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Where the Wild Jams Are
A guide to live music venues in SLC.

By Randy Harward

It seems like only yesterday that we were complaining about a dearth of live music venues in SLC—but look at us now! The local music scene is in full bloom with tons of venues, from tiny little dive bars to high-capacity outdoor arenas, we've got everything. Here's your guide to where the wild jams are. Let the rockin' rumpus start!

A Bar Named Sue
3928 S. Highland Drive, SLC

A Bar Named Sue on State
8136 S. State, Midvale
Cash is king at these themed neighborhood bars, where you can enjoy live music (old-school country, rock 'n' roll), DJs and karaoke.

ABG's Libation Emporium
190 W. Center St., Provo
You might hear that Provo is squeaky clean. It is—but that makes this punk-rock dive even more awesome.

The Acoustic Space at The Gateway
124 S. 400 West, SLC
It's not necessarily acoustic here; you'll find bands as well as solo singer-songwriters.

Albatross Recordings & Ephemera
1305 S. 900 East, SLC
The infrequent shows are events—owner Timo Hatziathanasiou books far-out music to go along with his outre LPs, books and tchotchkes.

201 25th St., Ogden
A former brothel, Alleged is a modern lounge booking occasional live local and regional bands.

Area 51
451 S. 400 West, SLC
This is SLC's goth-industrial mecca, but you'll also catch metal and punk bands here, and enjoy two different types of '80s nights presided over by top local DJs.

Barbary Coast Saloon
4242 S. State, Murray
Biker bars have some great music—everything from country to blues to rock, and it's no different here.

The Bayou
645 S. State, SLC
On Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy live local jazz at this popular Cajun restaurant and beer emporium.

Black Lion
9854 S. 700 East, Sandy
You can rent the Black Lion for your own concert—or simply check out one of their sporadic multi-band events.

Bourbon House
19 E. 200 South, SLC
The name alone will get you in the door, but you'll stay for the local jazz jam as well as funk, soul and DJ acts.

244 25th St., Ogden
Here, you'll find mostly local bands and a lot of great blues acts, but also rock, new wave, singer-songwriters, hair metal tribute acts and cover bands.

The Cabin
825 S. Main, Park City
In addition to live, original local music on the weekends, The Cabin offers weekly open mics, karaoke, dueling pianos and DJs.

Circle Lounge
328 S. State, SLC
EDM is the name of the game at Circle, which books local and touring DJ and electronic acts.

Club 90
9065 S. Monroe St., Sandy
Club 90's main attractions are cover bands because they want you out of your seat. But check their calendar for weekly jazz and bluegrass.

Club X
445 S. 400 West, SLC
Club X offers everything from DJ nights to live punk and metal.

The Complex
536 W. 100 South, SLC
With its three stages, this massive downtown venue books touring metal, punk, indie and hip-hop acts—and you can drink here.

Dejoria Center
970 UT-32, Kamas
At this rustic special events center in the Uinta mountains, enjoy the likes of country singer LeAnn Rimes, hair metal band Slaughter and country gents the Bar J Wranglers.

Delta Performance Hall at Eccles Theater
131 S. Main, SLC
SLC's newest major venue offers everything from singer-songwriters like Amos Lee to mope-rocker Morrissey to country legend Kenny Rogers to Elvis tributes to Johnny freakin' Mathis.

  • Josh Scheuerman

The Depot
400 W. South Temple, SLC
A club/theater, The Depot accommodates mid-level and major touring acts in a variety of genres—but mostly all strains of rock: classic (Todd Rundgren), alternative (Dinosaur Jr.) and papal-satanic (Ghost).

Diabolical Records
238 S. Edison St., SLC
Secreted down a one-way downtown street, Diabolical hosts some of SLC's best local punk, indie, metal and goth rock—plus deliciously obscure touring acts like Nobunny and Tatsuya Nakatani.

Donkey Tails Cantina
136 E. 12300 South, Draper
If you learned anything from Star Wars, it's that Han shot first and cantinas have cool music—and there's nothin' like a massive combo platter while you enjoy some live tunes.

625 Main, Park City
Dance music rules Downstairs, and you'll see mostly dance artists and DJs—including DJ Mom Jeans, aka actor Danny Masterson (That '70s Show), who owns the joint.

The Egyptian Theatre
328 Main, Park City
The gorgeous Egyptian books multi-night stands by oldies bands (Herman's Hermits), classic rockers (Al Stewart), instrumental virtuosos (Robben Ford, Leo Kottke) and disco legends (Village People).

Elixir Lounge
6405 S. 3000 East, Holladay
A stylish lounge near Big Cottonwood Canyon, Elixir offers live acoustic music and DJs.

Flanagan's on Main
438 Main, Park City
On the weekends, Flanagan's offers live music—both covers and originals by local artists, plus DJ sets.

Funk 'N Dive Bar
2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden
There's some great music up in O-town, and you'll find a lot of it here—rock, blues, hip-hop, DJs and even old-timey jazz.

The Gallivan Center
239 S. Main, SLC
This downtown outdoor mini-amphitheater once hosted large local festivals and major touring acts (Gov't Mule, The Black Keys), but now it's known for scheduling local jazz, blues, soul and singer-songwriters.

The Garage
1199 Beck St., North Salt Lake
A roadhouse with breathtaking views of an oil refinery, The Garage books all the best roots music—blues, rockabilly, swing, country, folk and even some surf and (wait for it) garage rock!

326 S. West Temple, SLC
Classy Gracie's doesn't seem like a live music venue—but they bring us rockabilly, blues, folk, DJs and a weekly jazz jam with David Halliday and the Jazz Vespers Quartet.

  • Josh Scheuerman

The Great Saltair
12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna
Although the original castle-like edifice burned down long ago, the new building has hosted many major rock acts from Dio to Simple Minds to The Cult and The Flaming Lips, as well as huge EDM shows.

The Green Pig Pub
31 E. 400 South, SLC
The name just squeals blues, and you'll find it here—along with the occasional rock or jam band.

The Hog Wallow Pub
3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Cottonwood Heights
Live music and good eats are what's up at this cool little venue at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, where jam, funk and blues are often what's for dinner.

The Hotel and Club Elevate
149 W. 200 South, SLC
Dance music reigns at this popular downtown joint, which books local, national and international DJs.

The Ice Haüs
7 E. 4800 South, Murray
Tucked away in SLC suburb Murray, the Haüs offers DJs, singer-songwriters, funk, soul and jazz bands.

  • Josh Scheuerman

In the Venue/Club Sound
219 S. 600 West, SLC
Two venues in one: ITV is the big all-ages room with a retractable roof, Club Sound is the smaller 21-plus place, and everyone from violin virtuoso Lindsey Stirling to punk rockers Bad Religion and outsider singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston have performed here.

Infinity Event Center
26 E. 600 South, SLC
The only place in town where you can see Mexican arena rockers El Tri or Cuca, who are like the Rolling Stones and Motley Crue back in their home country.

751 N. 300 West, SLC
Salt Lake City's coolest LGBTQ bar is hidden between downtown SLC and North Salt Lake—you'll know it by the numerous rainbow flags and the pumpin' sounds of their DJs.

Johnny's On Second
165 E. 200 South, SLC
At Johnny's, the music is fairly varied with DJs and local bands flying the flag for alt-country, blues, rockabilly, funk and folk.

2404 Adams Ave., Ogden
Another O-Town fixture, Kamikaze's offers mainly local music without a favorite genre. You'll find punk, rock, country and celtic folk—among others.

Keys On Main
242 S. Main, SLC
As the name implies, this is a piano bar where you'll find ivory ticklers going Steinway-to-Steinway performing songs you choose—until somebody else pays them to stop.

Kilby Court
741 S. Kilby Court (330 West), SLC
Salt Lake's best all-ages venue is also one of the most unique. "Kilby," as we call it, is where we go to get sweaty while watching buzz bands play a cramped little garage, or sit outside like we're too cool for school.

1051 E. 2100 South, SLC
At Karamba, the music is geared to make you move—you'll find pop, DJs, Latin big bands and even the occasional rock en español act.

Kingsbury Hall
1395 E. President's Circle
The University of Utah's posh venue has hosted some incredible performances from the likes of the Violent Femmes, Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello. It sounds as good as it looks, too.

Liquid Joe's
1249 E. 3300 South, SLC
An everyman's club that books smaller local acts and big-name heritage hair metal bands, plus underground hip-hop and the occasional cult band like Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers.

The Loading Dock
445 S. 400 West, SLC
An all-ages venue specializing in extreme metal, Hot Topic bands and the occasional oddball, like roots rock maniac Lincoln Durham.

Maverik Center
3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City
An arena that, depending on the show, converts to a theater, the Mav has hosted Tool, The Cure, Van Halen, Harry Connick Jr., Melissa Etheridge and Widespread Panic.

Metro Music Hall
615 W. 100 South, SLC
At first, the Metro was pretty metal. Now they book everything, and you should check out the monthly event Hip-Hop Roots, showcasing hot local MCs, b-boys and graffiti writers.

Muse Music
247 W. Center St., Provo
Not even two years into its new building, Muse is one of Provo's popular all-ages venues focusing on local talent of all genres.

O.P. Rockwell
268 Main, Park City
This joint books great bands like The Mother Hips and Andy Frasco & the U.N. while also knowing the value of an all-female AC/DC tribute act like Hell's Belles.

