Monday, April 26Roots musician and all-around character Taj Mahalhas always combined his love of traditional tunes with a talent for keeping them fresh. Now, Taj's Hula Blues project intertwines country blues and island rhythms in his inimitable laid-back style. Expect to have a good time when Taj Mahal performs tonight at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, Boulder. The Otis Taylor Band warms up at 7:30 p.m.; for tickets, $25, call 303-786-7030 or log on to www.bouldertheater.com.
Tuesday, April 27Any band that dares to call itself the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cashcan't be all bad, and it is with a loving touch that San Diego post-punker Mark Stuart and crew dish out their own brand of honky-tonk, written in, but not necessarily derivative of, Cash's long shadow. The Man in Black didn't mind a bit when he was still with us. Hear the Sons wail tonight at 10 p.m. at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton Street. Admission is $8; call 303-297-1772 or log on to www.cervantesmasterpiece.com.
Wednesday, April 28An outspoken and larger-than-life voice for wildlife preservation brings his message to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, for An Evening With Richard Leakey, tonight at 7 p.m. in the Phipps IMAX Theater. Leakey, who's worked to end elephant poaching in Kenya, will discuss challenges facing conservationists in Africa today; tickets, which benefit the East African Wild Life Society, are $20 to $25 (patron tickets, $70 to $75, include admission to a post-lecture reception with Leakey). For reservations, call 303-322-7009 or log on to www.dmns.org.