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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Spotlight show • The 55-year-old soul singer Sharon Jones loves being the frontwoman of her suddenly hip retro-funk band, the Dap-Kings, Jones said in an interview. Previously, she worked as an armored car guard in the early 1990s and as a corrections officer at Rikers Island in the late 1980s. "You do what you have to do," she said. "I wanted to have a home." Fame has come only relatively recently, in the years since the group's debut, "Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings," was released in 2002. "Up until, I struggled," she said. "After 2005, I finally got a credit card and bank account. Now, I'm getting my blessings. I got my mother out of the projects." Jones takes pride in never abandoning her roots by becoming a pop singer. "I wanted to be a soul singer," she said. "Being able to do what I wanted to do was the greatest thing." Buckwheat Zydeco opens.

When • Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $35 for Garden members, $40 for general public, $25 for children 12 and under, at or calling 801-585-0556

Black Francis

Spotlight show • Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV is better known to his devoted fans as Frank Black or Black Francis, and as the leader of the influential alt-rock band The Pixies as well as a beloved solo artist since 1993 (with an on-again, off-again relationship with the rest of the Pixies). In a Tribune interview, Thompson said he and his five kids are moving back to his home state of Massachusetts this summer, and on the way, why not stop at a few of his favorite cities along the way to play an acoustic set? "My family and I will be in a tour bus, and stopping every once in a while," he said. (Eric Drew Feldman, who has been a producer of Frank Black albums, will also perform.) Just a few weeks before the tour began, Thompson said he wasn't sure what his set would entail, although he was toying with the idea of playing a single song from each of his albums, including the Pixies. Of course, the question always remains: Will the Pixies ever record a new album? "I can't promise that, but it's always a possibility," he said. Cryptically, he said moving back east from Oregon represents "time for a change ... Time for new chapter."

When • Friday, July 15, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at

Lisa Lampanelli

Spotlight show • The comic will perform in Wendover, although she said in an interview "the only good thing about Wendover is that it's close to Salt Lake City." She added: "Tell Salt Lake City people to come so we can up the IQ." Did I mention she's known as the Queen of Mean? On the phone, she talked about everything from her mother ("The female Archie Bunker"), her love-hate relationship with this season's "The Bachelorette" ( "this b____ is so stupid [and] she's not that attractive") and her recent notoriety as being the basis of an "answer" on a "Jeopardy!" episode. Lampanelli said she was honored for being "The Daily Double," but fell back down to earth after none of the contestants were able to name her. Oh well, she said. "It makes you more famous."

When • Saturday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $30 to $60 at

Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone

The English band was created in Manchester in 1963, and is famous for a string of pop singles, including "I'm Into Something Good," "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat," "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" and, my favorite, ""I'm Henry VIII, I Am." Noone, 63, was known as Herman.

When • Friday, July 15, 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $14 to $22 at SmithsTix

The Rosebuds

This North Carolina indie-rock duo consists of Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp. The two met in college in Wilmington, NC, and have since released five full-lengths, including "Loud Planes Fly Low" in June. The duo's touring line-up will include a drummer and violinist, while later this summer they will tour with Bon Iver. Otherlives is also on the bill.

When • Friday, July 15, 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $14 at 24Tix

Mountain Music Festival

Jamming is encouraged around the Snowbird Center this weekend, as shows, band scrambles, workshops and other activities go around-the-clock. Visit for more information and a schedule.

When • Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17

Where • Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon

Tickets • All main stage festival events are free and open to the public.

Jon Schmidt

The local classical-pop pianist is a summer and Christmas-time tradition in Utah. He received more than 1.6 million hits on YouTube for his piano-cello arrangement of Taylor Swift's "Love Story" and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida," which is called "Love Story meets Viva La Vida."

When • Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $7 to $10 at SmithsTix

Chuck Mead

The leader of alt-country band BR549 has also gained fame recently for being the musical director of the Broadway smash "Million Dollar Quartet" (which will hit Utah in a touring production the summer of 2012). In 2009, he released his solo debut album, "Journeyman's Wager," and toured with his band The Grassy Knoll Boys. His new covers album is "Back At The Quonset Hut." Ugly Valley Boys perform.

When • Saturday, July 16 at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $14 at

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

This Vermont rock band is led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter. In late May, Vermont chocolate maker Lake Champlain Chocolates created a new chocolate bar in honor of Potter called Grace Under Fire, and the dark chocolate bar contains pistachios and red pepper flakes — to give you an idea of the fiery and passionate Potter. Potter is a duet partner on Kenny Chesney's current country hit, "You and Tequila." Rayland Baxter opens.

When • Saturday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 in advance, $25 day of, at SmithsTix

Mama's Temple Choir

The Utah Cultural Celebration Center presents an evening of traditional gospel music sung by the more than 60 members of Mama's Temple Choir. The choir, now in its 28th year, has played countless venues throughout Utah and the region, and has won dozens of awards and accolades. Named after Dr. Rosemary (Mama) Redmon Cosby, the choir is now under the direction of her daughter and minister of music Rosalind E. Cazares. The choir has performed backup singing for many contemporary artists, including Reba McEntire, John Tesh, Lyle Lovett, David Osmond, Michael Bolton and Celine Dion.

When • Monday, July 18 at 8 p.m.

Where • Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City

Tickets • Free

Will Sartain

The co-owner of Kilby Court and Urban Lounge is a successful musician in his own right and has toured internationally. Influenced by The Kinks, the acoustic-pop musician has opened for Frank Black, Stephen Malkmus, Mates of State, Of Montreal and Ben Kweller. Tim Pourbaix and Cathy Foy are also on the bill.

When • Monday, July 18 at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $5 at 24Tix

Onward to Olympas

Yes, the band's name includes the spelling "Olympas," not "Olympus." The Christian metal band is touring with Before There Was Rosalyn, Creations, and The Burial. The band's new album is "The War Within Us."

When • Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 in advance, $12 day of, at SmithsTix

H.R. of Bad Brains

H.R. ("Human Rights") is the stage name of Paul D. Hudson, 55, the lead singer of the punk band Bad Brains. His solo work tends to be mellower and more reminiscent of reggae than punk. H.R. and his bandmates became Rastafarians more than three decades ago. Katastro and Vena Cava are also on the bill.

When • Wednesday, July 20 at 9 p.m.

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

Tickets • $10 in advance, $15 day of, at SmithsTix

Rebirth Brass Band

If the Salt Lake International Jazz Festival left you with a hunger for more jazz, here's your chance. This New Orleans brass band recently released its latest CD, "Rebirth of New Orleans," on Basin Street Records, and has reached No. 1 on the CMJ Jazz charts. Shaky Trade opens.

When • Wednesday, July 20 at 8 p.m.

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

Tickets • $20 at

Lori McKenna

The Bluebird Cafe Concert Series presented by Sundance continues with Lori McKenna, whose soothing voice is promoting her latest release, "Lorraine." She has written songs recorded by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Alison Krauss and Keith Urban.

When • Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m.

Where • Zoom, 660 Main Street, Park City

Tickets • $90 per person; including a three-course meal at 6 p.m. Performances held on outdoor patio at 8 p.m. Tickets at Zoom 435-649-9108.