I first experienced the soul-powered afrobeat conglomerate Euforquestra at a random late-night event in San Francisco two years ago, then again at a choice showing on the Front Range this past year. Now, the magnetized Euforquestra are crossing paths even closer to home with two shows in Durango and a one-off right here in Telluride.
The Fort Collins (by way of Iowa City) outfit is the real deal in a thriving nu-funk atmosphere. They present a dynamic live act that leaves an impression, just a few songs into a set, with a steady elevation to energetic jams, solo breakdowns and full-band peaks where progressive world beat jumps into old school funk before colliding with jazz-infused improvisational rock.
It’s all the good in everything that makes you want to dance, without sacrificing any bit of technicality or original sound.
Euforquestra’s pride in performance is manifested on their latest release, Let Us In, a completely live album that showcases the six piece’s ability to throw saxophones, guitar, bass and keys in a balanced, full rhythm showcase.
They’ll warm up at Fly Me to the Moon tonight, before doing two nights this weekend at the brand new Animas City Theater in Durango.
Euforquestra, Thursday, Oct. 17, Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, Telluride, flymetothemoonsaloon.com
KRS-One Takes Over the ACT
Hip-hop turns 40 years old this year. That statement of fact itself warrants reflection and celebration, even out here in the rap music-absent Western Slope. KRS-One tops the list of deities that can be directly attributed to the genre’s four decades of staying power. Although his self-assigned backronym Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone speaks for itself, the BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient has continuously proven his worth as a pioneer in hip-hop culture.
From selling hundreds of thousands of hard-to-find copies of his mid-80s debut Criminal Minds, to the historical victory in a rap battle beef with MC Shan dubbed the Bridge Wars, to innovatively bridging Jamaican Zungguzung melody with rap music, and now sitting on top of 20 critically acclaimed and philosophically charged studio releases, KRS is truly one of the most decorated figures to ever personify the hip-hop lifestyle.
Yet, he has never stopped, and as recent as last month he dropped the The Never Forget EP as a sampler of what he has planned for 2014. In the meantime, the blastmaster who has inspired infinite artists will be touring the West, including a very rare appearance this coming Tuesday at the Animas City Theater in Durango.
KRS-One with Ariano & DJ Stimulus, Tuesday, Oct. 22, Animas City Theatre, 9 p.m., $25GA/$35VIP, animascitytheatre.com