T. Hardy Morris, Audra McDonald in Utah Thursday
Here are two options for great shows on Thursday, not counting MGMT's Twilight Show:
T. Hardy Morris
Spotlight show • T. Hardy Morris is the leader of rock band Dead Confederate and a member of the rock supergroup Diamond Rugs. But he is currently touring to support his solo album "Audition Tapes." To promote the album, he traveled to different places through his home state of Georgia, video-recording sites listed on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's list of "Places in Peril." One of the places he visited was the Paradise Garden created by the late minister and folk artist Howard Finster, who created the memorable album cover for "Reckoning" made by another Georgia band, R.E.M. And R.E.M. filmed its breakthrough video for "Radio Free Europe" at the same location. "You feel like you're embedded in the installations," Morris said of Paradise Gardens. "It's pretty surreal." He spoke to The Tribune during a break in a recording session with the Diamond Rugs, which includes members of Los Lobos and Deer Tick. "We're all cut from the same cloth," he said of the group. Jason Isbell headlines the show.
When • Thursday, 8 p.m.
Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • Sold out
Spotlight show • Not only has Audra McDonald won five Tony Awards, but she is married to a Utahn. (Which is more important?) The talented soprano and star of "Private Practice" wed Will Swenson in late 2012. Swenson is now a Broadway star in his own right after getting his start with locally made films "The Singles Ward" and its sequel, "The Singles 2nd Ward." In an interview, McDonald said she has a lot of memories in Utah, including a gig singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and co-starring with Swenson in Hale Center Theater Orem's 2010 summer production of the musical "110 in the Shade." "Being with my husband and visiting family [in Utah] is always special."
When • Thursday and Friday, Sept. 5-6, at 7:30 p.m.
Where • de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Provo
Tickets • $30 to $60 at http://arts.byu.edu
Additional show • Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Browning Center for the Performing Arts, Weber State University, Ogden; $30 at weberstatetickets.com