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07/28/2016
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Music Box: Afro-Beat musician is a spirit of positivity and possibility

Fami Kuti and The Positive Force brings their own Afro-Beat revolution to the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., at 8 p.m. July 29.

Femi Kuti is the eldest son of the angry radical Nigerian legend of stage and story, Fela Kuti, who, as legend has it, once chased Paul McCartney out of his country thinking he was there to steel Kuti's music and rhythms. Talk about Band on the Run!

Femi Kuti is the ying to his father's yang, perpetuating a spirit of positivity and possibility. He's what the Rough Guide to World Music calls "a musician's musician…" leading "…a movement for real progress led by creative people in touch with their own roots." Search out the elder, Fela Kuti, online and soak up his earthshaking power and insistence. Then unleash your hips at the 9:30 Club in rhythm with The Positive Force, led by his two sisters Yeni and Sola, accompanied by Femi Kuti as vocalist, keyboardist, sax and trumpet player, along with special guest DJ Diaspora, as they demand free and fair human rights for Nigeria and the world!

Also tonight, the All Good organization welcomes Dark Star Orchestra to its 6 p.m. show at Pier Six Concert Pavilion in Baltimore for a faithful evening length re-creation of a full Grateful Dead concert. Seven musicians joined together to share the epic vision of the San Francisco psychedelic juggernaut born in the early sixties and fully blossomed with the flower power generation during "the summer of love." Like the Femi Kuti concert, you will surely be inspired to get on your feet and move to the rhythms of two expansive drummers and the intertwining guitar licks originally conjured up by Bob Weir and the late Jerry Garcia. Opening the show for Dark Star out on Baltimore Harbor is the don't miss Dead-inspired music of Baltimore's The Bridge.

Singer Chris Robinson is spending more time as a solo act and touring occasionally with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and his friends. They're appearing again this summer at the LOCKN Festival Aug. 25-28 on the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA. Meanwhile, his brother Rich Robinson is officially free to tour with his own solo show. The founding brothers for decades led the Black Crowes before disbanding about a year ago. Rich Robinson performs on Sunday night at Rams Head On Stage with the lovely and exceptionally skilled songwriter Bonnie Bishop opening the 8 p.m. show.