Tonight, Tuesday, July 23, party like it's 1979:
Spotlight show • British pop icon Adam Ant is on his largest North American tour in 18 years, touring behind his new and uniquely titled album, “Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar Is Marrying The Gunnar’s Daughter.” In a phone interview, the 58-year-old said the album — released on his Blueblack Hussar label — contains 17 autobiographical songs and nearly 70 minutes of material. It’s something he never would have been able to do on a major label. Ant promised a long night of music that will include six songs off the new collection, as well as the hits that helped him sell 40 million records, such as “Goody Two Shoes,” “Stand and Deliver,” “Wonderful” and “Room at the Top.” “It’s like I’ve run a marathon every night,” said the musician, who once had eight singles in the Top 40 in one week. Some of the more revealing songs include “Cool Zombie,” which details how Ant bought a house in Tennessee, got married and conceived his daughter; and “Who’s a Goofy Bunny, Then?,” a tribute to his former manager Malcolm McLaren.
When • Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $25 in advance, $30 day of, at SmithsTix
Spotlight show • Music produced by the Blue Sky Riders — the trio of Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr — crosses genres. The group’s first album, “Finally Home,” was released in January and includes “I’m a Rider,” which has a country twang; “Dream,” with a pop flavor; and “How’s That Workin’ For Ya?,” containing blues swing. All the songs feature flawless three-part harmonies and soulful lyrics. During a recent interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Loggins and Middleman said the band was conceived in 2008 when Loggins worked with Burr on his solo album “How About Now.” A couple of years later, Loggins had two dozen song ideas in a notebook and a note to “Save for Gary” written in the margins. He called Burr suggesting they form a band that also included a female voice. Burr suggested Middleman. When the three sat down to write “I Get It,” the Blue Sky Riders were born. The trio performed at Sundance earlier this year, but will return to Red Butte Garden as part of its summer tour. Loggins joked that his favorite thing about Utah is the girls —making Middleman laugh. “That’s your favorite part of every town,” she said. Of course, the mountains are Loggins’ real Utah love. As for Middleman, she remembers Utah as the state that introduced her to Uggs.
When • Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Where • Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $32-$47; redbuttegarden.org