July 9 | Femi Kuti and The Positive Force
Son of the legendary Fela Kuti and a big star in his own right, Nigerian Afrobeat musician Femi Kuti is hitting the road in support of his newest record, No Place for My Dream. PopMatters wrote in its review: "Kuti and his band are tight as a knot, and it’s kind of crazy to think how the music can potentially take a backseat to the lyrics. Triumphant bursts of saxophones are commonplace, and the rhythms are spell-bindingly full. And as usual, the background singers are no slouches either. 'Action Time' goes through more metamorphoses than your average trad jazz number, treating the tempos, rhythms, and feels like the rubber units that they are and have the potential to be for so many other musicians." Mattias and The Pirates open. $25. 8 p.m. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester.