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Tonight

On his way to becoming the next blues legend, Michael Burks and his three-piece band comes to Steamboat for a show at the Tugboat. The Tugboat is located at 1860 Ski Time Square; 21 and older only.

Having recently released his second album, "Make it Rain," Burks brings his scratchy voice and electrifying guitar talent to the stage in Steamboat after six months. Burks said although his musical influences range from B.B. King to Jimi Hendrix to Grand Funk Railroad, he still doesn't have one idol in particular.

But Burks has a secret.

The second CD he recorded sits in a locked closet waiting for the right moment to be released to the world. He hasn't yet titled the album, but it encompasses his entire person in his own words.

"I guess I'm kinda an emotional guy. I care about people. I love people and I try to put that into my music," Burks said in a phone interview.

Burks said he knows his personal experiences are not new to the world and wants others to relate to his music from that perspective.

"Make it Rain" has been well-received by blues lovers. Burks said a Wal-Mart in his hometown of Camden, Ark., put 50 copies on the shelf just to see how it would do.

"Those same 50 were gone that same day. It's selling a lot," Burks said giving special thanks to producer Jim Gains, who also produced 90 percent of Carlos Santana's albums.

Although he didn't write as many of the songs in "Make it Rain" as he did for the one in the closet, Burks said he chose the songs from a book of 800 narrowing it down to the final 14.

The funky ska and rock band Fishbone plays at Level'z. Twenty years ago, Fishbone (who has gone through more than one name) began in the bedroom banging on pots and pans after listening to Bootsy, Rick James and Led Zeppelin covers. Now the band has transcended through the '80s and changed some of the mainstream Orange County styles. After nine CDs, including EP and LPs, Fishbone still considers their fans as family, calling it the Familyhood Nexperience. Level'z is located at 1860 Ski Time Square, Building E; 21 and older only.

Blues-crazed Alex Maryol plays from his new album, "They Call Me Lefty," at The Wolf Den Tavern. The Tavern is located at 703 Lincoln Ave.; 21 and older only.

Saturday

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe performs for a free concert at 5:30 p.m. at the Howelsen Hill Amphitheater. This tiny universe has bridged the gap between soul, jazz and rock with an energetic show that puts people on their feet swaying to the funky new steps. Denson has recorded and shared a stage with Lenny Kravitz, Maceo Parker, Medeski, Martin and Wood and The String Cheese Incident. Denson released "Dance Lesson #2" on Blue Note records in April and has found worldwide recognition in Europe and the United States.

Michael Burks comes to Tugboat playing his classy blues. The Tugboat is located at 1860 Ski Time Square; 21 and older only.

It's disco night with DJ Paradox at Level'z. Level'z is located at 1860 Ski Time Square, Building E; 21 and older only.

Blues-crazed Alex Maryol plays from his new album, "They Call Me Lefty," at The Wolf Den Tavern. The Tavern is located at 703 Lincoln Ave., 21 and older only.

Sunday

Bare Jr. opens for legendary The Reverend Horton Heat at Level'z. Although the openers come from Nashville, Tenn., they bring a theme of a "modern post-irony world" to their newly released album, "Brainwasher." Bare Jr. is southern and it's rock, but in no way is it "southern rock." Following Bare Jr., The Reverend Horton Heat will fire up the instruments for a three-piece punkabilly experience. The Texas rock 'n' roll ensemble released "Spend a Night in the Box" with blended rockabilly, country, blues, swing, swamp and surf elements. Level'z is located at 1860 Ski Time Square, Building E; 21 and older only.

Wednesday

Alternative country rockers Reckless Kelly play at the Tugboat. The Tugboat is located at 1860 Ski Time Square; 21 and older only.

In 1995, Cody and Willie Braun, who lived and breathed Western swing, joined bass player Chris Schelske in Bend, Ore., to form what would become the country rock 'n' roll roots band of Austin, Texas Reckless Kelly.

After hearing the Australian tale of Ned Kelly, a man in the 1800s who stole from the rich to give to the poor, the band decided that his nickname, Reckless Kelly, would fit perfectly for this group.

After Schelske worked in his brother's band, the nucleus of Reckless Kelly joined with drummer Jay Nazz in a drunken coincidence, and later guitarist David Abeyta.

Bringing the sweet sounds of country and the rip roaring vibrations of rock 'n' roll together, Reckless Kelly began touring the United States once again, but this time under their own rules.

Austin became home to Reckless Kelly in 1997, with Willie on lead vocals and guitar, Cody on the fiddle, Schelske on bass, Nazz on drums and Abeyta on guitar. The band's country and rock 'n' roll combo makes their style fitting for the Lone Star State.

Thursday

The bohemian neo-jazz of Jacob Fred's Jazz Odyssey plays at Level'z. JFJO has no Jacob Fred but produces a new groove of jazz through a Rhodes piano, drums and bass. JFJO has shared the stage with Galactic, Deep Banana Blackout, Rebirth Brass Band, Medeski, Martin and Wood and Emmylou Harris, to name just a few. The sextet recently released "Welcome Home" in 2000, which pulls styles from their favorite musical influences John Coltrane, Sun Ra and Jimi Hendrix.

Level'z is located at 1860 Ski Time Square, Building E; 21 and older only.

Alternative country rockers Reckless Kelly play at the Tugboat. The Tugboat is located at 1860 Ski Time Square; 21 and older only.

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