Music Picks Sept. 4-10 | Live: Hip-Hop Dance Off, Red Rock Rondo, Lahpah Fest, Joan Osborne, Rootz Underground | Music | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly

Music Picks Sept. 4-10 | Live: Hip-Hop Dance Off, Red Rock Rondo, Lahpah Fest, Joan Osborne, Rootz Underground 

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Thursday 9.4
Dokken (Murray Theater); Passive (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Urban Heat (Urban Lounge)

Friday 9.5
HIP-HOP DANCE-OFF
David LaChappelle’s 2005 documentary Rize inspired many viewers to hide away in their bedrooms and covertly attempt to mimic the hyperactive dance movements captured in the film. LaChappelle stumbled on a movement rising up from South Central Los Angeles centered on Krumping and Clowning—styles of dance that the doc’s subjects repeatedly emphasize “are not a trend,” but rather serve as powerful, nonviolent forms of self-expression and anger management. Characterized by a raw physicality, both interactive dance styles involve a group circling around one performer at a time. It’s intense, to say the least. Tonight and tomorrow, Salt Lake City’s Krump Academy invites you to test your skills—or just watch the action—at a dance-off with judging and music by local hip-hop group Saint City. Underground, 859 S. 800 East, 7:30 p.m. All-ages.

Also Friday: Cunninlynguists (Aperture); Brokencyde, School Boy Humor (Avalon); Sam Payne (Sandy Amphitheater); Vanessa Hudgens (Utah State Fairpark); Tolchock Trio CD Release (Urban Lounge—Read Article); Rattlesnake Shake (Club Vegas); Due West (Harry O’s, Park City)

 Saturday 9.6
RED ROCK RONDO CD RELEASE
In another lifetime, Phillip Bimstein played hyperactive new-wave singles readymade for ’80s-era MTV. Then he moved to Springdale and embraced a new mellow groove writing mostly classical folk songs about southern Utah and Zion National Park. By all accounts, he’s a man of the people. But Bimstein is equally passionate about nature and with his group Red Rock Rondo explores the precarious relationship between the two. The group’s latest album, Zion Canyon Song Cycle (written on a grant through the Continental Harmony commissioning program), delivers an aural history of the town through 16 tracks based on colorful locals including silent film cowboy star Troy Mix, aka “The Boy Who Never Saw a Train.” If you like experimental classical and folk/Americana music with well-spun yarns, don’t miss tonight’s Cycle debut. It’s certainly a far cry from Bimstein’s Phil ’n’ The Blanks. Look ’em up, too. It’s a gas. Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: ArtTix.org

Also Saturday: Tolchock Trio (Kilby Court); Hillbilly Hellcats (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Royal Bliss, Drop Dead Julio, Three Reasons (Club Vegas); Form Of Rocket, Red Bennies, Future of the Ghost (Urban Lounge); Utah Music Fest (Ogden Amphitheatre)

Sunday 9.7
LAHPAH FEST
Wasatch United Front presents its second installment of the outdoor concert formerly known as Benefit for the Homeless. Now recognized as Local Artists Helping Prevent and Assist the Homeless, Lahpah Fest continues its original mission to deliver quality live music for a great cause. This year’s eclectic lineup includes ¡Andale!, Colin Robison and Gentri Watson, Brinton Jones (The Devil Whale), Jackie Campbell, Chaz Prymek (see City Weekly’s Salt Blog for his tour diaries), Shaky Trade, Mad Max & The Wild Ones, Our Time In Space, Afro Omega, James Shook, Radio Rhythm Makers, Jebu, RuRu, Debi Graham Band, and Mandalas. All proceeds will go toward assisting children who are aging out of foster care, as well as the chronically homeless. Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, 12-10 p.m. All-ages.
Tickets: 24Tix.com

JOAN OSBORNE
Since gaining mainstream attention in 1995 for “One of Us,” the popular single off her solid debut Relish, Joan Osborne has sustained a steady career and earned the respect of established musicians and audiences who recognize she’s much more than a one-hit wonder. The “blue-eyed soul singer” recently released Breakfast In Bed, a collection of soul classics and original material that showcases her incredible voice—passionate, gritty and wholly unique. Osborne opens for John Hiatt (see Music, p. 48) in the second to last Red Butte show of the season. Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 585-0556

Also Sunday: Jucifer, Top Dead Celebrity (Bar Deluxe); The Dirty Hearts (Urban Lounge)

Monday 9.8
Colour Revolt, Atherton, Paul Jacobsen & The Madison Arm (Solid Ground Café); Centro-Matic, Cub Country (Urban Lounge); The Contra (Burt’s Tiki Lounge)

Tuesday 9.9
Marcus, Thunderfist: DVD Filming (Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Ogden); Night Marchers (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Stage Sessions (Club Vegas)

Wednesday 9.10
ROOTZ UNDERGROUND
As the class of 2012 enters college this fall, many of its members will land in a dorm room plastered with posters of Scarface, pin-ups, and Bob Marley. In the past 20 years, the reggae legend has become a household name, and in the process, his politically charged message has been largely diluted—replaced by empty bong salutes to Legend. Of course, Marley also paved the way for future generations of reggae artists committed to restoring purposeful meaning to the good vibrations. Enter Rootz Underground, seven young musicians from Kingston whose original compositions rage against corruption, ignorance and greed while maintaining a positive attitude set to upbeat reggae, roots-rock and straight-up rock grooves. The group is clearly proud of their culture, and it attempts to wake up the next generation with songs like “Victims of the System,” in which they suggest, “Forgive, never forget.” The Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com

COMING UP
G.Love & Special Sauce, John Butler Trio (Red Butte Garden, Sept. 11); Blitzen Trapper (Kilby Court); Rosewood Thieves (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Sept. 12); BT (Harry O’s, Sept. 12); Hell’s Belles (Teazers, Sept. 12); TV On The Radio (In the Venue, Sept. 13); FoalsEek-a-Mouse (Urban Lounge, Sept. 15); CSS, Tilly & The Wall (In the Venue, Sept. 15); Rancid (In the Venue, Sept. 16-17); Ra Ra Riot, Walter Meego (Kilby Court, Sept. 17)

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