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The Derek Trucks Band
32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon St.
Friday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m.
$17 advance, $20 day of show, 955-5664,
All ages

Monster truck fans won't necessarily be disappointed that The Derek Trucks Band isn't a monster truck band. Cuz if you're into improvisational world-blues-jazz-fusion-roots music and monster trucks you'll be able to enjoy at least one of your interests on Friday night at 32 Bleu. Named for their fearless blond be-ponytailed guitar leaders, Derek Trucks, the band comprises an eclectic assemblage of musicians including Trucks' lifelong friend Todd Smallie (guitar), Yonrico Scott (drums, percussion and vocals), Kofi Burbridge (flute and keyboard), and lead vocalist Mike Mattison. Though Trucks was originally known for being something of a blues prodigy, he's found what he was looking for in the eccentric clash of sounds for which his band is now known on albums like Joyful Noise (2002) and Out of the Madness (1998). Gentlemen, start your engines.

-- Noel Black

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