Tonight: the Slackers at the Bluebird

Living through the third-wave ska movement of the mid-'90s and still keeping an admirably visible profile in 2011, the Slackers are a musical anomaly. Like labelmates Hepcat and Stubborn All Stars, the Slackers' success hinges on a penchant for the swing of blue beat while ditching the silliness made popular by former contemporaries. (Remember Reel Big Fish?)

A dozen studio albums into a two-decade-long career, the Slackers are on tour in support of 2010's The Great Rocksteady Swindle, giving ska a good name and reminding us that sometimes it's okay enjoy music that is happy -- and not cynical or ironic in the least. Tonight's show is sixteen and up. Doors are at 7 p.m., show starts at 8, and tickets are $15-$18.

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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