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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Front Range recommended shows, 2/3

This week only earns a couple of recommendations, but each one is a double-night run. This makes it twice as easy to fit into your schedule.

Friday, 7 February (Road 34, Ft. Collins CO)
Saturday, 8 February (Road 34, Ft. Collins CO)
Three Amigos

Thankfully, I'm not recommending a double showing of Steve Martin and company's mediocre 1986 comedy. Instead, this is the frequent three-way tag team of Roger Clyne and Jim Dalton from Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers and Johnny Hickman of Cracker. Clyne alternates his visits here between full band shows with the Peacemakes and these stripped down evenings. Hickman occasionally sits in on the band shows, but these smaller shows almost always include him. These Road 34 shows have usually been under the radar; a two-night run indicates that they've been packing out the house in recent visits.The music will draw from everyone's back catalog, but the trio always manages to pull out a surprise or two. 

Friday, 7 February (Cervantes Masterpiece, Denver CO)
Saturday, 8 February (Cervantes Masterpiece, Denver CO)

The Neville Brothers, The Meters, The Funky Meters - this musical collective used to be the main backing band for the rich soundtrack of New Orleans, backing artists like Dr. John and Lee Dorsey. Progenitors of bayou funk, the band has always offered a perfect blend of ass-shaking grooves and rich cultural legacy. This Funky Meters incarnation is led by original members Art Neville and George Porter Jr. and it remains true to the band's core musical sound. Each night at Cervantes offers a different set of openers. I've only heard Portland's Quick and Easy Boys, who are opening on Friday, but, based on their tight sound, I'd expect either night to be awesome.

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