Here are shows from Friday through Tuesday. I know Tuesday isn't a weekend by any means, but I;ll be in the Windy City from Friday until Wednesday.
Spotlight show • Country singer Chris Cagle will headline the 14th annual Pony Express Days closing concert and fireworks, with local favorite Charley Jenkins opening. Cagle signed to Virgin Records Nashville in 2000 and made his debut on the Billboard country chart with “My Love Goes On and On,” the first single from his debut album, “Play It Loud.” The album also yielded hits “Laredo” and “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out.” Cagle has in part taken a break from country for something that is more important to him. “I take more pride in being a father than in everything else,” he said in a Tribune interview. When he does write songs, he has a simple credo. “I write a song to change the way your heart feels in 3 1/2 minutes,” Cagle said. “If you have a [political] message, put it on a billboard.” But, again, he takes solace in his home and family. “Everything else besides my family is craziness.”
When • Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m.
Where • Silverlake Amphitheater, 7920 N. SilverLake Parkway, Eagle Mountain
Tickets • $10 at door; children ages 2 and younger are free.
Spotlight show • The husband of popular singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson likes girls. So much so that on his last album. “Landmine,” he enlisted some of his favorite female singers to back his folk-infused pop songs, including Sara Bareilles and his wife. Part of the inspiration, Laswell said in a Tribune interview, comes from listening to a hip-hip mixtape his friend gave him about a year ago. “It was listening to a lot of things I didn’t normally listen to,” Laswell said. What he found engaging were the dynamics of songs such as Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” where the rapper would handle the verses and Rihanna would sing the hooks. As he jogged when listening to the mixtape, he realized he wanted to “make something different.” Another new strategy for Laswell is realizing that he was writing when happy — as he is, since marrying Michaelson. Before, he could only write songs when he was sad, he said. One last tidbit of trivia: Laswell knew well one of my best friends from high school, Shaun McClellan, when both attended Point Loma Nazarene University. Small world. Elizabeth Ziman from Elizabeth and the Catapults opens.
When • Tuesday, June 5, at 8 p.m.
Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • $15 at thestateroom.com
Spotlight show • As a high-level publicist in New York City, Nick Loss-Eaton worked with artists including Bruce Springtseen, Son Volt, Ry Cooder, Tom Morello, Todd Snider and the late Levon Helm — “all inspirations of mine,” Loss-Eaton said in a Tribune interview. But as his indie-folk project Leland Sundries began attracting more and more attention, he left his job to follow his bliss. “It was a pretty hard decision,” he said. “It was a decision about following my heart.” With a group of guys in Brooklyn who are coalescing as the newest incarnation of the band, Loss-Eaton will be performing for the first time in Utah with only one guitarist backing him. But whatever the lineup, his music revives the spirit of the band’s name, taken from a trip to the South when he met the olds bluesman Eddie Cusic — who taught Little Milton — in Leland, Miss. When traveling throughout Memphis, he noticed the word “Sundries” on a number of signs — something you don’t often see as a Yankee. It seems fitting that his first instrument was a harmonica, inspired by Bob Dylan — another hero whose time in the South influenced him for the rest of his life.
When • Saturday, June 2, at 8:30 p.m.
Where • Vertical Diner, 2280 S. West Temple, South Salt Lake
Tickets • Free
Hard rock group Pop Evil — which has opened for KISS in Utah — will perform, with Janus and Lola Black opening.
When • Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m.
Where • The Complex, 537 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $20 at SmithsTix
Provo Rooftop Concert Series - The Moth & the Flame with Desert Noises
The Moth & the Flame crafts lo-fi moody rock at The Provo Rooftop Concert Series. The group will play with indie-rockers Desert Noises.
When • Friday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Where • Provo Town Square, 55 N. University Ave.
Tickets • Free
Blood, Sweat and Tears
One of the greatest jazz-rock horn bands in the history of popular music performs in Sandy.
When • Friday, June 1, at 8 p.m.
Where • Sandy Amphitheater, 9400 S. 1300 East
Tickets • $15-$25 at SmithsTix
Temple Square Concerts in the Park: Buzztones
The Buzztones, a 17-piece swing band with vocalists, create a big-band sound.
When • Friday, June 1, at 8 p.m.
Where • Brigham Young Historic Park, 50 W. North Temple , Salt Lake City
Tickets • Free
Academy Award-nominated pop-rock singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin has worked with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz.
When • Friday, June 1, at 9 p.m.
Where • State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • $14 at thestateroom.com
Viva Z-Rock Fest
Rock group Royal Bliss, King Niko, Hour 13 and more will perform at this annual concert at The Gallivan Center.
When • Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m.
Where • Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • $9.49-$11.25 at SmithsTix
Matt Flinner Trio
Folk-bluegrass band Matt Flinner Trio will perform at the Tanner Amphitheater, surrounded by the cliffs of Zion National Park.
When • Saturday, June 2, at 8 p.m.
Where • Tanner Amphitheater, Springdale
Tickets • $10 in advance, $18 day of, at dixie.edu/tanner
Americana-folk rock singer Bob Schneider will perform. Pop-rock singer Laura Warshauer will open.
When • Saturday, June 2, at 9 p.m.
Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $16 in advance, $18 day of, at 24Tix
Grammy Award-winning pop-rock singer Sheryl Crow will perform for the third year in a row at Red Butte Garden.
When • Sunday, June 3, at 7 p.m.
Where • Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
Tickets • Sold out
Daughtry is a rock band led by Chris Daughtry, one of the most popular alumni of “American Idol.” Mike Sanchez and Safetysuit will open.
When • Tuesday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Where • Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $30.50-$50.50 at Ticketmaster.com