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Out and about: X96's Nightmare Before Xmas features OK Go, Dark Star Orchestra brings its jam, plus Jerry Joseph returns for a Utah gig

Published December 9, 2010 9:50 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2010, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Dao Ones

Show of the week • Dao Ones is known to most fans, including those of his U92 radio station shows, as DJ Dao, but he no longer wants to be called just a DJ. "I separate myself from other DJs," the Salt Lake City resident said. Instead, he prefers to be called a "party-rocker." Ones just signed a deal for a weekly Saturday night residency at The Complex's Vertigo Room, and to kick it off, he's holding a show called "The DJ Vs. The Instruments Live" on Saturday. He has enlisted local drummer Andy Patterson to perform with him; the duo will mash up recordings and samples Ones will spin on his turntables, with live drums provided by Patterson. On future Saturday shows, Ones hopes to collaborate onstage with other local musicians, including a congo drummer and a horn player. "I want to make it harder to be a DJ," the brash Ones said. "We're stepping it up. It seems like anyone with a laptop considers himself to be a DJ." Patterson and Ones have been rehearsing all week for this inaugural gig, and Ones promises a show reminiscent of those performed by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM. "We're bouncing it all over the place," Ones said.

When • Saturday, Dec. 11, at 9 p.m. (Note: Ones and Patterson are scheduled to perform sometime after 11 p.m., with opening acts preceding them.)

Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $5 until 10 p.m., $10 after 10 p.m., at the door

X96's Nightmare Before Xmas

OK Go, Interparty System, Middle Class Rut and Brogan Kelby perform at the radio station's annual Christmas — I mean, Xmas — concert, with ticket prices remaining only $9.60. You probably know OK Go best from their innovative videos that spread like wildfires on the web, but this is a chance to focus on their music.

When • Friday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m.

Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $9.60 at Graywhale stores

Beneficial notes —and jokes

Singer Alex Boyé, a recording artist with an international following who also sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will perform at a Provo benefit to raise money for Sub for Santa and HELP International. Also on the program are standup comedians Will Rubio and Stephen Jones. The event is sponsored by Rubio's company, Soul41 Productions.

When • Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

Where • Studio 600, 177 W. Center St., Provo

Tickets • $8 at the door, or in advance at http://www.soul41.com/benefit; an iPad will be raffled to ticketholders.

Reckless Kelly

The alt-country-swing band returns for another two-night engagement at The State Room; the band's last show at the same venue sold out so quickly a second show was added. Barfly Wranglers open each night. Led by brothers Willy and Cody Braun, Reckless Kelly was created in Oregon before moving to Austin in 1996.

When • Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10 and 11, at 9

Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $17 day of show, $20 night of show, at thestateroomslc.com

Framing Hanley

The Nashville rock band is best known for its cover of Lil Wayne's "Lollipop." The group takes it name from the drummer's fiancée, photographer Ashley Hanley, who passed away in 2006. She used to shoot photos of the band and framed them. It's Alive and Transmit are also on the bill. This show was originally scheduled for Aug. 28, and original tickets will be honored.

When • Friday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Where • Avalon Theater, 305 S. State St., South Salt Lake

Tickets • $10 at SmithsTix

Dark Star Orchestra

Another year has passed, and Jerry Garcia has not risen from the dead, so Dark Star Orchestra is the next best thing. This tribute band to The Grateful Dead provides entertaining and eerie replications of one of the group's concerts, but the musicians don't reveal the date of the concert until the end.

When • Friday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m.

Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25 at SmithsTix

A Very Jersey Christmas

DJ Pauly D and JWoww from "Jersey Shore" will be guests, with the former set to spin at this dance party. The duo were just named to Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating People" list, by the way.

When • Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.

Where • Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $25 at SmithsTix and 24Tix

Saturday Night Live featuring D.J. Irie

With the winter upon us, Harry O's is in full swing, and on Saturday you can help celebrate Konstantine Deslis' birthday with one of Miami's favorite DJs, DJ Irie. Did you know that Miami's temperature hit the 40s earlier this week?

When • Saturday, Dec. 11, at 9 p.m.

Where • Harry O's, 427 Main St., Park City

Tickets • $10 at SmithsTix

Jerry Joseph & Wally Ingram

One of Utah's favorite adopted sons, Jerry Joseph, returns to perform his unique brand of rootsy Americana rock. Drummer Wally Ingram, most famous as a member of the band Timbuk 3, has performed with Eric Burdon, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Crowded House and Art Garfunkel. The Weekenders open.

When • Sunday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m.

Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12 in advance, $15 night of, at thestateroomslc.com

Jeffree Star

Born Jeffrey Lynn Steininger, Jeffree Star is a gender-bending synth-pop performer famous from the Internet and her outrageous live shows. The musician's T-shirts, hoodies and accessories are very popular at Hot Topic stores. Abandon All Ships and It Boys are also on the bill.

When • Sunday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 in advance, $17 day of, at SmithsTix

Sweatshop Union

This Canadian hip-hop collective came together a decade ago when four political rap acts — Dirty Circus, Pigeon Hole, Innocent Bystanders, and Kyprios — collaborated to create a bigger, stronger presence. Pigeon Hole, Dirty Circus and new member Metty's side project Trillionaire$ all released albums in 2010. The group will perform later the same night, at 9, at Kilby Court's sister club, Urban Lounge, with tickets $10 in advance, and $12 day of, at SmithsTix and 24Tix.

When • Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Where • Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $12 in advance, $14 day of, at SmithsTix and 24Tix

Mushroomhead

This Cleveland-based alt-metal band is touring behind its latest album, "Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children." The band has had a rivalry with the more popular Slipknot, because both bands don gruesome masks and use stage names.

When • Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.

Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15 at SmithsTix

Phil Vassar

The 46-year-old Virginia-based country singer co-wrote hit singles for country artists, including Tim McGraw ("For a Little While," "My Next Thirty Years"), Jo Dee Messina ("Bye, Bye," "I'm Alright"), Collin Raye ("Little Red Rodeo") and Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money") before striking out on his own. He has charted 19 singles on the Billboard country chart, including two No. 1s: 2000's "Just Another Day in Paradise" and 2004's "In a Real Love."

When • Thursday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m.

Where • The Westerner, 3360 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City

Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix