WEST VALLEY CITY — Talk about a busy week for live music in Salt Lake County.
The staff at United Concerts won’t be getting much sleep as they welcome four USANA Amphitheatre shows in four consecutive days plus an additional big show at The Depot for good measure.
On Tuesday, 311 returns for another summer of music, this time along with ’90s hip-hoppers Cyrpress Hill and G. Love & Special Sauce.
Wednesday, it’s one of the most anticipated concerts of the USANA season as newly inducted Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famers Rush return after skipping Utah on last year’s tour. The critically acclaimed Clockwork Angels Tour once again find the Canadian trio filling up an entire evening of music with no opening act. Just 3+ hours of Rush with songs spanning a good portion of their 40 year history.
Thursday, Utahns have all sorts of choices. Back at USANA it’s the Americanrama Festival of Music featuring Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham. The Depot will be the venue for the latest tour by veteran alt-rockers The Cult who achieved success in the ’80s with songs like “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Fire Woman” and “Love Removal Machine.” And the Twilight Concert series at Pioneer Park continues with The National.
Then on Friday night, Brad Paisley returns to add a little country flavoring to the week (though his recent performance of Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher” with 6-year-old drummer Avery Molek is pretty rockin’!). Paisley seems to have weathered the controversy he created earlier this year when he released the song “Accidental Racist” with LL Cool J. The song is not in his current set list.