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LIVE BANDS TO SERVE UP EVERYTHING FROM FOLK TO FUNK

From country and folk to punk, here's a list of live bands coming through the area.

- THE BOUNTIFUL COMMUNITY THEATER will present the music of local recording artist Afterglow in a special country concert Saturday, April 22, at Woods Cross High School at 7 p.m.Tickets are available for $7 at Carr Stationery, Top Hat Video and Deseret Book in Bountiful, Deseret Book in Layton and Beehive Book in Kaysville and Layton.

- IF FINGERSTYLE IS WHAT YOU WANT, the place to be Saturday night is the University of Utah Social Work Hall.

Guitarist Ed Gerhard, dubbed the "Yo Yo Ma" of folk, will play one night only. Opening guest Tom Long will begin the music at 7:30 p.m.

With lucid tunes such as "The Handing Down" and "Red Mountain Serenade," Gerhard developed a heavy following in the Utah basin.

He first began playing guitar at 14 and has since shared the stage with Don Henley, Kris Kris-topherson, Taj Mahal, Scott Cossu and Liz Story.

Long, also a fingerstyle guitarist, has been playing Los Angeles for years. His style mixes the eclectic tones of Pierre Bensusan, Alex DeGrassi and Kottke.

- THE IDIOSYNCRATIC FUNK NOIR of Wolfgang Press will be heard at the Zephyr Club Saturday, April 22. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The band emerged from Britain's swell of post-punk creativity in 1983 and has since written and recorded with Tom Jones.

In 1991 the band released the album "Queer," which featured the singles "A Girl Like You" and a Randy Newman remake, "Mama Told Me Not to Come."

The band's recent album, "Funky Little Demons," is exactly that. Funky songs with devilish rhymes.

- SLAUGHTER still goes for the kill.

The four-man band from Los Angeles will play the Fairpark Coliseum Sunday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Its new release, "Fear No Evil," continues the band's heavy rock tradition that was built on past songs such as "Up All Night" and "Fly to the Angels" from its album "Stick It to Ya."

- SOME OF THE BEST GUITARISTS AND BASSISTS in the Utah Valley will combine their talents for a Night of Guitars benefit concert Tuesday, April 25, at the Station (Formerly Pier 54) in Provo.

The musicians will perform two 11/2-hour shows with the first beginning at 8:30 p.m. and the second at 10:30 p.m.

Admission is $5. The proceeds will go to the Utah Valley Food & Shelter Coalition.

Classical to classic rock will be featured by such local artists as Matt Harding, Josh Aker, Jared Harris, Eric Beutler, Brady Ward and Bruce Murdock. Also appearing will be one of the valley's most influential jazz double bassist, Lars Yorgason.

- VERUCA SALT slaps neo-punk grind with breathy vocals and creates one of the catchiest sound in the business.

The band will appear twice in Salt Lake City this week. The first show will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the University of Utah's Olpin Union Ballroom. Then on Saturday, April 29, the band will play DV8. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Muffs will open the Union Ballroom show. (See story on Page W7.)

Named after the spoiled rich girl in Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," the four-piece band from Chicago hit the modern music radio stations with the single "Seether" from its debut album "American Thighs." (Think AC/DC.)