Here are some musical highlights in the region during the next week:
- TWO BANDS - For two nights the Zephyr Club will feature the rocking drones of the Twist Offs and the rave of God Lives Underwater. Both bands will play Friday and Saturday, April 14 & 15.Ohio-based Twist Offs formed in 1993 and created its own record label, Interrobang Records. After releasing its debut album "Make Me Laugh," the band began touring and to date has covered more than 90,000 mile and performed some 300 shows.
The band consists of guitarist vocalist Erik Walter, trombone player Al Mothersbaugh, trumpeteer Brian Fricky, bassist Dave Connoly, guitarist Patrick Drouin, drummer Gregg Garlock and saxist Andy Stephan.
While most ska fans would consider this band more rock than ska, the show is bound to get bodies moving. The band's latest release is "Live in Ohio."
The night will cap with God Lives Underwater. The band's self-titled album was released on American Recordings.
- THE FOLKSY CHORDS of local recording artist Peter Breinholt & Big Parade will fill the Austad Auditorium in the Browning Fine Arts Center at Weber State University, Saturday, April 15.
Guest Nancy Hanson will begin the show at 7:30 p.m.
Reserved seating tickets are available for $7 at all Dee Events Center ticket outlets, Tom Tom Music in Bountiful and Sandy and all Graywhale CD Exchange stores.
Breinholt, a favorite among local folkers, combines extensive and intricate guitar with drawing vocals and a dynamic stage presence. His latest release "Songs About the Great Divide" expands on his flowing, emotional style.
Easy ambling of tunes such as "Turn the Other Way," "The Fool in the Tavern" come together with the upbeat anthems of "Wandering," "Call My Name (Hold My Hand)" and the snappy title cut to form a picturesque journey through the heart.
Breinholt's band Big Parade include bassist Mike Ensign and guitarist Rex Griffiths.
- BLUEGRASS BASH - For those who'd like to stick around the Salt Lake area, you can hear the "lonesome sound of the early chronicles of bluegrass" when Dr. Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys perform at the University of Utah's Fine Arts Auditorium, Saturday, April 15.
The music starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available for $10 in advance at Acoustic Music, Compact Discounter, Intermountain Guitar & Banjo, Local Music, Smokey's Records and all Dan's Food Stores.
Born in southwestern Virginia in 1927, Stanley learned to play the banjo from his mother. During the 1940s, Stanley joined his guitar-picking brother Carter to form the Stanley Brothers.
After Carter's death in 1966, Stanley formed the Clinch Mountain Boys and has been serenading audiences ever since.
- THE GOTHIC TECHNOMETAL of Circle of Dust will swirl around the Zephyr Club, Wednesday, April 19.
In the beginning, the group was actually comprised of one (a la Nine Inch Nails) Scott Albert who plays drums and keyboards. After the group expanded to three (guitarist Daren Diolosa and drummer Jason Tilton), it rerecorded Albert's original debut "Circle of Dust." The band is currently working on a new video for the album's single "Onenemy."