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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Front Range recommendations, 8/19

Serious or not, it's another great week in Colorado.

Friday, 23 August (Cervantes Other Side, Denver CO)

Master MC Gift of Gab and DJ Chief Xcel haven't released too many albums under the Blackalicious name; Gab's solo, The Next Logical Progression (2012), was the most recent drop from either of them, but there's talk of a new joint EP, The Sun Giver. The short back-catalog hasn't slowed the pair from steadily touring over the years. We're fortunate that Colorado seems to be a regular spot on their schedule. Cervantes Other Side is a nice intimate venue to appreciate their show.

Saturday, 24 August (Gothic Theatre, Denver CO)
Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts is an improvisational genius. Whether he's riffing on some esoteric idea or cross jamming musical genres, he keeps audiences laughing and off-balanced. Among the host of live looping artists out there, Watts sounds as unique as he looks. Beat boxing, hip hop, funk, jazz, and avant garde are lightened by his comic timing. He's a novelty wonder in the truest sense; every performance is something completely unbelievable.

Watts' show is the grand finale of the High Plains Comedy Festival.

Saturday, 24 August (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO)
Reggae on the Rocks

Reggae on the Rocks has been a Red Rocks summer tradition since 1988. Over the years, audiences have had the chance to see favorite artists like Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, and Black Uhuru and meet a host of upcoming players. This year's roster includes Inner Circle ("Bad Boys"!), Yellowman, Rebelution, Matisyahu, Daniel Marley, Collie Buddz, and Denver artists Judge Roughneck and MC Selecta Nikka T.

Come on out for a full day showing off a range of reggae sounds and slip into island-time.

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