Here are 2 shows worth venturing past 2100 South to check out, Janiva Magness and Low:
Nominated for five 2013 Blues Music Awards, including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, Janiva Magness believes that suffering and catharsis are integral to the blues. “In my experience, people aren’t drawn to the blues, and rhythm and blues, without having some sort of scars,” the 56-year-old singer said in a recent telephone interview. “The entire community — the audience, the performer, the talent buyer — seems to be made up of people who have been scarred and seek healing.” Magness has suffered in her life. Both parents committed suicide early in her life and she became pregnant while in her teens. Even 2011, a breakthrough year for Magness in terms of commercial and critical success, was difficult —she buried eight important people in her life that year. But performing, she said, is “transformational for me. … Have I had healing? You’re damn right.”
When • Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where • Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City
Tickets • $15 to $30 at egyptiantheatrecompany.org
The minimalist “slowcore” trio Low is led by the husband-and-wife team of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker. The couple are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Sparhawk lived in Utah until he was 11 and attended Brigham Young University for a year before going home to Minnesota and marrying his fourth-grade sweetheart. “I converted when I was 22,” Parker said in a recent telephone interview. Obviously, no one would pay much attention to Low — whose third member is Steve Garrington — if it were garbage. Its new album, “The Invisible Way,” was released earlier this year and received acclaim. It was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and recorded at Wilco’s Chicago studio. Parker said Tweedy brought out the best of the band. “We’ve opened for [Wilco] once or twice over the years,” she said. “We thought he would bring in a new aesthetic. He wouldn’t steer us too crazy.” Being on tour meant the couple spent more time with each other. When they’re home, they operate on different schedules to raise their children. “I wake up early with the kids, and he sleeps late,” Parker said.
When • Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where • Velour Live Music Gallery,135 N. University Ave., Provo
Tickets • $18 in advance, $20 day of, at 24Tix