Five Iron Frenzy, joined by top skankers Less Than Jake, the Toasters, the Blue Meanies, Mustard Plug, MU330, Kemuri and Mike "Bruce Lee" Park (formerly of Skankin' Pickle), participates in the Ska Against Racism tour, which stops at the Ogden Theatre on Friday, May 8. A portion of the proceeds from the date will go to three organizations: Anti-Racist Action, Artists for a Hate-Free America and the Museum of Tolerance. Go out there and love somebody, why don't you?

But be sure to use a condom when you do. On Thursday, May 7, David Booker turns the page at the Catacombs in Boulder. On Friday, May 8, the Damn Shambles, the Hedges and Spleen Dingo howl at Cricket on the Hill, and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers begin a two-night run at the Fox Theatre. On Friday, May 8, Miten & Premal headline at Dance West in Boulder (call 772-1720 to learn more), and Kirkland and Reed team up with the Da Vinci Quartet for the first of two nights at Cameron Church, 1600 S. Pearl. On Saturday, May 9, Megadeth, the Deftones, the Toadies and the Din Pedals switch on for the KBPI Birthday Bash at Red Rocks; Chris Daniels and the Kings celebrate their fourteenth anniversary at Herman's Hideaway; Fast Action Revolver goes off at the 15th Street Tavern, with Inferno; and Roger Manning drops by the Lion's Lair (Manning also appears the next evening at Soapy Smith's). On Sunday, May 10, Pissing Razors is painful at the Snake Pit, with Pro-Pain, and Junis Ponds is all wet at the Oasis Brewery in Boulder. And on Tuesday, May 12, Intelligence Is Dead wises up at the Iliff Park Saloon, with Crush Automatic, and Moonshine Willy goes down smooth at the Lion's Lair. Make mine a double.

--Michael Roberts

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