Out and about: Michael Franti, Lyle Lovett and a Righteous Brother

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Michael Franti & Spearhead

Spotlight show • The genre-bending Michael Franti might not be a household name in Scranton, Pa., or Bakersfied, Calif., but he is a bona-fide celebrity at Red Butte Garden. He has sold out the Salt Lake City venue once again this year. "We've been coming to Salt Lake for so long," Franti said in a recent telephone interview. "Audiences are really ready to let go. Being in the mountains, there's a sense of exuberance and openness." Franti's blend of reggae, surf rock, hip-hop and other styles is displayed on his latest album, "All People," and while there are references to his activist roots, the music is upbeat. "I want people to feel a sense of optimism," he said. "All my songs are commercials for hope." Though he said he wanted to make a record that would "inspire people through the 24 hours of their day," Franti has not abandoned his drive for social and environmental change. His bus still runs on biodiesel. Ethan Tucker and Amanda Shaw open.

When • Sunday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • Sold out

Rebecca Corry

Spotlight show • After three nights performing stand-up at Wiseguys in Trolley Square, Rebecca Corry will conclude her stay in Utah with a benefit show called "Stand Up for Pits." The "Pits" are pit bulls, a breed Corry fell in love with after meeting Angel, a rescued pit bull from south central Los Angeles that had been severely abused — ears cut off with scissors, battery acid poured on her back, tail broken and overbred. Negative thoughts about pit bulls are misplaced, she insisted in a recent telephone interview. "They have nothing to offer but love," she said. Corry said the benefit will be a variety show, with music, comedy and advocacy, all delivered in an upbeat way. "This is not a Sarah McLachlan commercial." The comedian has organized a march on Washington in support of pit bulls and soon will deliver a petition with more than 25,000 signatures to the governor of Maryland, which has a number of cities that ban pit bulls. After years of working with dogs, Corry said she has only been bitten once — and it was by a terrier.

When • Sunday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

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

Tickets • Sold out

Danzig with Doyle

Spotlight show • In 1988, Danzig released its debut album — the first release on producer Rick Rubin's new Def American Recordings. The hard-rock band is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a tour featuring Doyle, the axman in Glenn Danzig's former band The Misfits. Doyle's best albums, "Walk Among Us" and "Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood," are landmarks of the punk movement of the early 1980s. While Glenn Danzig and Doyle battled in the past, Doyle has joined Danzig onstage for nearly a decade to perform half-hour sets of Misfits songs. On this tour, Doyle will once again join Danzig to play Misfits classics. While Doyle is known for his menacing black-and-white stage makeup, he said people often have the wrong impression about him. "Sometimes, when I meet someone, they can't believe I can talk," said Doyle, whose solo album, "Abominator," was just released. Special guests are Scar The Martyr and Huntress.

When • Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna

Tickets • $23 in advance, $27 day of, at SmithsTix

Bobby Long

Spotlight show • Bobby Long first visited Utah in 2011, playing a series of official Sundance Film Festival gigs. Back then, the Brit was a hard-edged folk rocker. On his most recent release, "Wishbone," the 27-year-old has expanded his palette and backing band. "I'm really proud of being a singer-songwriter," he said in a recent interview, "but I always love being in a band." Long said his current inspiration is Neil Young. "He does what he wants to do," Long said. "He's in total control at all times." Long moved to New York City four years ago and is completely comfortable there. "I'm in a place that's in a constant change," he said. "There's a mix of cultures, not just white people. I'm at the epicenter of everything." He said he loves touring the West, but places like Utah are "so different from where I grew up. … There's no equivalent." Michael Bernard Fitzgerald is also on the bill.

When • Thursday, Aug. 22. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $13 in advance, $15 day of, at 24Tix

The Clumsy Lovers

This Vancouver band performs a mix of fiddle- and banjo-fueled bluegrass.

When • Friday, Aug. 16, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $15 at thestateroom.com

Summer Slaughter Tour

This mélange of metal bands includes The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattel Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, Rings Of Saturn, and Thy Art Is Murder.

When • Saturday, Aug. 17, at 3 p.m.

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

Tickets • $29 at SmithsTix.com

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band

The four-time Grammy-winning country artist performs.

When • Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m.

Where • Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Dr., Park City

Tickets • $40-$85 at ecclescenter.org

2K13 Cream Cone Tour

This tour includes rockers Bad Weather California, Sauna, Skating Polly and The Wasatch Fault.

When • Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $8 at 24Tix.com


The garage pop rockers perform with special guests The Lower 48 and 90's Television.

When • Sunday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $6 at 24Tix.com

Bill Medley

Medley, one part of the The Righteous Brothers duo, is touring as a solo artist.

When • Monday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m.

Where • SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre, 699 S. State St., Orem

Tickets • $15-$35 at scera.org


This Mexican rap-metal band — winner of a Latin Grammy — headlines the 2013 Jägermeister Music Tour.

When • Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 8:30 p.m.

Where • Infinity Event Center, 26 E. 600 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $30, advance, $40 day of; SmithsTix.com

Kid Cudi

This regular Kanye West collaborator is the featured artist at the Twilight Concert series.

When • Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $5 at 24Tix.com