Live Around Town This Week

photo by Lisa Johnson

photo by Lisa Johnson

Tuesday, June 29

Femi Kudi & Positive Force @ the Showbox at the Market

Since his father and Afro-Beat pioneer Fela Kuti died in 1997, Femi and his band Positive Force have been carrying on his father’s legacy while at the same time blazing their own trail. Though he has garnered the bulk of his acclaim after his father’s passing, Femi has been playing with Positive Force since the late 80s. His music has been called a more accessible and more jazz-influenced version of his father’s, and since 2000 he has toured with Jane’s Addiction, collaborated with the likes of Mos Def and Common, and been nominated for two Grammys (most recently this year). His latest album Day By Day was released in 2008. (8 pm, $28 adv)

Wednesday, June 30

Old 97s with The David Wax Museum @ the Showbox at the Market

The Old 97s have been an alt-country institution over the past fifteen years, and after a mostly fragmented last decade which saw heart-throb front man Rhett Miller foray in and out of solo projects, they are back on the road in support of their 2008 release Blame It On Gravity, which many consider to be one of their strongest efforts. The Old 97s’ lyrics are country lyrics, but fall somewhere between the thinking-man’s country lyrics (Miller was given a scholarship to attend Sarah Lawrence’s prestigious creative writing program), and those of the hopelessly stoned, drunk, and lovelorn. They are twang-y and poppy in a good way and their raw energy, shredding guitar solos, and Miller’s front man appeal have given their live shows legendary status in their home state of Texas. (8 pm, $22.50, 21+)

Thursday, July 1

Ravenna Woods with Song Sparrow, Research, Monotpony @ the Tractor Tavern

Local up-and-coming acoustic rockers Ravenna Woods will be stopping by the Tractor on Thursday. Their melodic, fast-paced, harmony-laden acousticisms promise to translate well live, especially at a venue like the Tractor Tavern, where they should feel right at home. A few of their influences listed on MySpace: Radiohead, Cormac McCarthy, apocalyptic dreams, and gamelan gong orchestras. Their debut LP Demons and Lakes was released earlier this year. (9 pm, $7, 21+)

Friday, July 2

Neumos Beach Party feat. Fresh Espresso, Four Color Zack, DJ Sean Cee

If you’re low on cash and like swim suits, hoola hoops, tiki torches, jello shots, neon, drinking games, and anything else you can imagine would be at a beach-themed party, make your way to Neumos on Saturday night, where you can enter for nothing and walk out having won a plethora of beach paraphenalia, or even tickets to future shows, including the Capitol Hill Block party. Oh yeah, and Fresh Espresso will be there. Let’s just hope it’s warm enough to attend in flip flops. (9 pm, FREE, 21+)

Saturday, July 3

Helladope, State of the Artist, Dark Time Sunshine, Katie Kate, DJ Radjaw @ The Crocodile

For your local hip-hop fix this week, head to the Crocodile on Saturday to ring in the Fourth of July with a conglomeration of acts hailing from around the Northwest. (8 pm, $12 adv, 21+)

Sunday, July 4

Get some fresh air Sunday night! The Fourth of July is for boozing, barbequing, and saluting fireworks, not standing inside a dark venue all night.

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