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This Weekend’s Best Music Bets

Budos Band, Larimer Lounge
Friday, August 27 |
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Tied to one of the most exciting revivals in recent memory, NYC instrumental funk collective The Budos Band (featuring Dap-Kings from Sharon Jones’ popular neo-R&B group) plays groove-laden, cinematic soul. Led by a propulsive horn section, the Budos exude an ominous, retro vibe, a seemingly perfect fit for scoring a ’60s-era James Bond film set in the desert.

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This Weekend’s Best Music Bets

Angelique Kidjo, Boulder Theater
Friday, June 18 | Details | Read more | Listen | Watch

World-music diva and social activist Angelique Kidjo fuses the traditional rhythms of her West African upbringing with American pop, rock, and funk forms. The dynamic, fiery performer has worked with names like Bono, Santana, Peter Gabriel, and Joss Stone, belting out passionate songs about injustice and propelling joyous grooves that spark the dance floor.

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This Weekend’s Best Music Bets

Public Image Ltd., Ogden Theatre
Saturday, April 24 | Read more

Most people know John Lydon as Johnny Rotten, the snarling, hunchbacked, anti-everything leader of seminal punk group the Sex Pistols. But his other group, Public Image Ltd., is much more musically dynamic, exploring dub, electro-rock, and free-form singing, while influencing countless experimental rock bands today.

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This Weekend’s Best Music Bets

Maceo Parker, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Friday, March 12 | Details | Read more | Watch and listen

If funk pioneer James Brown screamed “Maceo!” during the heat of a song, that meant his main sax man, Maceo Parker, was set to blow a raucous solo over the groove. But Parker, who has also backed acts like Parliament-Funkadelic and Prince, is far more than a sideman. He’s explored an enticing combination of soul, jazz, and funk during his decades-long solo career, while maintaining the fun-loving spirit of the genre he helped define more than 40 years ago with songs like “I Got You (I Feel Good).”

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This Weekend’s Best Music Bets

Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival, Ramada Plaza Denver North
Friday, February 19, through Sunday, February 21 | Details | Read more

While most of Colorado’s banjo-pickin’ fairs are held in the sweltering heat of summer, the Mid-winter Bluegrass Fest has helped stave off the cold season’s blues for 25 years. This year, the three-day party features plenty of home-state talent in addition to touring headliners the Lonesome River Band, The Lost and Found, and April Verch Band.

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