SALT LAKE CITY — With Veterans Day this Saturday, many events over the weekend will honor and remember those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Other activities include concerts from former Eagles lead guitarist Don Felder and pop-rock band Secondhand Serenade, a celebration of the classic film "Casablanca" and Utah's very first light art festival. So while staying indoors and keeping warm may be tempting this weekend, consider bundling up and checking out what the Beehive State has to offer.
This weekend might be a good time to “take it easy” as Don Felder, longtime former lead guitarist of the Eagles, is headlining Salt Lake City’s The Depot. From 1974-2001, Felder was a member of the ‘70s country-rock band and co-wrote a number of songs including the monster hit “Hotel California.” He also taught Tom Petty guitar when the rocker was just 12 or 13 years old. Backed by a full band, Felder will bring the Eagles’ classic hits and a few of his own songs to the stage Friday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m., 400 W. South Temple, $30-$35 (smithstix.com).
Utah National Guard Veterans Concert
Many events taking place this weekend will honor and remember our veterans, including the Utah National Guard's 23rd Army Band annual Veterans Day concert. The ensemble, which performs frequently throughout the state, formed in 1924 to provide music for military ceremonies. In a past interview with the Deseret News, band commander Denny Saunders said, “Our job is to go out and provide musical support for the military, as well as the community. We go into communities and we play concerts to promote patriotism.” The concert will take place Nov. 10, 7-10 p.m., Tabernacle on Temple Square, free (801-240-3323 or lds.org/events).
Illuminate Salt Lake
Holland's done it, Singapore's done it and now Salt Lake City's hopping on board and giving the Beehive State its very first light art festival. This weekend, Illuminate Salt Lake! Utah’s Light Art and Technology Festival will feature more than 30 light art pieces by artists from Utah, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho and California, according to the Deseret News. Those interested in exploring this colorful display can stroll by the Gateway Center, Eccles Theater Plaza and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art on Nov. 10-11, 5-10 p.m., free (utaharts.org/illuminate-salt-lake/ or 801-363-ARTS).
Utah Symphony performs Mozart’s “Great Mass”
This weekend the Utah Symphony will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, K. 427 — a piece composed in the early 1780s. Chorus director Barlow Bradford, who served as the first conductor of the Orchestra at Temple Square and associate conductor for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1999-2003, will bring the work to life. Utah-born soprano Celena Shafer, who recently performed in Utah Opera’s production of “La Boheme” as the flirtatious Musetta, will also take the Abravanel Hall stage, Nov. 10-11, 7:30 p.m., 123 W. South Temple, $15-$83 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org).
The pop-rock band Secondhand Serenade emerged on the music scene with its debut album “Awake” in 2007 that included the hit single “Vulnerable.” The band is currently on tour celebrating the album’s 10-year anniversary and will stop in Salt Lake City at The Complex on Friday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m., 536 W. 100 South, $25 (showclix.com).
It’s been 75 years since Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman captivated audiences with their suspenseful and romantic relationship in the film “Casablanca.” From “Here’s looking at you, kid” to “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” the movie includes memorable quotes and scenes that continue to have a presence in popular culture. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the classic film, select Cinemark Theatres will hold screenings of “Casablanca.” So round up the usual suspects and head to the theater Nov. 12 and 15, 2 and 7 p.m., $6.25-$8.75 (cinemark.com/tcm).