'm playing a lot more electric guitar," he said. "It was liberating." This tour is a dream come true for Bingham. He joined My Morning Jacket onstage the other night, and the guys in Wilco are talking about collaborating. "It's been a really cool experience," he said. Bingham opens the show each night, with a 30-minute set, and said he would relish the role even if he and his band had only five minutes to play. He has been writing throughout the tour and is happy with his place in life after years of self-imposed bleakness. "Writing has always been a therapeutic thing for me," he said. "I've had enough suffering. I'd rather be happy. I'm looking forward to writing more positive songs."

When • Thursday, Aug. 1, at 5:30 p.m.

Where • Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City

Tickets • $33 to $70 at SmithsTix

Blackberry Smoke

spotlight show • Bud Light is throwing 50 parties in 50 states on Aug. 1 for its inaugural "50/50/1" celebration. The Utah event features Blackberry Smoke. The Southern rockers are touring in support of "The Whippoorwill," their first album under a contract with Zac Brown, who has used his fame to promote the band's rootsy approach. "The operations are stable," said frontman Charlie Starr of being supported by Brown. "We don't have to worry about checks bouncing." Like many other country bands, Blackberry Smoke is still reflecting on the recent death of country legend George Jones. One of the singer's final recording sessions included time with Blackberry Smoke. The best compliment the band ever received, Starr said, was when Jones heard the song and remarked, "Damn, now that's country."

When • Thursday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 in advance, $20 day of, at SmithsTix

The National

spotlight show • The alt-rock band The National will headline the next Twilight Concert. Sharon Von Etten opens. The New York City band includes frontman Matt Berninger and two sets of brothers: Bryan and Scott Devendorf and Aaron and Bryce Dessner. Brotherly love is part of what sets the band apart, Scott Devendorf said. "For us, it's kept the band together. … It does give us support." 2010's "High Violet" album, the band's biggest commercial success, was actually its fifth album. That means "Trouble Will Find Me" will be thought of as that crucial "sophomore" album. The band also was featured in "Mistaken for Strangers," which premiered at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. It's still making the rounds on the festival circuit. Berninger's brother, Tom, directed the film. Brotherly love, indeed.

When • Thursday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m.

Where • Pioneer Park, 400 W. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $5 in advance at 24Tix, $5 at gate

The Cult

spotlight show • During this tour, the veteran British band plays two sets; one features its 1987 landmark album "Electric" in its entirety. "It's a great record to play start to back," said bassist Chris Wyse, who has been with the band since 2006. Back in 2009, frontman Ian Astbury told crowds there would be no more studio albums for The Cult. But last year "Choice of Weapon" was released, and the band is working on a new album for next year. "There was a demand for it," Wyse said of the new album. His other project, Owl, put out a new album in April. This more experimental music allows him to play the upright bass. "It's a different animal, because of the bow," he said, "It's a little more Zen. It's like musical yoga." Even though they were guitar players, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen inspired Wyse's playing. "I'm connecting the dots from old-school bass to the modern." White Hills opens.

When • Thursday, Aug. 1, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $36 in advance , $41 day of, at SmithsTix


The reggae artist will perform with special guests Aaradhna, Hot Rain and Siaosi.

When •Friday, July 26, 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $26 at SmithsTix.com

Swanky Tunes

This Russian electro group formed in 1998. Its sound is a unique blend of French house and '80s-style synth pop.

When •Friday, July 26, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at parkcitylive.net

The White Buffalo with The Deadstring Brothers

Country band fronted by singer-songwriter Jake Smith will perform. The Deadstring Brothers will open.

When •Friday, July 26, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $18 at thestateroom.com

Koala Temple

Local indie band will perform with guests Spirit Master, Holy Water Buffalo and The North Valley.

When •Friday, July 26, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $5 at 24Tix.com

Judy Collins

With a catalog of about 50 albums, Collins has been entertaining audiences for decades.

When • Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m.

Where • Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater, 405 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton

Tickets • $19-$40 at tickets.davisarts.org

Bob Log III

The blues-punk guitarist will perform. Beard of Solitude will open.

When • Sunday, July 28, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 at 24Tix.com

Griffin House with Andrea Davidson

The Ohio-born indie rocker is touring in support of his latest album, "Balls." Andrea Davidson will open.

When • Monday, July 29, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $18 at thestateroom.com

Natalie Maines

The lead singer of the Dixie Chicks performs a solo show featuring her take on alternative rock. Mary Beth Maziarz will open.

When • Tuesday, July 30, 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $40 at ecclescenter.org

Merle Haggard

Country music legend Merle Haggard will perform. Country rocker Paul Thorn opens.

When • Tuesday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $50 at redbuttegarden.org