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SLCene Suggests: 5 Tips for Your Week

by on May 31, 2012

Ogden Music Festival, Ft. Buenaventura, Friday-Sunday, times & prices vary

One of the best music events in the state is this unassuming little festival put together each year by the Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music. This is the fifth anniversary of the three-day affair, and it returns to the lush Fort Buenaventura park after flooding from the Weber River forced it into the mountains last year. Not only will you get a diverse array of acoustic-based tunes, including national, regional and local acts–from Robert Earl Keen to the Claire Lynch Band to jammers Elephant Revival–there is also local food and beer (be sure to try Roosters’ brew if you get a chance). Go for one day or all three-you can’t go wrong.

Robert Earl Keen performs Saturday, June 2, at the Ogden Music Festival.

Million Dollar Quartet, Capitol Theatre, Friday-Sunday, times & prices vary

This touring production recounts the night in December 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins met up for an impromptu jam session at the legendary Sun Records studio in Memphis. It’s one magical blast through some of the classic rock and roll moments that those artists delivered during their time in the spotlight. For Lewis, the spotlight is still shining; his new album is available at the merch booth at the Capitol Theatre. You can read my full review of Million Dollar Quartet right here.

Million Dollar Quartet runs through Sunday, June 3, at Capitol Theatre.

Utah Pride Parade, 200 South, Sunday, 10 a.m., free

The annual Utah Pride Festival has all manner of worthy activities, from concerts to rallies, but the parade–the second largest in the state–is always a special kind of awesome. If you’ve been, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, well, suffice to say it’s roughly the polar opposite of the Pioneer Day Parade. This year the route has moved to go from east to west along 200 South, starting on 400 East and disbanding at West Temple.

Downtown Farmers Market 20th Anniversary Celebration, Squatters, Tuesday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $50 

This annual party always comes just a few days before the Downtown Farmers Market kicks off another season, and so it goes again this year. As far as fundraisers go, this is a great one, offering all manner of food and drinks from Farmers Market regulars–in addition to brews from Squatters and occasionally cocktails from High West. You can meet and mingle with the farmers, and get a mean buzz on to boot. Just be sure to show up hungry.

Maria Bamford, Wiseguys Trolley Square, Wednesday, 9 p.m., $20

Some of you might know comedian Maria Bamford as one of “The Comedians of Comedy,” alongside Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn and Zach Galifinakis. Most of you probably don’t know her by name, but do know her bizarre Target commercials that come around each Christmastime. Bamford is brilliantly offbeat in her standup comedy, making audiences laugh often, and cringe occasionally, as she dissects her life growing up, her past relationships and her seemingly on-edge emotional state.

Maria Bamford headlines at Wiseguys Comedy Cafe at Trolley Square on Wednesday, June 6.

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