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Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and 19 other shows coming to Utah this month

SALT LAKE CITY — Pull out your calendar.

It's a new month and a lot of great music is heading this way. Rockers Bon Jovi, R&B singer Mavis Staples, blues legend Buddy Guy, Broadway star Audra McDonald and Disney composer Alan Menken are just a few of the acts coming to the Beehive State this month.

Here's a list of 21 shows coming to Utah. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive.

March 1 — The Infamous Stringdusters

The five friends that form the bluegrass group The Infamous Stringdusters have received a lot of attention lately as their 2017 album, “Laws of Gravity,” won best bluegrass album in this year’s Grammy Awards. The group performs at the State Room on March 1, and while the show is sold out, there might be a shot at tickets through the fan-to-fan ticket exchange Lyte, that can be accessed through the State Room’s website.

March 3 — Mavis Staples

Gospel/soul singer Mavis Staples was just in the Beehive State last year, performing alongside longtime friend Bob Dylan. The prolific songwriter, who began performing in the 1950s with her family group, The Staple Singers, returns to Utah to perform at the Park City Institute on March 3. Her latest album, "If All I Was Was Black" was released November 2017.

March 7 — Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers/Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers are bringing their blend of soul, pop and funk to the State Room on March 7. The energetic Michigan-based band opens for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, a four-piece funk band from Baltimore touring in support of their latest album, “Pizazz.”

“Each song becomes like a spring-loaded can of worms: There’s all this energy boxed up in a neat little package, and then when you come see us live, the cap comes off and the contents fly out in every direction like fireworks,” Pigeons frontman Greg Ormont said in a news release.

March 7 — Awolnation

The alternative rock band Awolnation rose to fame in 2011 with its first single “Sail,” that peaked at No. 17 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and remains the group’s most successful song to date. Awolnation released its third album, “Here Come the Runts,” earlier this month and is on tour in support of that album that boasts music that is more rock ‘n’ roll in nature compared to the electric sound of the group’s first two albums. Awolnation performs at The Complex on March 7.

March 7 — Tinsley Ellis

Blues guitarist/singer Tinsley Ellis became obsessed with music as a boy while getting into British Invasion bands such as the Animals, the Yardbirds, the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Giving him an extra push into the music world was B.B. King, who he was able to see in concert.

"I was front row center at a B.B. King concert. He broke a string and handed it to me. I still have it with me. As a matter of fact, it's about 25 feet away from me right now,” Ellis told the Deseret News in a 1997 interview. Ellis performs at Park City’s O.P. Rockwellon March 7.

March 7-8 — Alan Menken

He gave us the music for “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Newsies,” “Hercules” and many other Disney classics. Now, film score composer Alan Menken is coming to BYU’s de Jong Concert Hallfor two nights to share the stories and songs behind his three-decade career of hit movies and musicals.

March 8 — Ethan Gruska/Lucius

The four-piece indie-pop band Lucius is bringing an acoustic performance to the State Room on March 8. Fronted by lead singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who both attended Berklee College of Music and share synchronous aesthetic choices, Lucius will perform stripped-down versions of its songs. Opening for the band is singer-songwriter Ethan Gruska, who toured with Ray LaMontagne in support of his debut solo album “Slowmotionary.” The show is sold out, but there might be a shot at tickets through the fan-to-fan ticket exchange Lyte, which can be accessed through the State Room’s website.

March 9 — They Might Be Giants

The alternative rock band with a popular cover of “Istanbul (not Constantinople)” is bringing its clever word play and quirky songs to The Depot on March 9. John Flansburgh and John Linnell formed They Might Be Giants as a duo in the 1980s, but the group has since expanded to include a backing band. Major hits from They Might Be Giants include “Boss of Me” — which was the theme song for the TV show “Malcolm in the Middle” — that earned them a Grammy, “Particle Man” and “Birdhouse in Your Soul.”

March 12 — The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow, a Brooklyn-based trio rich in harmonies and deeply rooted in Americana takes the State Room stage on March 12. When frontman Zach Williams’ wife was thrown from a horse, Williams spent days in the hospital at her bedside, keeping a journal to record his thoughts and emotions. That journal became his first batch of songs as a solo artist, according to the band’s website. Williams was later joined by friends Brian Elmquist and Kanene Pipkin, and the trio has since produced three albums of harmony-infused music.The show is sold out, but there might be a shot at tickets through the fan-to-fan ticket exchange Lyte, which can be accessed through the State Room’s website.

