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Monday, March 5, 2012

Front Range - Recommended shows, 3/5

This week I'm faced with a tough decision: Gogol Bordello or Los Lobos. A friend made the choice easy with free tickets, but either show will prove to be excellent, I'm sure.

7 March - Hi Dive, Boulder CO

If you're looking for a great party band, but can't swing Gogol Bordello tickets, drop into Denver's Hi Dive for Reptar's show. They're known for turning simple bar gigs into riotous house party scenes. Goofy danceable pop is the order of the day. Drop in so you'll have the cool stories to tell later.

7 March - Boulder Theater, Boulder CO
8 March - Odgen Theatre, Denver CO
Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello concerts are a sideshow mix of gypsy carnival, political theater, and ecstatic dance. Their musical foundation spans eastern European and western influence, supporting a heady mix of gypsy punk. If you haven't seen them before, make your plans NOW.

8 March - Aggie Theatre, Ft. Collins CO
9 March - Boulder Theater, Boulder CO
Los Lobos

In a world of glitz and shallow connections, Los Lobos stands out as a solid example of depth -- depth of history, musical roots, and sincerity. Ft. Collins and Boulder will feel the love this time through.

10 March - Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
G. Love & Special Sauce

G. Love was here in Ft. Collins last summer and showed that he still has the same lazy beat groove that he had back in the day. He lays down his freestyle hip hop vocals over jazzy blues jams, driven by stumble beat rhythms. Like Jackie Chan's Drunken Master, it all looks sloppy until you realize every beat and every note are where they need to be.

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