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Weekend shows in Utah to help you get over Demi/Ashton divorce proceedings

Published November 17, 2011 6:00 pm

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Here are some shows this weekend that will console us all in the wake of the filing of divorce between Ashton & Demi:

Rachael YamagataSpotlight show • The 34-year-old rockin' singer-songwriter hadn't heard of Pledge Music before she began preparing to record her latest album "Chesapeake," but she had found funding difficult since she decided to become independent. In a Tribune interview, Yamagata said that she had already used up all of the money her dad had set aside for her wedding. A friend told her about the website where fans could donate to help her record the album. So Yamagata set up a page, and her fans showed their love: 1,576 pledges came in, and Yamagata received almost double the amount she asked for. "I was really, really excited," she said. "I was out of the picture for a few years, so it was a nice affirmation" of support. Yamagata visited John Alagia's reconverted house studio on the Chesapeake Bay and recorded an album that she claims she's truly proud of. There will be a problem, though, if she ever meets Mr. Right. "I have to elope if I want to get married now," she said. Mike Viola opens.When • Friday, Nov. 18, 9 p.m.Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake CityTickets • Sold outDavid Alan GrierThe comedian known from "In Living Color" and Comedy Central's "Chocolate News" is actually a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. Grier began his professional career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in "The First," for which he earned a Tony nomination in 1981.When • Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 and 9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.Where • Wiseguys West Valley City, 2194 W. 3500 South, West Valley CityTickets • $25 at wiseguyscomedy.comThe Fearless Friends TourThe Fearless Friends Tour features Blessthefall, The Word Alive, Motionless In White, Tonight Alive and Chunk! No Captain Chunk! When • Friday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m.Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City Tickets • $16 at SmithsTixJ. Chris NewbergThe Monthly Comedy Showcase features DJ Cooch, Jen Murphy, and J Chris Newberg, who has toured with Dane Cook and received airtime this past season on "America's Got Talent." When • Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City Tickets • $20 in advance, $25 day of. at SmithsTixShwayze and Cisco AdlerAaron Smith, known as the rapper Shwayze, was working at a coffee shop when he met Whitestarr frontman Cisco Adler. Shwayze impressed Adler when he jumped on stage and began freestyling during a Whitestarr concert. The pair began making music together, and later became the focus on a 2008 MTV reality TV show, "Buzzin'."When • Saturday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.Where • In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City Tickets • $20 at SmithsTixEastern Strings and Western AirsA concert featuring traditional Vietnamese music by the Lac Viet Band — which includes Hoang Co Thuy, Nguyen Xuan Yen and Lan Nguyen — blended with a western ensemble led by Clive Romney.When • Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.Where • Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City Tickets • FreeGroup for Experimental MusicThis Brigham Young University ensemble will present a concert of experimental and improvised music. When • Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.Where • Madsen Recital Hall, Brigham Young University, Corner of North Campus and Heritage Drives, Provo Tickets • FreeJunction City Big BandJunction City Big Band, directed by Steve Ericksen, will perform some Big Band versions of songs for lovers. Dance instruction by Margene Anderson will be offered at 7 p.m. for an additional $1.When • Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m.Where • Shepherd Union Ballroom, Weber State University, 3750 Harrison Blvd., Ogden Tickets • $5 at door Jazz Vespers on James Bond David Halliday and Courtney Smith lead local jazz musicians in music associated with Agent 007. When • Sunday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.Where • First Unitarian Church, 1300 E. 569 South, Salt Lake CityTickets • Free; donations requested