Out and about: Cage the Elephant, Lumineers and Dylan guitarist visiting Utah
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Tab Benoit

Spotlight Show • The 45-year-old guitarist is one of Louisiana's best exports, with a style of blues infused with Cajun spirit. Benoit never plays with a set list, because he encourages the crowd to shout requests. "I'm there for them," he said during a recent interview. "If I wanted to play for myself, I'd stay at home." He said some musicians like a set list because they want "to know what's going to happen before it happens. I'm the opposite." Benoit will host the Voice of the Wetlands Fest in mid-October in his hometown of Houma, halfway between New Orleans and Morgan City. In the meantime, he is on the road, hoping to find some good gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. Even when he can't find those cornerstones of Cajun cooking, he doesn't go without. Along with his guitar, Benoit packs his own seasonings and hot sauces when he goes on the road.

When • Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14, at 8 p.m.

Where • Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City

Tickets • $40 at door and at egyptiantheatrecompany.org

David Bromberg Quintet

Spotlight Show • With all of the buzz surrounding Bob Dylan's recently released "Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)," it's interesting to note that guitarist David Bromberg played with Dylan on the 1970 albums "Self Portrait" and "New Morning," from which the new set takes its songs. One of the best guitar players around, Bromberg has been living in Delaware and working at his violin sales and repair shop. In a recent telephone interview, Bromberg said he had wanted to go to Peter Prier's Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, but "I was too old and I wear glasses, so I wouldn't have been accepted." Instead, he went to Chicago to learn the violinmaking craft and semiretired from performing. In 2007, he released "Try Me One More Time," his first new studio album since 1990, and since then has been fairly prolific. His new album "Only Slightly Mad" is due out Sept. 24.

When • Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $35 at thestateroom.com

We Butter the Bread With Butter

Spotlight Show • Visa problems have prevented the German electronic-metal band We Butter the Bread With Butter from starting its first United States tour. So if everything gets resolved, tonight's Salt Lake City show should be the band's first in North America. Every member of the band has improved between the 2010 album and 2013's "Goldkinder," said founder and guitarist Marcel Neumann. "We got so much experience, we played so much live," he said in a telephone call from a German airport. "We tried to put all of those experiences into the record." Neumann and the band wanted the latest record to sound different from previous offerings. The goal was to create "rock as heavy as metal and melodic as pop." Changing the sound can be problematic, he acknowledged. "It'd be a lie if I said we didn't talk about it in the studio," Neumann said. But, after recording more than 80 songs, they are satisfied. "If it doesn't sound good to us, we wouldn't want to give it to the fans," he said.

When • Friday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12 at SmithsTix

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Spotlight Show • Creedence Clearwater Revisited opens a rock 'n' roll weekend at the Sandy Amphitheater. The band was formed in 1995 by former Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford. The band plays all of the classic hits, from "Fortunate Son" to "Green River." Cook and Clifford have remained longtime friends, but the same can't be said for former Creedence member John Fogerty — who reportedly is not happy about Creedence Clearwater Revisited. "[Clifford and I] share the same interests," Cook said in a recent interview. "We were schoolmates. We had some great adventures." Clifford and Cook originally regrouped to play a few shows for fun, but 19 years later, they are still at it. "We had no idea how deep the CCR fanbase was," he said. "The band is here for the fans." Mike Love's version of the Beach Boys headlines the Sandy event on Saturday.

When • Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $29-$45 at SmithsTix

Mickey Hart Band

Spotlight Show • Shortly after a "profound" and "very emotional" show in Jerusalem, former Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart and his band return to the U.S. to support Hart's wildly ambitious new album, "Superorganism," released in August. The album featured Hart wearing an EEG cap during the writing and recording, translating electrical impulses from his brain into audible frequencies, all the while watching a high-resolution video screen of his brain at work. As you can imagine, what goes on in Hart's brain is very rhythmic. During this show, he will wear the EEG cap for several songs. "You will see my brain in real time," he said. His previous album, "Rhythms of the Universe," explored the sounds, so for this album Hart decided to research the other end of the spectrum — what goes on inside people's heads. He said his new muse is "screaming" for him to do more work with scientists on the relationship between brains and music. "Now I'm able to see the map," Hart said. "I don't know what street it is. We haven't named it yet." Above all, he said: "A happy brain is a good brain." Tea Leaf Trio opens.

