There are a few giants who stand at the forefront of downtempo electronic music: Portishead, Massive Attack, Zero 7, and Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister and, of course, DJ Mark Farina, whos been steadily releasing house-style mixes and morphs of downtempo, hip-hop, jazz and soul with his Mushroom Jazz series on the Om Records imprint since 1996. You can pick up Farinas sixth Mushroom Jazz volume, released last year, at Twist & Shout, 2508 East Colfax Avenue. And if you stop by today at 5 p.m., then youll have the opportunity to fall in love with Mark Farina himself when he spins a special Valentines Day set. Call 303-722-1943 or visit www.twistandshout.com.
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Or if youd rather enjoy Mr. Mushroom Jazz in a party setting, head to Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton Street, for Love: A One-Night Stand, the first ever Valentines Day production from the folks at Boogie Down; youll also get a chance to move to the beat of Fort Knox Five vs. Thunderball, plus the visual entertainment of fire dancers and live painters. The show starts at 9 p.m.; tickets are $25. Call 303-297-1772 or visit www.boogiedown-productions.com.
Sat., Feb. 14, 5 p.m., 2009