Plan now: Live music & comedy in Utah this weekend
Published: December 15, 2011 05:06PM
Updated: December 15, 2011 05:06PM

Here are activities for your weekend, if you get a get a chance to take a break from shopping:

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Spotlight show • The Southern California-based swing revivalists are bringing “A Swinging Christmas” to Park City, with a blend of traditional songs such as “We Three Kings” as well as boisterous originals like “Zat You Santa Claus” and “Rock-A-Billy Christmas.” Trumpet player Glen “The Kid” Marhevka said in a Tribune interview that although the band has written enough holiday material to have a show consisting solely of originals, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy also loves the “weirder” traditionals. The group has two holiday albums — 1997’s “Watchu’ Want for Christmas?” and 2004’s “Everything You Want for Christmas” — and even old chestnuts such as “Jingle Bells” get the “salsa funk” treatment. The group’s Christmas shows have become a tradition over the past six years, and Marhevka said the rollicking spirit of the shows gets the musicians in the spirit of the holidays, as most of the band members are family men with kids at home.
When • Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Where • Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City
Tickets • $18 to $65 at

Hank & Cupcakes
Innovative indie-dance duo Hank & Cupcakes will be playing at the Vertigo Room at The Complex. The band has been busy recording the follow-up to its debut; the new album will be released early in 2012. The band hails from Tel Aviv and Melbourne, and its edgy, distinctive sound reflects the time spent in those places. Codi Jordan Band, Funk and Gonzo and Junior Giant will open.
When • 7 p.m. Friday
Where • The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $8 at 24Tix

Jon Schmidt
Bank of Utah hopes to warm bodies and souls this holiday season by holding a warm clothing drive in conjunction with the bank’s annual sponsorship of Jon Schmidt’s Christmas concert. The bank will accept donations of new or in-good-condition coats, hats, scarves, gloves and blankets, and new children’s underwear. All will be donated to Crossroads Urban Center in Salt Lake City.
When • 7:30 p.m Friday; 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where • Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $18.50 at Kingtix

Dwayne Perkins (above)
Brooklyn native Dwayne Perkins is already a vet in the comedy game with appearances on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show,” and “Premium Blend.” He also has his own “Comedy Central Presents” half-hour special.
When • 7 and 9 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday
Where •Wiseguys Trolley Square, 505 S. 600 East, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $10 at

Bar J Wranglers
Warm up another holiday season with the Bar J Wranglers. Bring the whole herd out for a toe-tapping, side-splitting, wrangling good time. These ever-popular Jackson Hole cowpokes mix a little cowboy poetry, stellar musicianship and a healthy dose of down-home ranch humor.
When • 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where • Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main St., Logan
Tickets • $16-$22 at

Xmas Bash featuring Glasses Malone
Once banned from a Utah prom, rapper Glasses Malone is perfectly welcome at Teazer’s this night for a unique celebration of the holiday.
When • 9 p.m. Saturday
Where • Teazers Bar & Grill, 366 36th St., Ogden
Tickets • $15 in advance, $20 day of, at SmithsTix

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Fill your head with the energizing sounds of Seattle-based hip-hop artist Macklemore and his producer Ryan Lewis at In The Venue.
When • 7 p.m. Saturday
Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $15 in advance, $18 day of, at SmithsTix

Theta Naught
The local minimalist jazz group performs its 10th annual holiday show with guests The Folka Dots.
When • 7 p.m. Saturday
Where •Nobrow Coffee and Tea Company, 315 E. Broadway, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $5 donation appreciated but not required

Get Naughty 2011
V2 Events and Bondad Productions bring you a holiday party with Porter Robinson, R3hab, Steez, Aiden Chance, Jake Williams and Foxtrot.
When • 7 p.m. Saturday
Where • The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $25 at SmithsTix

Red Rock Rondo’s “Secret Gift”
A new orchestral song cycle featuring popular chamber-folk group Red Rock Rondo will be accompanied by The Salt Lake Symphony. Utah Food Bank will be on hand at intermission and after the concert to accept checks and cash donations to help feed the less fortunate.
When • 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where • Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $10 by calling 801-531-7501 or at the door with cash, check or credit card.

Peter Breinholt
Peter Breinholt’s original pop-folk music has been a Utah favorite for years and his best-selling Christmas album is an annual staple on Utah’s radio stations. He’ll be joined at this show by his band and a string ensemble.
When • 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17
Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $15 at ArtTix

Jazz Vespers — Christmas Kool
David Halliday and Courtney Smith will lead some of the area’s best jazz musicians in the final concert of the Jazz Vespers season.
When • 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where • First Unitarian Church, 1300 E. 569 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • There is no cover charge but a plate is passed