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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Front Range recommended shows, 3/10

Wednesday, 12 March (Fox Theatre, Boulder CO)
Saturday, 15 March (Gothic Theatre, Denver CO)
The Travelin' McCourys

Bluegrass legend Del McCoury assembled a fine group of musicians for his band, including his two sons, Ronnie and Rob. Del instilled such a love of music in his boys that they take the rest of the band out under the name of the Travelin' McCourys. This also allows them to branch out a little and reach new audiences. This show also features Billy Nershi from String Cheese Incident.

Saturday, 15 March (Cervantes Masterpiece, Denver CO)
De La Soul

De La Soul recently made their back catalog available to fans as free downloads. I myself took advantage to pick up AOI:Bionix, which I had somehow missed. Some cynics have pointed out that this was just bait to generate interest in an upcoming tour and a new album planned for release later on this year. Sure, trying to get sample clearance on all those old releases would be fairly challenging, but I say it doesn't matter what their motives are. De La Soul has been one of the more interesting hip hop acts over the years, with a keen creativity in their rhymes and mixes. The downloads are a sweet gift and everyone should catch their live show regardless of whether they've bribed us or not! This tour also includes Latyrx, who are always a joy to catch.

Sunday, 16 March (Soiled Dove, Denver CO)
W Kamau Bell

Whether you're a fan of his tour The Bell Curve or his late show Totally Biased, this is a great chance to catch one of America's more thoughtful standup comedians. It's true that his road show never quite did end racism in about an hour, but his humor does open up some lines of communication. So, will it be an evening of raising racial consciousness and poking fun of white people? Well, yes, but it will also be funny as hell and I'm pretty sure he'll get everyone in his sights at one time or another. His show on FX didn't last, so help a man support his family.

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