March 13 — Phillip Phillips

Phillip Phillips stepped onto the “American Idol” scene as a 20-year-old singer/songwriter from Georgia, wooing judges with his raspy voice. Prior to auditioning, Phillips worked at his family’s pawn shop and attended college, but missed his graduation because of his participation on “American Idol.” Phillips went on to win the show’s 11th season in 2012, and his coronation song “Home” because theall-time best-selling song from the show. The singer’s third album Collateral” was released January 2018, and Phillips will perform at The Depot on March 13.

March 16 — Bon Jovi

It’s a big year for the New Jersey-bred rockers Bon Jovi. In April, Howard Stern will induct the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but about a month before that major milestone, Bon Jovi will perform at Vivint Arena on March 16 as part of its “This House is Not For Sale” tour. Among the longtime musicians backing up Jon Bon Jovi and playing monster hits such as "Livin' on a Prayer and "Runaway" is bassist Hugh McDonald — a Park City resident who although has played regularly with the band since 1994, did not become an official member until 2016.

March 14 — Joanne Shaw Taylor

A star in the U.K.'s blues-rock world, Joanne Shaw Taylor is bringing her big voice to the Urban Lounge on March 14. In an interview with Blues Blast magazine, Taylor described her songwriting process: "I tend to write from a biographical point of view because it makes the lyrics more heartfelt. At the end of the day, I have to sing these songs about 200 times a year for the rest of my life, so I want to feel each song."

March 16 — Pat Benatar

The powerhouse voice behind “Heartbreaker,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Love is a Battlefield” is coming to the Beehive State on March 16. Joining the four-time Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano is longtime husband and bandmate Neil “Spyder” Giraldo, and the pair will perform at St. George’s Tuacahn Amphitheater.

March 20 — Chick Corea

Joined by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chick Corea will take BYU’s de Jong concert hall stage on March 20. The jazz fusion pianist/composer has 22 Grammys to his name, and will perform a repertoire ranging from original compositions to the works of legends Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and other jazz composers.

March 20 — The Oh Hellos

Siblings Maggie and Tyler Heath wrote a song for their mom and liked the process of collaborating so much that they decided to form a folk-rock duo in 2011 called The Oh Hellos. In a 2015 interview with the blog NoiseTrade, the Texas natives shared what it’s like to be in a band with a sibling: “We’ve always had a positive and supportive relationship,” the band told NoiseTrade. “Neither of us like confrontation, so in writing music together we’ve really had to work hard to learn to communicate more honestly. At the end of the day, though, we know that we’ll always be family.”

The Oh Hellos will perform at Salt Lake City’s The Complex on March 20.

March 21 — John Hiatt and the Goners

His songs have been covered by a diverse group of artists — ranging from Bob Dylan to Iggy Pop — and multi-instrumentalist and singer John Hiatt, backed by his band The Goners, will perform at the Eccles Theater on March 21. Also joining Hiatt is blues musician/slide guitarist Sonny Landreth.

March 23 — Andy Grammer

The pop singer behind the monster hit “Honey I’m Good” released his third album, titled “The Good Parts,” in December 2017. Touring in support of that album, Grammer told the radio station PopCrush that the album reveals more vulnerability than his previous ones.

"My last birthday, I had invited a lot of my close friends over," he told PopCrush. "I really just missed my mother, who passed away about nine years ago. Instead of a big birthday party, I wrote an email, saying, 'It’s a little bit strange to ask you to emotionally help me unpack some things, but if you show up and help me get through it, I’d love to tell you about her.' … They all came over, and I told them stories about my mom, and we all ugly cried through three hours.”

Grammer lays out all of his emotions in 13 pop songs on his latest album and will bring that music to The Depot on March 23.

March 23-24 — Audra McDonald

Broadway star Audra McDonald, known for her roles in “Carousel,” “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Porgy and Bess” among others, will bring a night of musical theater hits to the Abravanel Hall stage, performing alongside the Utah Symphony on March 23-24.

March 24 — Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman

In the 1990s and 2000s, Mexican divas Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman broke stereotypes and boundaries with music that defied what female pop singers throughout the continent were doing at the time, according to Billboard. The pop rockers will be bringing their hits to Vivint Arena on March 24.

March 26 — Buddy Guy and John Mayall

Blues legend Buddy Guy might be 81 years old, but he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. The man whose career influenced artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan will perform at the Eccles Theater with British blues guitarist/singer John Mayall, 84.

March 31 — Matt and Kim

Matt and Kim, an indie-electronic duo from Brooklyn, are bringing their upbeat dance music and energetic live show to The Depot on March 31. “The show is not just the two of us: It’s the 3002 of us, or however big the venue is,” Matt said in a band biography. The duo plans to release its sixth album, “Almost Everyday,” later this year.