Out and about: Bruno Mars, Wayne Brady and Inigo Montoya — er, Mandy Patinkin

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Fitz & The Tantrums

Spotlight show • Fitz & The Tantrums is the opening act for Bruno Mars' "Moonshine Jungle World Tour." The Los Angeles-based band's sophomore album, "More Than Just a Dream," encapsulates the joy the group has exhibited since forming in 2008. The band can no longer be defined as simply neo-soul, said Noelle Scaggs, who shares lead singing duties with bandleader Michael Fitzpatrick. Scaggs said each member asked one another as they prepared to record the new album, "How much can we develop our sound?" As a result, the music is more bombastic, in the best sense of the word. It gets the party started with influences from New Wave to Motown.

When • Friday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m.

Where • Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City

Tickets • $81.50, $61.50 and $41.50 at Ticketmaster

Restless Heart

Spotlight show • The Eagles-inspired band is touring the country on its "30 Years & Still Restless Tour." Lead guitarist Greg Jennings had "no clue" when the band assembled in 1983 that it would still be together 30 years later, though members were confident at the outset. "We didn't have a long history in the group, but we had long histories in music," Jennings said during a recent telephone interview. In 1994, after charting six No. 1 country hits —including "That Rock Won't Roll" and "Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)" — the band broke up. It reunited about a decade later, as the original members couldn't deny the chemistry they shared. During the hiatus, Jennings played guitar for Vince Gill and was humbled. "I've never been in a band where I was the worst member," he said. He is a much better guitar player today as a result. Jennings said the country world is "a different ballgame," where it appears that image is more important than the song. He prefers to remember times spent at the top of the charts, when the band was touring with legends such as the Judds, Alabama and Hank Williams Jr. Next for the band is a covers album and a Christmas record, hopefully done before December.

When • Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 p.m.

Where • The Madison, 295 W. Center St., Provo

Tickets • $17 in advance, $22 day of, at SmithsTix

Mandy Patinkin

Spotlight show • The Utah Symphony will perform with the multitalented Mandy Patinkin and his comrade Paul Ford on piano. Surprisingly, the 60-year-old tenor said he loves it when people come up to him and recite his famous line from "The Princess Bride": "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." "I couldn't be happier," he said. Patinkin has just been nominated for another Emmy for his role in "Homeland." The notoriety he receives from the show has resulted in more symphony orchestras requesting his services. During his Deer Valley show, Patinkin will sing a varied set that includes songs from some of his famous roles on Broadway (Georges Seurat in "Sunday in the Park with George" and Ché in the original Broadway production of "Evita") as well as other selections from The Great American Songbook. Don't be surprised if he tries out Ford's recently orchestrated rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Ford is Patinkin's inspiration. "I wouldn't be here without Paul," he said. "He's like the Library of Congress. Talk about a dance partner."

When • Saturday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $32 lawn seats at ArtTix

John Scofield

Spotlight show • The 61-year-old jazz-fusion guitarist and his quartet Überjam will co-headline a show with jazz explorers Medeski Martin & Wood. Because John Medeski has played on both of the Überjam albums, he will join in during part of Scofield's set. "We're buddies," Scofield said. "I really like his playing." "Überjam Deux" was released in July, 11 years after the first Überjam album. But that doesn't mean Scofield has been relaxing: He has put out seven albums since. His three partners include Avi Bortnick on guitars and sampling; Andy Hess, former member of Gov't Mule and The Black Crowes, on bass guitar; and Adam Deitch on drums. They inspire him with their modern styles that lend themselves toward Afro-beat and other world-music fusion. "This type of music is so collaborative," said Scofield, noting that he doesn't appreciate jazz when it's just a frontman with a faceless, nameless backing band. Überjam allows him to indulge his love for funk, and whenever he plays with these three, he feels "comfortable," in the best sense of the word. "It makes me feel like my stuff works," he said. He mentioned three styles he loves, but never feels comfortable playing in front of audiences: classical, flamenco and Indian. So there will be no sitar at this show.

When • Sunday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $35 for garden members, $40 for others, at redbuttegarden,org

Grizzly Bear

Spotlight show • The four members of this experimental rock outfit spent time alone after some extended touring behind 2009's "Veckatimest." "There was a little need for a break, to breathe and feel like you're not always moving," said 34-year-old Edward Droste, singer and keyboard player for the Brooklyn-based band. While band members Daniel Rossen and Chris Taylor put out solo releases during the interim, Droste got married, took a honeymoon and, because he never stops thinking about music, started writing. Those songs became the basis of the band's fourth album, 2012's "Shields," which is purposely more lyric-driven. "These [words] are the most revealing," he said. "I felt comfortable. They're kind of vague, but to me they feel very specific." While Grizzly Bear began as a solo project for Droste, it has become collaborative. Rossen writes much of the music, including the non-University of Utah-related song "Sleeping Ute," and sings. "It never was my band," Droste insisted. "I don't feel comfortable being the only one alone onstage. If anything, I'm grateful for it." Youth Lagoon opens this installment of the Twilight Concert Series.

When • Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.

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

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

Wayne Brady

Spotlight show • The most versatile entertainer in show business is coming to Layton to sing, dance, and do impressions and stand-up. And it won't be scripted. "It will be 100 percent improvised," said Brady, 41, who shot to fame as a featured player on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" He now hosts the game show "Let's Make a Deal" and is a recurring guest on "How I Met Your Mother." Brady looked back at his career and said, "I've been living the dream since I was 16. That's the best thing you can say to yourself." He has strong opinions: "Irony is a place where people who have no talent go hang out" and "It doesn't take any skill to be the class clown." Yet Brady said he would never appear as a contestant on "Let's Make a Deal." "That's not me," he said. "I have too much reserve in me to dress up in a crazy costume and be on TV. I'm too shy for that."

When • Wednesday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m.

Where • Ed Kenley Amphitheater, 403 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton

Tickets • $34 to $59 at davisarts.org

Brad Paisley

After releasing his ninth studio album, "Wheelhouse," Paisley is on the road with his "Beat This Summer" tour. Openers are Chris Young and Lee Brice.

When • Friday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $31-$65.75 at SmithsTix.com


The Bay Area-based band is performs psychedelic rock. Marinade & DJ Uprock will on the bill.

When • Friday, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $13 at thestateroom.com

Hayes Carll

The singer-songwriter's 2011 album, "KMAG YOYO," made it onto many "best of" lists, including Rolling Stone, SPIN and a New York Times Critics Choice.

When • Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $23 at thestateroom.com

Gogol Bordello

The New York-based band has been described as gypsy punk rock. Its latest release is "Pura Vida Conspiracy."

When • Monday, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • $26.50, advance, $30 day of; at SmithsTix.com


The '90s indie rocker band will perform. Octa#grape will open.

When • Monday, Aug. 5, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $12, advance, $14 day of; at 24Tix.com

Eve to Adam

This guitar-driven rock band from New York City is touring with Texas Hippie Coalition.

When • Tuesday, Aug. 6, 10:45 p.m.

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

Tickets • $12, advance, $15 day of show; at bardeluxeslc.com

Ray Wylie Hubbard

The country/folk singer-songwriter has been releasing music since 1971. His latest album is "The Grifter's Hymnal."

When • Wednesday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $18 at thestateroom.com

Erykah Badu

The Grammy Award-winning R&B artist will perform as part of the Twilight Concert Series.

When • Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.

Where • Pioneer Park, 350 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $5 at 24Tix.com

Wade Bowen Band

The Texas country musician got his start playing barbecue joints.

When • Thursday, Aug. 8, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $18 at thestateroom.com