In the realm of "gigs you probably never expected to see happen in your lifetime," this one might just be lurking somewhere in the background.
This Thursday, the Grammy-winning Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be playing for a few hundred local fans at Union Station. Actually, only two of the original members — Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone — are on the current tour. But given the fact that they'll be headlining L.A.'s 1,250-capacity House of Blues the following night, that's a pretty impressive score for a club that mostly books local metal, punk and hip-hop shows.
Known for hits like "Tha Crossroads" and "1st of tha Month," the Cleveland group has a two-decade history that includes collaborations with Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls and Eazy-E, who originally signed them to his Ruthless Records label. Along the way, band members have had their trials and tribulations, not least of which was an eight-year prison term for co-founder Flesh-N-Bone.
And while there have been some disagreements between bandmates, the rappers still have a devoted following. As Wish Bone said earlier this year in an AllHipHop interview, "Twenty years in, and the love is still there like it was yesterday."
The April 12 gig will also feature Dilemma from Mo Thugs, Tech N9ne protege Skatterman, and local hip-hop artists Young Ghost, Adrenaline, Playa Squad, Go Getta and 17Ents.
In other hip-hop news, if you were thinking of going up to Denver this weekend to see Colorado Springs' ReMINDers open for BlackStar's Mos Def and Talib Kweli, think again. The Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom show has been moved back to May 11. Look for the ReMINDers' new album later that month.
Meanwhile, Beryl Beloved fans will be pleased to know that Colorado Springs' favorite — and possibly only — goth act has a new album coming out this Friday the 13th. The Batcaved-out band's Count the Days will enter this world as a download-only collection via berylbeloved.com, with a proper physical release planned for later in the spring.
The two songs I've heard so far sound promising: "Ethyl Carbamate," written back when frontman Beryl Bacavis was an apparently angst-ridden 13-year-old, is all acoustic guitar, drum machine and echo-laden voice until a severely overdriven electric guitar kicks in midway through. "Asleep" is a full-on rock affair, more in keeping with the sound of last year's Dressed for Burial EP, but with some conspicuous violin thrown into the mix.
And while Beryl is probably still convinced his vocals are more in the tradition of Ian Astbury and Siouxsie Sioux than they are Peter Murphy, fans of the Bauhaus singer may have reason to believe otherwise.
Metal fans are also in luck this Friday the 13th, as the Black Sheep plays host to Soulfly, the band fronted by former Sepultura guitarist Max Cavalera. Malakai, Wykked Wytch, Lady Kong and Incite will perform opening rites. On Saturday, you can hit Zodiac to celebrate the release of Axiom Trio's new Flight of the Midnight Rabbits CD. Not sure if their cover of Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" is on it, but you can always demand it live.
And finally, now that we've covered rap, goth, metal and rock, let's move on to what we've all been waiting for: smooth jazz!
Actually, this year's installment of Earl Klugh's Weekend of Jazz at the Broadmoor (full schedule at weekendofjazz.com) should be a somewhat less mellow affair, thanks to the inclusion of Treme series favorite Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. He'll be the "breakout star" Saturday night, sharing a bill with Klugh and former L.T.D. frontman Jeffrey Osborne, who can be counted on to perform "You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)" whether you demand it or not.
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