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Lounge Act Weekend: Tunes, Art, Comedy, Dance and more

by Dan Nailen
- Posted // 2011-03-25 -

A massive weekend of activities at your disposal, so dodge the snow and skip the NCAA tourney action and hit the town. We have the weekend's highlights right here.

Friday

The musical highlight Friday is the Bronco CD release party at The Urban Lounge, which includes opening sets by Callow, The Rubes and Fauna before the alt-country kids in Bronco, pictured, take the stage  in support of their new album, Painting Pictures of a Perfect Life

Other worthy shows Friday night: Excellent Portland singer/songwriter Fernando plays at Pat's BBQ at 7 p.m., and Blackhole, Rifamos and Plastic Furs are playing Burt's Tiki Lounge at 9 p.m. 

Friday also marks the opening of the Poor Yorick Spring Open Studio, when you can go check out all manner of killer contemporary art, some of it still in the process of being created, without dealing with the stiff museum vibe. And standup fans will want to note the appearance of Harland Williams at Wiseguys in West Valley City. Williams also appears on Saturday.

Saturday

The musical highlight on Saturday comes courtesy of The Future of the Ghost, hosting CD release parties at both Kilby Court and The Urban Lounge in support of their new disc, A Blessing for Your Heart. Read our interview with the band about the new project right here, then check out one of the shows.

Up at The Canyons in Park City, Los Lobos plays a free show at 3 p.m., with Abraxas opening, part of the Spring Gruv celebration that continues Sunday with John Popper and the Duskray Troubadors playing at 3 p.m. And The Old World, formerly the band known as Matt Ben Jackson, is hosting a CD release party for its new album at the Post Theater at the U. And the Utah Symphony is presenting Mozart's Final Compositions Friday and Saturday.

For something a little different, the Holi Festival of Colors is worth checking out if you have time to roll to the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork. The festival gets about 25,000 attendees through the day, and it's quite the spectacle. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is hosting Cabaret of Fools, its annual fundraiser--and it's one of the most fun in town, as far as fundraising parties go--Saturday night at the Rose Wagner.

Sunday

The comic book lovers out there will want to make a visit to The Urban Lounge to see Peelander-Z, the Japanese band that is like a living comic book, and Anamanaguchi, the band who did the soundtrack for the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World video game. Over at The State Room, the MarchFourth Marching Band is throwing down a headlining set. Sunday at Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the U, there's a benefit concert for Japan at 6:30 p.m.

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