Since breaking into the ska-punk scene in the mid-'90s, Reel Big Fish spent the last two decades on tour, in the studio, and working to keep ska music in the mainstream. Known for their energetic live sets, juvenile humor, and ironic covers, the group is expected to play fan favorites spanning their seven-album discography. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Combining South African rhythms with gospel music, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has produced uplifting a capella music for more than 50 years. Famed for its work on Paul Simon’s Graceland, the male group’s most recent release, Always With Us, pays tribute to its matriarch, Nellie Shabalala, who died in 2002. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Prepare yourself for an auditory adventure. This Canadian electronic dance duo will lead you through the highs and lows of EDM erudition. Take in the assumed sonic dissonance of high-pitched female vocal samples and convulsive bass drops as that discord becomes an elusive musical contradiction: a harmonious cacophony that actually works. Sat 9 p.m.
When the nine members of the Brooklyn-based and Berklee-born Turkuaz bring the funk, they bring it fast-paced, and they bring it loud. Throw in vivid getups and chest-rattling bass for a true sensory onslaught reminiscent of Sly & the Family Stone, Parliament, and other funk legends. Fri 9 p.m.
Two legendary careers, resulting in hits such as “Mrs. Robinson” and “Roxanne,” will merge for the first time in an 18-city American tour. Since the late ’60s, Paul Simon—as a solo artist and as part of a duo with Art Garfunkel—has turned out songs that influenced an entire generation. English-born Sting and his band, the Police, put up consistent chart-toppers for more than a decade.
Guitarist and vocalist Billy Shaddox had already honed his country-meets-American-folk sound, but his musical sensibilities reached new depths when he joined forces with vocalist Kara Tauchman. Tauchman’s prairie falsetto complements Shaddox’s acoustic melodies and love-focused lyrics.
Did you know that instead of one Santa Claus, Iceland celebrates Christmas with 13 "Yule Lads?" Celebrate a unique Icelandic Christmas with traditional holiday stories and music from across the Atlantic, featuring renowned guitarist Bjorn Thoroddsen and Colorado gypsy swing band Swing Je T'aime. Sat 7-8:30 p.m.
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