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spotlight show » The San Diego-based rock band Switchfoot is finally getting the chance to pair its love of music with its love for surfing. The band is filming "Fading West," a documentary that chronicles its worldwide tour as well as surfing along the way. "It’s U2’s ‘Rattle & Hum’ meets ‘Endless Summer,’ with a little ‘Dumb & Dumber’ thrown in," said the band’s 38-year-old drummer, Chad Butler. With modern-rock radio staples such as "Meant to Live" and "Dare You to Move" still being played, the band can afford to bring surfboards on tour. Butler remembered a time when the band members, on their first European tour, slept in the streets with their instruments and surfboards so they could afford to surf in the south of France and other exotic locales. The doc, as well as an accompanying soundtrack with new songs, is planned for release in July. Paper Route opens.
When » Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.
Where » The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City
Tickets » $20 to $25 at SmithsTix
spotlight show » Unfortunately, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is still trapped in a bed, paralyzed from a 2008 car accident. Filling in indefinitely is Sergio Vega, who said it was an "honor" to play in Cheng’s place in a band that he has admired ever since a 1997 tour when his former band Quicksand opened for the California-based electric rock band. With the band’s album "Eros" still shelved because it was the last album Cheng played on, the recent "Diamond Eyes" and forthcoming "Koi No Yokan" have seen Cheng’s involvement, and "Diamond Eyes" was the Grammy-winning band’s finest hour, showing a diversity and thoughtfulness that most "metal" bands never achieve. As for the head-scratching album title, Cheng said it was borrowed from the title of an unfinished song from friends in the band Dillinger Escape Plan; it is Japanese, Cheng said, for a phrase that closely mirrors the idea of "Love at first sight." Scars on Broadway open.
When » Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m.
Where » In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City
Tickets » $32 to $35 at 24Tix
Tenth Avenue North
spotlight show » Before joining rock band Tenth Avenue North, guitarist Jeff Owen played bass in a band that backed Joy Williams, now famous for being half of country-folk sensation The Civil Wars. But while he had a good experience with Williams, Owen said he’s ecstatic to be a member of one of the hottest Christian bands in America. In August, the band released its third album, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian and rock album charts. "I love being in the studio," Owen said. "It’s like painting a picture, starting with a blank canvas." The band is headlining "The Struggle Tour" featuring Audrey Assad and The Rend Collective Experiment opening. It has never performed in Utah before, but has driven through the town before, and recalled stopping at Temple Square to admire the landmark as well as its adherents.
When » Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.
Where » Christian Life Center Church, 2352 E. Highway 193, Layton
Tickets » $20 to $40 at SmithsTix
spotlight show » Utah audiences seem to appreciate pioneering New Age composer and pianist David Lanz, and with his new performance they will have more to appreciate. Lanz will be releasing his new album "Crisofori’s Dream Re-envisioned" at the show, a reimagining of "Cristofori’s Dream," his most successful and influential album. "I can’t believe it’s been 25 years," said the 62-year-old musician. In addition to performing new renditions of songs from that album, Lanz will invite his good friend, Utah composer Kurt Bestor, onto the stage so Bestor can debut new songs from his forthcoming album of songs, which aren’t tied to his Christmas spectaculars. Also on the playlist will be songs that Lanz covered over the past half-decade during his eye-opening explorations of The Beatles. "Without the Beatles, there wouldn’t be a David Lanz," he said. In addition, Lanz, who will be releasing a new Christmas album this season, will premiere some of that work at the concert. Whew.
When » Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.Next Page >
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