When • Friday, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $30 at SmithsTix

Jars of Clay

Spotlight Show • The Christian pop-rock band has kept a loyal fan base since it broke into the mainstream in 1995 with "Flood." The band's most recent album, August's "Inland," has earned the tour warriors some of the best reviews of their career. "We're overwhelmed," said lead guitarist Stephen Mason in a recent telephone interview. "It's something really wonderful when you feel like you're onto something, and people around you affirm it. … For many people, it's the first they've heard of Jars of Clay in some time." For those who are newcomers, the band's name comes from 2 Corinthians 4:7: "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." Mason said part of the new album's success can be attributed to Oregon's Tucker Martine, the Grammy-nominated producer known for his work with the Decemberists, R.E.M., My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Mudhoney, Sufjan Stevens and Spoon and others. "He has prophetic ears," Mason said. "He hears what can be." Brooke Waggoner and Kye Kye are also on the bill.

When • Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $16 in advance, $18 day of, at SmithsTix

Andrew W.K.

Spotlight Show • The hard-rocking Andrew W.K. is known for his party songs. But soon he also will be known for eliminating the barrier between him and his audience. In a phone interview, the 34-year-old said there will be no stage at his upcoming show. "I really want to be clear — this is not a concert. The whole room is a party," he said. "The audience members are the band. I wanted that closeness. We tried to pick places that are very intimate. I wanted an energy pool." Playing and singing in the middle of a crowd is a way to show others that "there's all different ways to play," he said. "I want to do something that makes me happy, and hopefully others can do it too," he said. "All I care about is partying." Well said.

When • Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 in advance, $18 day of, at SmithsTix

Pickwick

Spotlight Show • Neko Case headlines the final show of the Red Butte Garden outdoor concert series, and Pickwick opens. The Seattle six-piece was a folk band until about five years ago, said multi-instrumentalist Kory Kruckenberg. But the group decided it didn't want to be hemmed in to certain genres. Plus, he added, folk music "just wasn't something that the band was good at." The band's latest album, "Can't Talk Medicine," recorded in the members' living room, was released in April. "It was just a matter of convenience," Kruckenberg said. "A bunch of us in the band live in the house, and it's our rehearsal space. We didn't want to be limited by time of finance." The living room studio isn't that unusual, considering that the group's 2011 EP "Myths" was recorded in the basement. Kruckenberg said the change reflects an upward progress. "It's more about growth, music and technical," he said. "We want to grow, but not completely change our sound. Again."

When • Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $35 for garden members, $40 for general public, at redbuttegarden.org

The Lumineers

Spotlight Show • Denver roots band the Lumineers will stop in Utah to play at Saltair. The band's Grammy-nominated hit "Ho Hey" is "something people feel a kinship for," said bass player Ben Wahamaki, who joined the band last year. The personal, pared-down feel of roots and folk is helping the music return to the pop charts, Wahamaki said. "It's refreshing to hear a band and get that sort of power they felt when they were in the basement." The band's debut album "The Lumineers" recently went gold in France, Germany, Australia and Holland, and is double-platinum in Canada and Ireland. The deluxe edition album "The Lumineers" is now out and includes five bonus tracks, including a cover of the Talking Heads song "This Must Be the Place." Wahamaki said one of the toughest parts of life on the road is keeping healthy. The band's regimen includes stretching and "a lot of juicing." Dr. Dog & Nathaniel Rateliff will open the show.

When • Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Drive, Magna

Tickets • $35 at SmithsTix

Shawn Mullins

Spotlight Show • The 45-year-old Southern singer-songwriter is best known for his huge 1998 hit "Lullaby." But Mullins has been writing and recording since 1990 and has 18 albums. He is traveling the nation on a two-man acoustic tour with award-winning country songwriter Chuck Cannon. The latter plays alongside Mullins and opens the show. In an interview, Mullins said his "down-home" concert will feature plenty of storytelling, especially since he admitted he hasn't visited Utah for a while. He hasn't released an album since 2010. "I have been taking my time on [my next] record," he said, noting that he focuses less on California and "more about the mountains of Georgia and Appalachia, and writing about where I come from." He hopes to continue collaborating with Cannon, who co-wrote, among many other hits, Toby Keith's signature tune, "How Do You Like Me Now?!"

When • Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $25 at thestateroom.com

P.O.D.

Spotlight Show • The Christian rap-metal band had such success with "The Fundamental Elements of Southtown" and "Satellite" — which produced the hits "Alive," "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)" and "Youth of the Nation" — that it decided to reteam with famed producer Howard Benson to record 2012's "Murdered Love." Benson's first platinum album was with P.O.D., so he always had a soft spot for the band, said guitarist Marcos Curiel, who admitted that the band's previous record didn't meet expectations. Benson — who has gone on to produce influential music from My Chemical Romance, Skillet and Adam Lambert — encouraged the band to "focus on the song and the hook, and remember what P.O.D. is," said Curiel. The band formed in 1992, and despite Curiel leaving in 2003 and returning three years later, the brotherhood of this San Diego-area garage band still is strong, he said. "When we started, we were kids," he said. "[Now], we're the veterans."

When • Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Where • Murray Theater, 4959 S. State St., Murray

Tickets • $19 at SmithsTix

Wild Belle

Spotlight Show • This new indie-rock duo, siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman, released its first album in March. While they both grew up with a lot of music, they are eight years apart, which meant that "we grew up separately," said Elliot in a recent telephone interview. "I went off to college when she was 10." While he was playing in his Afro-beat band NOMO, little sister began singing around town, and Elliot watched in awe when he saw her develop serious chops. He decided to induct her into the band once she turned 16 and had "grown up." Eventually NOMO went by the wayside and Wild Belle grew. "She's always been this natural performer," said Elliot, who expressed amazement when Columbia Records called. The Chicago-based duo has released three singles from its debut album: "Keep You," "Backslider" and "It's Too Late." Saint Rich and Breakers open.

When • Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $12 at 24Tix

Sevendust

Spotlight Show • The Georgia-based band released "Black Out the Sun" earlier this year, and for the sixth time, the album charted in the top 20 on the Billboard albums chart. Not bad for a metal band. After a long tour, Sevendust took time off to work on side projects. The breaks helped with its continuing success, said lead singer Lajon Witherspoon. "It's a great outlet, especially if you have music in you." When the band regrouped to write and record its first album in three years, "We made a conscious decision to come in [without ideas]." That explains why the heavy tracks the band is known for are accompanied by a tender ballad called "Got a Feeling." It recalls the spirit of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt," in honor of Johnny Cash. "You have to show that side," Witherspoon said of the vulnerability. "It sums up what's going on in our lives." Next up is a solo project for Witherspoon, one of the best singers in the metal world. "I'm not afraid of anything," he said. "I could do country." In fact, he received a call from metal singer-turned-country singer Aaron Lewis of Staind to meet up in Nashville. If Sheryl Crow could do it, why not? 10 Years is also on the bill.

When • Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25 at SmithsTix

Cage the Elephant

Spotlight Show • Cage the Elephant, the best band to come from Bowling Green, Ky., opens for Muse at EnergySolutions Arena. The last time the rock group came to town, it opened for Foo Fighters. A day before the Utah show, Cage the Elephant's drummer ruptured his appendix and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl — who was the drummer for Nirvana — stepped in to play. "He did us a solid," said Cage's singer Matt Shultz. A fan of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, Shultz said the night was memorable. "It was a dream. His music has been so inspirational, not just to me, but a whole generation." The band is now touring in support of its third album, 2013's "Melophobia," which means, ironically, fear of music.

When • Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.

>Where • EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

>Tickets • $35-$65 at SmithsTix

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> King Niko

> Local pop-rock favorites King Niko played the opening-night show at The Royal a few months back. They return with Joel Pack & The Pops opening.

> When • Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m.

>Where • The Royal, 4760 S. 900 East, Murray

>Tickets • $5 at SmithsTix

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> The Black Crowes

> In March, the roots-rocking Robinson brothers released their fourth live album, "Wiser for the Time," and toured with the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

> When • Sunday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

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

>Tickets • Sold out

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> Jimmy Cliff

> While the reggae legend will perform from his latest release "Rebirth," fans can also expect to hear classics from his nearly 50-year career. Ethan Tucker will open.

> When • Sunday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m.

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

>Tickets • $31 in advance, $36 day of, at SmithsTix

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> Ben Folds

> After performing as part of Ben Folds Five earlier this year, the bespectacled, piano-playing judge of NBC's "The Sing-Off" will perform solo. Alicia Witt opens.

> When • Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 9 p.m.

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

>Tickets • $31 in advance, $36 day of, at SmithsTix

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> Baby Bash

> The Mexican-American rapper's singles "Suga Suga" and "Cyclone" (with T-Pain) both hit within the top 10 of the Billboard singles charts. Bash Town artists The Stooie Bros and Marty Jayr also will perform. Sounds by DJ Brisk.

> When • Thursday, Sept. 19, at 9 p.m.

> Where • ONE Nightclub | Lounge, 400 S.. 180 West, Salt Lake City

> Tickets • $23.50 in advance, $28.50 day of, at SmithsTix