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Tommy Bolin's posthumous comeback continues Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24, at the Bluebird Theater. That's when one of Bolin's outfits, Energy, reunites, with original members Jeff Cook, Stanley Sheldon, Tom Stephenson, Bobby Berge and Gary Wilson. They'll be supplemented by guitarist Michael Reese, onetime Call axman Ralph Patlin and Tommy's brother Johnny Bolin on drums. The shows are sponsored in part by the Denver-based Tommy Bolin Archives, which has issued three Bolin CDs this year: Tommy Bolin: From the Archives--Volume 1 (on Rhino Records), The Tommy Bolin Band: Live at Ebbets Field, 1976 and The Bottom Shelf--Volume One. Archives spokesman Mike Drumm adds that there's plenty more Tommy material in the can that he hopes will see the light of day in the near future.

Still among the living. On Thursday, August 22, "Weird Al" Yankovic behaves normally at the Paramount Theatre, and the Gluey Brothers stick at Round Midnight. On Friday, August 23, John Hiatt and Elliot Murphy get literate at the Ogden Theatre; the AUTONO hosts a CD-release party at Herman's Hideaway, with the Simpeltones; Elvis Costello and the Attractions reunite at the Paramount; Geoff Cleveland and the Emergency Broadcast Players send out a beacon at the Daily Planet Cafe; Delinquent Habits visits Club Mecca; Kandombe drums up support at Chautauqua's Community House; Mrs. Larvae wriggles at the Lion's Lair, with Hell's Half Acre; and Jux County indulges at City Spirit. (Also, note that your blue eyes will be crying in the rain if you miss the special guest on Friday's E-Town broadcast at the Boulder Theater.) On Saturday, August 24, recent Westword profile subject Armchair Martian joins the Lemons, Calamari Safari and others for KCSU's summer birthday bash, taking place at Old Town Square in Fort Collins (get details at 970-491-1696); Skull Flux and Spite Boy play a warehouse party at Eighth and Santa Fe (call 623-6542 for more details); Little Fyodor and Babushka provide easy listening at Boulder's Penny Lane, with Wryeteous Pybayk Jammbory; and Total Chaos reigns at the Mercury Cafe, with the Misfits, Cannibal Corpse and Life of Agony. On Tuesday, August 27, Mike Morgan and the Crawl slink to Brendan's; the Rainravens fly to the Little Bear; and the Mr. T Experience plays in tribute to Wilma Webb at the Bluebird. I pity the fool who doesn't have a sense of humor.

--Michael Roberts

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