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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Front Range recommended shows, 3/3

Wednesday, 6 March (Soiled Dove, Denver CO)
Adrian Legg

Adrian Legg is brilliantly idiosyncratic guitarist. Listening to him, you can hear bits of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, John Fahey, and Richard Thompson, but Legg doesn't really emulate any of those greats. Aside from his fluid fingerstyle playing, he also has some technical tricks for altering his tuning on the fly. Where that would be enough to make him a must-see performer for other guitarists, it's his dry stage patter and sense of humor that let him connect with a much wider audience.

Friday, 8 March (Fillmore Auditorium, Denver CO)

In case you didn't get enough Louisiana funk from last week's Dirty Dozen Brass Band show, here's your chance to get a more modern spin. Galactic also hails from New Orleans and plays a kind of jazzy funk, but they integrate a host of other influences like hip hop, jam bands, and electronica. They're all great players, but drummer Stanton Moore is one of my favorite performers. Lately, Living Color's Corey Glover has been laying down vocals for the band. This will be a late-night, hard-dancing orgy of genre-streatching music.

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