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A WHOLE SPECTRUM OF SOUNDS AND STYLES HEADING TO S.L.

Blues, folk, rock and rockabilly swing are coming to Salt Lake City. Here are a few shows stopping through:

- RAPPER ICE CUBE will appear at the Fairpark Coliseum, Wednesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. Da Brat will open the show.Ice Cube, formerly of N.W.A, which also featured Easy-E (who died last week from complications of AIDS) and rap producer Dr. Dre, is one of the pioneers in "gangsta rap" - a form of rap that tells the gritty story of the violent life in the streets.

He also appeared in John Singleton's 1991 flick "Boyz 'n the Hood." Ice Cube played Doughboy, one of three friends (the others were portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr. and Morris Chestnut) who grew up in South Central Los Angeles. The film also featured Lawrence Fishburn.

- CLARK TERRY, jazz legend and educator, will perform at the Salt Lake Hilton Ballroom, Tuesday, April 11, at 8 p.m.

Terry, who mentored great jazz trumpeteers such as Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong, is the only jazz artist to appear regularly with the Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras.

He also broke color barriers and was the first black musician to find his name on NBC's payroll when he joined the Tonight Show orchestra. He decided to remain in New York when the show moved to Los Angeles in 1972.

Throughout the years, Terry increased his attention to passing the torch of musical improvisation onto future generations.

- RENEGADE SAINTS - The danceable, heartfelt, high-energy sound of Renegade Saints will fill the Cinema Bar, Saturday, April 8. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The band, which formed in 1991, comprises keyboardist Mike Walker, bassist Dave Coey, guitarist/vocalist John Shipe, guitarist/vocalist Alan Toribio and new drummer David Austin, who replaced Andy Mitchell earlier this year.

Renegade Saints' debut "Fear of the Sky" features rich, three-part harmonies, a rolling Hammond organ and rocking guitars.

- COSY SHERIDAN, the singer/songwriter who just relocated to Moab from the folk-laden rocks of New England, will perform at the University of Utah Social Work Auditorium, Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the show are available for $10 in advance at Acoustic Music, Intermountain Guitar & Banjo, Compact Discounter, Smokey's Records, Local Music and all Dan's grocery stores.

Saturday's show will mark Sheridan's first appearance in Utah as a Utah resident. Her style includes syncopated accompaniments, humable melodies and intelligent and evocative lyrics. Recently Sheridan won the Telluride Troubadour Award, which was won in the past by such artists as Nanci Griffith, John Gorka, Lyle Lovett and David Wilcox.

- TIMCO - Joining the ranks of other San Francisco bands such as Red House Painters and the American Music Club, Timco is quickly making a name for itself.

The band will make a stop at the Cinema Bar, Monday, April 10. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Formed by former Nice Strong Arm guitarist Kevin Thomson, the band - which also features Ethyl MD on drums and John Wischman on bass - hammer out poignant songs with a balanced mix of guitar surge, bottomed out drumming, flowing basslines and melancholy lyrics.

- TEXAS SWING, rockabilly and jazz-laden rhythm & blues will fill the Zephyr Club Wednesday, April 12, when Little Charlie and the Nightcats come to town. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The band features guitarist Little Charlie Baty, harmonica player Rick Estrin, drummer Dobie Strange and new bassist Ronnie James Weber.

"Straight Up!," the band's sixth album, keeps the spirit of the roots of rock 'n' roll with its West Coast jump blues/swing revival sound.