Vans Warped Tour » Think of the Vans Warped Tour — which makes its second-to-last stop of the year in Salt Lake City — as a smorgasbord of rock music, with some 88 acts on multiple stages. Think of it as a cool party, with extreme sports demonstrations and other stuff. Or think of it as every teen and 20-something you know having fun in the sun. (Hydrate, people, and apply sunscreen generously.) Among the bands playing this year: L.A. sibling alt-pop band Echosmith, California metal-core band Of Mice and Men and emo-filled German electro-pop duo Captain Capa. (See videos from a few of the bands playing below at left.)
When » Saturday, gates open at 11 a.m.
Where » Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West, Salt Lake City
Tickets » $23.50 to $30 in advance; $40 day of show; Smith’s Tix
Sara Bareilles » If you’ve attended a graduation ceremony or a wedding this year, you’ve probably heard a Sara Bareilles song. The California-born singer-songwriter struck big in the past year with two singles off her 2013 album "The Blessed Unrest": the inspirational "Brave," a staple of senior-class slideshows that is sometimes mistaken for Katy Perry’s hit "Roar" (which was released after Bareilles’ song); and the romantic "I Choose You," the video for which featured actual couples getting engaged. Bareilles’ year was also marked with a powerful Grammy performance that paired her with the legendary Carole King. Opening acts: Emily King, Hannah Georgas.
When »Sunday, 6 p.m.
Where »Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna
Tickets » $35 in advance, $40 day of show; Smith’s Tix and 24Tix
Mötley Crüe / Alice Cooper
Metal legends Mötley Crüe share the bill. Opening act: The Raskins.
When » Friday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m.
Where » Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City
Tickets » $30-$100; Smith’s Tix
The Stooges Brass Band
New Orleans jazz/hip-hop ensemble The Stooges Brass Band performs. Opening act: Jared & The Mill.
When » Friday, Aug. 1, 9 p.m.
Where » The State Room, 638 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Tickets » $15; thestateroom.com
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