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Bill Kreutzmann, left, and Mickey Hart are the Rhythm Devils.






The Rhythm Devils are going to raise a little hell at Denver’s Ogden Theatre on Thursday.

The groove-based project features Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, plus a revolving series of guest players.

The Ogden show will feature looping guitar ace Keller Williams, Back Door Slam singer/guitarist Davy Knowles and talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju.

If you go



Who: Rhythm Devils

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver

Cost: $35

ogdentheater.net

“This band’s really on fire,” percussionist Mickey Hart said. “The concept is to merge rhythms with electronic trance music. The two sounds are similar and really roll into each other.

“This band is a work in progress. We’re looking to the future with this music.”

Hart’s also psyched about re-joining forces with Kreutzmann for this percussive-based event.

“It was time for me and Bill to get together and explore new rhythms and take it to the next level,” Hart said. “We share unique rhythms and we’re playing with some great guys.

“People will be dancing their asses off to this band. This is all about being a dance trance band — and putting the proper spin on Grateful Dead songs. People will definitely get their money’s worth.”

Chris Berry Trio

It’s going to be a jam nation weekend in Boulder and Denver.

Thursday, the Chris Berry Trio — aka CB3 — brings its Afrobeat/electro sounds to the Fox Theatre. Think of this as a prequel to the String Cheese Incident weekend. Plus, you can get tickets to this show.

As a special perk, CB3 and SCI’s Michael Kang will join forces at the Gothic Theatre for Friday’s post-String Cheese bash.

Berry said there will also be musical surprises at the Fox.

Hmm… it is SCI weekend.

“My band fuses the music of the past and the future,” Berry said. “We use African music from the most ancient cultures and we fuel it with electronic elements. It’s really exciting to have the old and the new happening at the same time.

“This is music that inspires and makes people want to dance.”

Berry’s been busy scoring the music for a film that takes place in Africa, and he’s shopping a book about his adventures on the continent.

For now, Berry and his trio are ready to party at the Fox.

“We’ll be performing with a 15-piece marimba orchestra,” Berry said. “Playing with CB3 is always an opportunity to have special guests. There are so many good musicians here — and there will be some surprises at the gigs.”

This could get interesting.

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