Music: The Great Barrier Reefs

Thanks to more readily available access to all types of music and, especially, the hybridization-friendly confines of the still-thriving “Jam band” scene, there aren’t many genre combinations th

click to enlarge The Great Barrier Reefs
The Great Barrier Reefs

Thanks to more readily available access to all types of music and, especially, the hybridization-friendly confines of the still-thriving “Jam band” scene, there aren’t many genre combinations that raise even an eyebrow these days. That’s especially true when the combination is done so well it just feels natural. 

Nashville, Tenn.’s The Great Barrier Reefs are an elastic, eclectic Jazz/Funk/Fusion group that takes influence from Hip Hop, Rock, Reggae and elsewhere. Certainly not unheard of, the quintet does have an unlikely element: It is fronted by the steelpan drums of leader Tony Hartman (he also plays keys). It works impossibly well together, resulting in a sound that has led critics to compare the band to Fusion heavyweights such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and John McLaughlin. The hard-touring outfit comes to Cincinnati Friday. 

Adding even more diversity to the sonic stew is opening act, local World Music/Fusion juggernaut Baoku & Image Afro-beat Band. 

9 p.m. Free. Stanley’s Pub, 323 Stanley Ave., Columbia Tusculum, facebook.com/stanleys.pub

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