Motown Philly is back; Albuquerque Underground Zine Tribute to David Bowie; Metalachi melds East L.A. and the Sunset Strip.
Within Range: Hearts, Heroes and Metal Mariachi
BY M. BRIANNA STALLINGS
Boyz II Men ❤ ABQ
They’ll make love to you — well, to your ears anyway. Motown Philly is back, y’all, and kickin’ it just for you on Valentine’s Day.
Grammy Award-winning R&B group Boyz II Men thrills on Sunday, February 14th, at Legends Theater in Route 66 Casino (14500 Central SW, I-40 Exit 140). Doors are at 7:00 p.m., and the show’s from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. As a hugely successful ’90s quartet with mega-hits like “End of the Road” and “One Sweet Day” featuring Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men held the number-one spot on the Billboard charts for at least 50 cumulative weeks, placing them right behind Elvis, The Beatles and Carey herself.
Despite years of label struggles and the 2003 departure of bass singer Michael McCary owing to health issues, remaining founding members Nathan Morris (baritone) and tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman are still going strong with their brand of hip-hop slash doo-wop; their latest, “Collide,” was released in 2014. The Philadelphia natives recently appeared in a cameo performance in FOX’s “Grease: Live” as teen angels. The trio belted out “Beauty School Dropout” in a role made famous by Frankie Avalon — who’s also from Philly — in the original 1978 film.
Tickets for Boyz II Men range from $35 to $70. Visit rt66casino.com to learn more. Wanna go full-throttle, capital-R Romance? Head over to luxury rose delivery website RosesHire.com to order a $189 bouquet-and-chocolate box package endorsed by the Boyz. A photo of the Boyz is included, but there’s no word on their favorite chocolates, so you’ll have to wing it there.
Burque honors Bowie
When I wrote my Boom Box-intended review of David Bowie’s “★ Blackstar,” I was operating on logical assumptions. Released on Bowie’s 69th birthday, “★ Blackstar” was to be like his previous works: a new direction that also hearkened back to older albums, one he might pursue on future records.
I described Bowie as rock’s aging changeling and compared “★ Blackstar” to his Berlin trilogy and 1995’s underrated “Outside.” Two days after its release, I and the rest of the world came to a somber realization: Bowie’s 25th album was also his last.
David Robert Jones, better known as superstar David Bowie, died January 10th, 2016 after an 18-month battle with liver cancer. Tribute shows began popping up around the world immediately, and Burque is no exception. The Albuquerque Underground Zine Tribute to David Bowie goes down on Friday, February 19th, at the Library Downtown (312 Central SW). Expect Bowie covers by diverse locals like Double Plow, Lilith, No Man’s Band, Shoulder Voices, Throw the Temple and Weedrat.
Doors are at 7:00 p.m., and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. Sorry, youngsters, but this event’s strictly 21-plus. Cash-only tickets are $10 from Charley’s 33’s & CDs (7602 Menaul NE). You can also get ’em online via holdmyticket.com online, but service fees apply. All proceeds benefit UNM Cancer Center.
A date with Metalachi
For those about to rock, “Te saludamos.”
Daydreaming about an ’80s hesher-themed quinceañera? Wanna walk down the aisle to either Juan Gabriel or Poison? Metalachi — the self-proclaimed “World’s First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band” — may be just what you’re pining for. Engage the spectacle on Sunday, February 21st, at Launchpad (618 Central SW). Doors are at 7:00 p.m., and the fun starts at 8:00 p.m.
With an origin story straight outta a magical realist fiction anthology published by “Revolver” Magazine, Metalachi melds East L.A. and the Sunset Strip. The band takes two great genres and, like chocolate and peanut butter, finds they taste better mashed together. Think mariachi-styled covers of tunes by Slayer, Judas Priest, Metallica, AC/DC and others.
Respectively outfitted in sunglasses, bandanas and sombreros that are edged profusely — like salt on a margarita glass rim — with Christmas lights, Metalachi’s members are trumpeter El Cucuy (who could pass as a GWAR second-stringer), guitarron player Pancho Rockafeller and violinist Maximilian “Dirty” Sanchez.
Loud, profane and a helluva lot of fun, I’m honestly surprised that Robert Rodriguez hasn’t cast Metalachi as a background band in one of his films . . . yet. Tickets for this 21-plus gig are $15 at the door; save three bucks by purchasing in advance via holdmyticket.com.
M. Brianna Stallings writes so you don’t have to.
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