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Joan Baez

Show of the week » On a personal note, I never would have been born without the assistance of legendary folk singer Joan Baez, the featured performer during my parents' first date. The 68-year-old is responsible for much more than that, fortunately, as has been a lighthouse of progressive politics for nearly 50 years. "If I was depressed or down or things were in the dumps, I'd feel ancient," Baez said in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune about her 50 years in show business. "I'm cheerful and happy." She was raised in a liberal family, and one of her formative moments was when her mother gave her a copy of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, in whose pages she said she learned the difference between right and wrong. Although she has been a rabble-rouser throughout her life, she still remembers Frank's motto -- "Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart" -- to this day, Baez said. These days, Baez is still an agitator, focused on the Iranian protests and environmentalism, and her most recent album was produced by alt-country maverick Steve Earle. Released in September, the album features her angelic, three-octave vibrato interpreting songs by Earle, Tom Waits and Elvis Costello.

When » Monday, July 13, at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets » $22 to $44 at or call 801-546-8575

Bad Boy Bill

The Chicago-based DJ spins "house" music, a genre he helped create back in the 1980s working with Mike "Hitman" Wilson and Julian "Jumpin" Perez. The "superstar DJ" is known to play on six turntables at once.

When » Friday. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Where » Harry O's, 427 Main St., Park City

Tickets » $15 at SmithsTix

Jon Schmidt

The local self-described "New Age Classical" composer performs in Sandy. He has nearly 1.9 million hits on YouTube for his piano renditions of Taylor Swift's "Love Story" and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida."

When » Friday at 8

Where » Sandy Amphitheater, 1245 E. 9400 South, Sandy

Tickets » $7 to $20 at SmithsTix

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Hitting you with their best shot in Wendover is the husband-and-wife team of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Benatar, 56, is known for 19 top-40 singles, including "Love Is a Battlefield" and "Heartbreaker," and Giraldo is her guitarist and collaborator, nicknamed "Spyder."

When » Saturday, July 11, at 7 p.m.

Where » Peppermill Concert Hall, 1045 Wendover Blvd., West Wendover, Nevada.

Tickets » $45 to $60 at or 888-PEPP-TIX

Kurt Bestor

The beloved local composer -- the man behind the annual Christmas concerts -- plays a few nonholiday concerts, too. Joining Bestor is a sextet playing music from his popular albums, as well as new pieces never before heard live.

When » Saturday, July 11, at 8 p.m.

Where » Sandy Amphitheater, 1245 E. 9400 South, Sandy

Tickets » $12 to $30 at SmithsTix


Cage is a New York-based rapper who was one of the trailblazers in the rap-rock world. His latest, "Depart From Me," was released on June 30. "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf not only directed Cage's latest video, "I Never Knew You," but is slated to play Cage in a biopic of his turbulent life.

When » Saturday, July 11. Doors open at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets » $12 at SmithsTix and 24Tix

The Scream The Prayer Tour

Haste the Day and The Chariot headline this Christian metal tour. Haste the Day is named after a lyric in the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul," and The Chariot swings low with the former vocalist of Norma Jean, Josh Scogin. Ten bands are scheduled to play, including special guests.

When » Monday, July 13. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Where » In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets » $16.50 in advance, $18.50 day of, at SmithsTix


The danceable pop-rock band has toured with Relient K, Motion City Soundtrack and The Academy Is ... , and is still touring behind its 2007 album, "A Different Light." The band is working on a follow-up with Brad Wood, who produced Liz Phair's classic "Exile in Guyville."

When » Tuesday, July 14, at 7 p.m.

Where » In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets » $10.50 in advance, $12.50 day of, at SmithsTix and 24Tix

William Fitzsimmons

This Illinois-based singer-songwriter is known for his songs, which have been heard on "Grey's Anatomy" and "General Hospital." He attributes much of his success to MySpace, and has toured with Ingrid Michaelson and Cary Brothers. Jenny Owen Youngs, who has toured with Aimee Mann and Glen Phillips, is also on the bill.

When » Tuesday, July 14. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Where » The Star Bar, 268 Main St., Park City

Tickets » $5 in advance, $10 day of, at SmithsTix

Homegrown Urban Arts Show

This multimedia show is themed around local artists' graffiti and abstract pieces. Some of the featured art will be created live at the show and displayed throughout the venue, with live hip-hop from Scenic Byway, Feel Good Patrol, and DJ Roksteady.

When » Wednesday, July 15, at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets » $5 at 24Tix


The Utahn who finished second on the most recent season on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" brings his observational humor and impressions to the newest WiseGuys comedy club. He can be seen and heard on the local "Geek Show Podcast" and on-demand TV show.

When » Thursday, July 16, at 8 p.m.

Where » WiseGuys Trolley Square at Poundcakes, 505 S. 600 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets » $15 at SmithsTix

Local Band Recognition Night

Salt Lake City bands Long Distance Operator, American Hollow and This Passing Moment will perform in the latest installment of Club Vegas' local showcase. Long Distance Operator is a psychedelic rock band, American Hollow is a progressive rock outfit, and This Passing Moment is a power trio. Support local music!

When » Thursday, July 16, at 8 p.m.

Where » Club Vegas, 445 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets » $5 in advance, $7 day of, at 24Tix

Black Keys

The second concert of Twilight Concert series features opening act Human Highway and this headliner, the Ohio-based bluesy rock duo of vocalist and guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer and producer Patrick Carney. The band's breakthrough album, last year's "Attack & Release," was going to be recorded with Ike Turner before Turner's death, and ended up being co-produced by Danger Mouse, one-half of Gnarls Barkley.

When » Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m.

Where » Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City

Tickets » Free