Spotlight show • If you haven't seen reggae-rapper Matisyahu for a while, you might be surprised by his clean-shaven face and wispy blond hair. It's a shocking change from his former look as a yarmulke-wearing, bespectacled man with a long dark beard. Matisyahu posted a beardless picture of himself on Twitter in December 2011. "No more Chassidic reggae superstar," he wrote on his website. "Sorry folks, all you get is me â¦ no alias." While his outside appearance is different, the good vibes and positive messages remain. "I sing out of joy and out of pain and out of hunger," Matisyahu said during a recent interview. "The most inspiring thing in my life is self-growth. I take my inspiration from what's around me." His most recent album is 2012's "Spark Seeker," which was partly recorded in Tel Aviv and includes Hebrew-titled songs such as "Bal Shem Tov," "Tel Aviv'n," and "King Crown of Judah." But that's not the only genre he finds interesting. "I made a more pop-friendly record," he said. "I wanted to make a more hip-hop album, with a lot of melodies and a lot of hooks." Rebelution, Collie Buddz and Zion I are also on the bill.
When • Friday, Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m.
Where • The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $35 at SmithsTix
Spotlight show • The 39-year-old singer-songwriter who was born in Payson, Utah released her first greatest-hits album earlier this year. It traced her evolution from earnest folkie to pop starlet to country siren and back again. "It was neat to see the development over the years," said the yodeling soprano in a recent interview with The Tribune. This fall, Jewel replaces Sara Bareilles as a judge on NBC's a cappella talent show "The Sing-Off." She plans to "just be myself," she said. "I don't see myself being mean." She will release her first holiday album, "Let It Snow," in November. It will feature two new songs and some holiday classics. She wanted the holiday recording to sound similar to "Pieces of You," her debut album, with a folk-pop sound that bears classical influences. She accomplished that goal, saying it's "one of my favorite albums." Lucy Wainwright Roche opens.
When • Saturday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m.
Where • Deer Valley, 2250 Deer Valley Drive, Park City
Tickets • $40 for lawn seating at ecclescenter.org (reserved is sold out)
Spotlight show • Charles Bradley's life would make a good movie Â he lived in the projects, worked as a cook in a mental institution and performed a longtime gig as a James Brown impersonator. In fact, his story already has been told in the 2012 documentary "Soul of America." After being "discovered" by the Daptone family home of traditional soul-revivalists Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings the singer recorded his first album in 2011 at age 62. Earlier this year, he released "Victim of Love," a soulful treatise on heartache and the promise of love. Despite his varied life, Bradley still feels that his best years are ahead of him. "I've just begun opening up the book of my soul," he said in a recent telephone interview. His stage show has become legendary. "When I get onstage, I get very emotional," he understated. "Onstage, my book is open." Aaradhna opens.
When • Wednesday, Aug. 28, 8 p.m.
Where • The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • $22 at thestateroom.com
Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday Celebration
Spotlight show • Jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter turns 80 on Sunday, and a Who's Who of talent are touring with him to show their love. The guest of honor shares the stage with Joe Lovano, the Dave Douglas Quintet and the star-studded trio of ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding. Shorter closes the night with his dazzling quartet. Shorter, who was once Art Blakey's music director and sideman (replacing John Coltrane) for Miles Davis, pooh-poohed all the fuss. "This [birthday] I'm being forced to enjoy," he said in a recent interview. Shorter's 2013 album "Without a Net" is his first recording since 2005 and his first record with famed Blue Note Records in 43 years. It is a live album, with new interpretations of his past work. It also includes new tunes with Danilo Perez on piano, drummer Brian Blade and bassist John Patitucci. One of the album's highlights is the title song of the film "Flying Down to Rio," which was the first time Fred Astaire teamed up with Ginger Rogers. Shorter, a self-described film buff, picked the song because it is "a creative ballet." That's the same phrase he used to describe his forward-thinking and innovative style of jazz.
When • Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.
Where • Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $45 for garden members, $50 for general public, $35 for children 3-12, at redbuttegarden.org
The Grammy Award-winning pop band will perform with special guests Tegan and Sara.
When • Friday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m.
Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Drive, Magna
Tickets • $39.50, advance, $40 day of; SmithsTix.com
The singer-songwriter has written hits for James Taylor, The Eagles, Bonnie Raitt and Jimmy Buffet.
When • Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23-24, 8 p.m.
Where • Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City
Tickets • $29-$50 at egyptiantheatrecompany.org
Endless Summer Band
The Beach Boys cover band will perform.
When • Friday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.
Where • Bountiful City Park, 400 N. 200 West, Bountiful
Tickets • Free
The 25-year-old Los Angeles native will perform with his band The U.N.
When • Saturday, Aug. 24, 9 p.m.
Where • State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets • $10 at thestateroom.com
The West Coast rapper turned reggae artist will perform. "Reincarnated," his first album under the new name, was released earlier this year.
When • Sunday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m.
Where • Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park City
Tickets • $50-$75 at parkcitylive.net
George Thorogood & The Destroyers with Buddy Guy
Rocker Thorogood and bluesman Guy co-headline this show.
When • Tuesday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Where • Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $38-$53 at redbuttegarden.org
Empire of the Sun
This alternative, electro-acoustic-pop band performs as part of the Twilight Concert Series. Alpine will open.
When • Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.
Where • Pioneer Park, 350 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $5 at 24Tix.com
The actor/songwriter channels Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
When • Thursday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m.
Where • Sandy Amphitheater, 9400 S. 1300 East, Sandy
Tickets • $35-$49 at SmithsTix.com
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter ruled the radio airwaves in the '80s with hits such as "Right Here Waiting."
When • Thursday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m.
Where • SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre, 699 S. State St., Orem
Tickets • $15-$35 at scera.org