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Music minute: Dance with the Royal Rhythmaires

Posted 9:18am on Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2012

Fort Worth's the Royal Rhythmaires is, quite literally, a blast from the past. The sextet (vocalist Jai Malano, saxophonists Douglas Brown and Alex Hernandez, pianist Damian Sisca, bassist Ed Cannon and drummer Brendan Fenno) specializes in R&B from the '40s and '50s, bringing a timeless sound into the modern era with live shows that are raved about as nothing less than exuberant explosions of musical skill. The group has captured some of that pizzazz on its debut LP, Shuck and Jive, which was recorded live in the studio, and will be celebrated with a performance at 9 p.m. Saturday at Scat Jazz Lounge. Don't forget your dancin' shoes.

Despite Epic Ruins' Fort Worth pedigree, shows featuring the band are as rare as hen's teeth, simply because co-founder Jordan Richardson is based in Los Angeles, staying busy as Ben Harper's drummer, an increasingly in-demand DJ and producer and, if that wasn't enough, firing up a solo career as Son of Stan. Nevertheless, seize the opportunity to see Epic Ruins (which is working on its sophomore album) rip a psychedelic hole in the universe Thursday at Lola's Saloon. The Fort Worthians will share a bill with Washington, D.C.'s Dead Meadow and L.A.'s Strangers Family Band. Downbeat at 9 p.m.; tickets are $10 via prekindle.com, $13 at the door.

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