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People Under the Stairs
Show of the week » The L.A. hip-hop duo "dropped everything" so that it could agree to perform the New Year’s Eve party at the Urban Lounge, said Christopher Cesar Portugal, better known as Thescq One, the vocalist, DJ and producer for the globe-trotting pair. "We had a short list of cities that have shown us a lot of love," Thes One said, adding that he loves visiting Beerhive Pub every time he’s in town. While in the early days the duo was known for its inventive mash-up of jazz and rap, today the group’s influences have grown wider, thanks to Thes One’s collection of 100,000 vinyl records at home. (He had to reduce the number once he welcomed a baby into his family. The vinyl room became a nursery.) "We’re more inclined to listen to Michael McDonald and Wings than hip-hop," he said. "We freak people out." Thes One plans a top-shelf evening at the Salt Lake City club. "Showmanship is everything," he said, adding that he doesn’t like it when the duo gets lumped in with other rap groups that just stand around onstage. "We like keeping a high element of risk in our shows. If you don’t take the net away, what’s the point?" It was apparent Thes One was a character who loved the stage in 2004, when he was selected to be a contestant on "The Price Is Right," and on the show he correctly named the price of a washer and dryer, winning the pair. With Bob Barker by his side, Thes One then went on to win The Shell Game, in the process winning a furniture set and — wouldn’t you know it? — a record player. He said the washer has broken down, but the record player is still working and in a prime spot in his house.
When » Monday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m.
Where » Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City
Tickets » $20 at 24Tix.com
Donny and Marie Osmond
In the tradition of the "Andy Williams Christmas" and "Osmond Family Christmas" television specials, Donny and Marie Osmond celebrate variety Christmas shows, Osmond-style.
When » Friday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2 and 8 p.m.
Where » Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City
Tickets » $25-$135, ArtTix.org or 801-355-2787
The musician plays electro house, as well as "complextro," a genre of which he is a forerunner.
When » Friday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m.
Where » Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City
Tickets » $20 at SmithsTix
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