Park City Live
427 Main, Park City
Formerly known as Harry O's, this theater brings in some great shows by jam bands (Galactic), electronic acts (Major Lazer) and singer-songwriters (Martin Sexton).

Pat's BBQ
155 W. Commonwealth Ave., SLC
Put down the ribs and mosey on down to Howie's Hall inside this BBQ hall to get your weekend toe-tapping on.

Peppermill Concert Hall
680 Wendover Blvd.,
West Wendover, Nev.
SLC locals love to escape to their own version of Sin City, where they can gamble and drink and catch concerts by Night Ranger, The Temptations and Engelbert Humperdinck.

  • Josh Scheuerman

Red Butte Garden
300 Wakara Way, SLC
Every summer, we look forward to this arboretum's annual outdoor concert series, which attracts more and bigger shows every year, and allows us to bring coolers crammed with grub 'n' booze.

The Royal
4760 S. 900 East, SLC
Owned by nationally known rock-cum-country band Royal Bliss, you'll find everything from active rock to folk to Reggae Thursdays, which features a different act—sometimes local, sometimes touring—every week.

Sandy Amphitheater
1245 E. 9400 South, Sandy
It abuts a park and a residential area, and is near a hospital. That might be why the shows here—the Lost '80s Tour, Toad the Wet Sprocket, "Weird" Al, The Doobie Brothers—seem so quiet.

3040 S. State, SLC
A pirate-themed huka bar, Scallywags hosts DJs and occasional hip-hop.

149 W. Pierpont Ave., SLC
It's mostly DJs and dance music at Sky, a downtown venue with a drop-top roof, but sometimes they'll book pretty cool bands like the Meat Puppets or Soul Asylum.

Snowbasin Resort
3925 Snowbasin Road, Huntsville
The resort's Blues, Brews & BBQ concert series fills five hours every summer Sunday with sun, suds, meat and free concerts by touring rock, blues, jam and soul acts.

Snowbird Resort
9385 S. Snowbird Center Drive, Snowbird
The renowned ski destination offers live music throughout its resort.

The Spur Bar & Grill
352 Main, Park City
There is something for everyone on the Spur's stage: cover bands, original local music and dueling pianos.

The State Room
638 S. State, SLC
Real music lovers will adore this theater where you can watch the likes of Todd Snider, Junior Brown or Los Lobos from the floor or from church pews and theater seats arranged stadium-style, while enjoying a stiff drink.

The Tavernacle
201 E. 300 South, SLC
Here's another dueling pianos bar—where it gets pretty wild as two pianists play covers for money and the highest bidder wins.

  • Josh Scheuerman

Twilight Concert Series at Pioneer Park
350 S. 300 West
From July through Labor Day, this affordable and well-curated series is not to be missed, featuring big-name indie rock and hip-hop acts with support from marquee locals.

Twilite Lounge
347 E. 200 South
You know your favorite neighborhood dive back home? This is ours. Stop by "The Twi" on Wednesdays and see Jazz Jaguars, a trio of local rockers performing lounge versions of their louder stuff.

32 Exchange Place, SLC
A very cool room with eclectic offerings including residencies by top local DJs, acoustic sets by local singer-songwriters, and even some funk.

The Underground
833 S. Main, SLC
There's a reason it's called the Underground—they don't really promote their shows, even on their Facebook page. But once in a while a show pops up ... and it's usually pretty good, even if you don't know who it is.

The Urban Lounge
241 S. 500 East, SLC
"The Urban" reigns supreme in the local music scene, booking mid-to-big names in a room that sounds great, but seems far too small for the talent—which we love, especially when the booker pairs them up with the crème de la local crème.

Usana Amphitheatre
5150 S. 6055 West, Magna
Usana hosts the valley's largest outdoor concerts (like blockbusters Black Sabbath, Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney), where you can chug $10 tallboys and love every summery minute.

135 N. University Ave., Provo
This all-ages venue in Provo champions local musicians. Corey Fox created something special with Velour, which birthed Neon Trees.

Vivint Smart Home Arena
301 W. South Temple
When the Utah Jazz aren't around and it's too cold for Usana, this is where the really big shows get booked.

The Westerner
3360 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City
There aren't too many places around that specialize in country music—maybe because The Westerner whoops all new-comers with a massive dance floor and every local country act beatin' down its doors.

Willie's Lounge
1716 S. Main, SLC
You're the star on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during their rockin' karaoke.

Zest Kitchen & Bar
275 S. 200 West, SLC
Gourmet gluten-free grub and live music? Shut up and take my money! This is the place to go to expand your oral and aural horizons with food and music you've never experienced before.

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