Here are some musical highlights scheduled for local night-spots during the upcoming week:
- PARK CITY'S OWN RICH WYMAN will play the Inn at Prospector Square, 2200 Sidewinder Ave., in Park City, as part of the ongoing Wooden Dog Concert Series on Sunday, March 28. This concert is a fund-raiser for the Friends of the Animals. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., and the music will start at 8. There will be a dog show at 7 p.m.Wyman, who has garnered a loyal following in Park City and Salt Lake City, thanks to gigs at D.B. Coopers, has a recent CD called "Fatherless Child," which features guitar work by Edward Van Halen - yes, the same.
Tickets for Rich Wyman are $7 in advance at Dolly's Books, Dan's Foods, Orion Music and the Inn at Prospector Square - all in Park City. Tickets will be $8 at the door the night of the performance. Tickets can also be reserved by phone at 1-888-322-WDOG (9364). This is an all-ages show.
- LONG JOHN HUNTER, Texas guitar legend, will play the Dead Goat Saloon, 165 S. West Temple, Monday, March 30. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Hunter, whose album "Border Town Legend" topped the year-end Living Blues Magazine Radio Airplay Charts in 1996, has been making music for more than 40 years. Last year, the guitarist won the W.C. Handy Award (a top honor in the blues world).
The music man was born in Louisiana in 1931 and raised in Arkansas and Texas. When Hunter was 22, his friends took him to see B.B. King, and that's what started him on the road to a music career.
- REO SPEEDEALER will bring its blazing southern-fried punk to ABG's, 190 W. Center, in Provo, Wednesday, April 1. Doors open at 7 p.m.
This Texas quartet has toured with artists such as the Rev. Horton Heat, the Candy Snatchers and Zeke.
- THE SPECIALS, the Grammy-nominated ska band with a punk attitude from Coventry, England, will play Club DV8, 115 S. West Temple, Wednesday, April 1. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The band, which has inspired such groups as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish and Sublime, has released a new album, "Guilty 'Til Proved Innocent!," its first release in more than 15 years.
By mixing socio-political commentary, skanking rhythms and raw punk mentality, the Specials built a loyal following in England back in the '70s and early '80s.