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Monday, March 26, 2012

Front Range - Recommended shows, 3/26

It's not all music this time, with Henry Rollins on the list. This week showcases serious diversity on the Front Range.

26 March (Boulder Theater, Boulder CO)
Henry Rollins


Henry Rollins evolved beyond singing for Black Flag to become one of America's more interesting voices. Storyteller, commentator, ranter, and provocateur, Rollins has played all of these roles. His more recent work has been sharing his experiences on the road less traveled. Expect stories that will challenge your worldview and make you feel.

29 March (Boulder Theater, Boulder CO)
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

Seun Kuti carries on his father's work fronting Egypt 80. Fela Kuti largely created Afrobeat from an amalgam of jazz, funk, and several African musical styles. Despite his father's long shadow, Seun Kuti continues to develop his own voice, organically updating Egypt 80's sound. Last year's From Africa with Fury : Rise has a more modern edge, but still has the interlocking grooves and polyrhythms that Egypt 80 forged in Fela's heyday. This promises to be a great show with plenty of ecstatic dancing and heavy grooves.

29 March (Fox Theatre, Boulder CO)
30 March (Cervantes Masterpiece, Denver CO)
31 March (Aggie Theatre, Ft. Collins CO)
Blackalicious


Hip hop duo Blackalicious will be making a couple of stops here on the front range this week. Rapper Gift of Gab had some recent health issues, but it sounds like that's under control. Of more interest is his new solo album, The Next Logical Progression (review coming soon), which is releasing this week. He and Chief Xcel always throw a great concert. Their tracks are solid but with a little bit of quirky style. Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest is touring with them, so catch one of these shows.

30 March (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
31 March (Boulder Theater, Boulder CO)
The Greyboy Allstars


Karl Denson and the Greyboy Allstars are a must see band. From acid jazz to funk grooves, this is an incredibly tight band that will open your mind to about five types of music you've never heard of, including a couple they'll make up on the spot. Yes, they're that good. Denson's sax and flute are amazing, but the rest of the band works him hard with their own chops.

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