Monday, May 21, 2012

Out Every Night: The Best Shows From May 21 to May 27

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Mighty Diamonds Fri., 9:00 p.m. May 25 @ 2720 Cherokee - $15 By Josh Levi As one of the pioneering groups of the roots reggae movement, Jamaica's Mighty Diamonds has been churning out timeless vocal classics for over the past four decades. Focusing its music on the spirituality of the Rastafari movement, the trio would became a staple at the legendary Channel One Studios with hits like "Country Living" and "I Need A Roof." Like honey on a bruise, the three men's amalgam of sweet sea breeze melody and outer-body three-piece harmony would eventually bring them to prominence in a burgeoning dub scene. Forever seducing loyal audiences into a heavenly bliss, the Diamonds will make only one midwest stop on its current tour. Fun Fact: The Mighty Diamonds hit "Pass The Koutchie" received took on a new life with the Musical Youth cover "Pass The Dutchie."

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Devin the Dude Sat., 7:00 p.m. May 26 w/ 12 to 6 Movement @ The Firebird - $15 By Calvin Cox There's something refreshingly unassuming about Devin Copeland's chosen stage name, Devin the Dude. The same thing can be said for his music: Devin's songs aren't filled with tales of hardcore violence and obscene wealth -- he's more likely to rap (or sing) about running out of weed or chasing women. His reputation as an everyman rapper -- and a couple of high-profile features, including "Fuck You" from Dr. Dre's The Chronic 2001 -- has earned him a niche following in hip-hop over the last decade or so. But even Devin's filthiest punch lines are pulled off with a certain charm, as his often comical lyrics tend to complement his easygoing delivery and Texas drawl.

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Stanley Clarke Trio 7:30 p.m. daily from May 23 until May 26 @ Jazz at the Bistro - $20-$40 By Ryan Wasoba Like Charles Mingus and Scott LaFaro before him, Stanley Clarke helped bring bass to the forefront of jazz ensembles instead of hiding the instrument in the shadow of the drum kit. He is perhaps best known through his collaborations with keyboardist Chick Corea, beginning as members of fusion ensemble Return To Forever and continuing with the pair's Grammy winning 2011 album Forever with drummer Lenny White. Clarke's big breaks came from seasoned musicians like Corea and Pharoah Sanders, and he returns the favor in the current Stanley Clarke Trio by employing relatively young gun percussionist Ronald Bruner Jr. and Ukranian piano phenom Rusian Sirota. One of These Things is Not Like the Others: Ronald Bruner Jr. has drummed with Kenny Garrett, Lee Ritenour, Suicidal Tendencies and Marcus Miller.

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Big Muddy Records Chili Cook-off Sun., 2:00 p.m. May 27 @ Off Broadway - $10 By Daniel Hill It would be easy to crack an off-color, juvenile joke relating to the fact that an organization that calls itself "Big Muddy" is holding a chili cook-off, but we're far too classy for that sort of thing. Instead we'll just give you the rundown, which speaks for itself: Performances by the Rum Drum Ramblers, the Hooten Hallers, Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost, the Griddle Kids, Trio Project, the Royal Smokestacks, the Skekses, the Hobosexuals, Lonesome Cowboy Ryan & Banjo Kellie, Chris Baricevic and Jack Grelle. Sponsorship by Stag and PBR (not to mention KDHX [88.1 FM]) ― and chili, by the bucketful! The measly ten dollar cost of admission buys you a full stomach and a full day of excellent music; what's not to like? Beware the Bathrooms: Nah, come on, we're not making those jokes, remember?

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