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7 p.m. Thursday, June 3. The City Museum, 701 North 15th Street.



Fishbone formed in Los Angeles over 30 years ago. A seminal influence on the early wave of bands that fused together ska and reggae with other disparate genres, the band first struck gold with the single "Party at Ground Zero." As its career progressed, the band added heavy-metal guitars, punk edginess and soul-funk grooves to its sound, while largely avoiding the horrendous results common when bands mash genres together. Even though Fishbone's more recent albums (such as 2000's Fishbone and the Familyhood Nextperience Present: The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx) have been less than successful on a commercial level, the band remains a well-oiled machine in concert. Plus, is there a more perfectly designed arena for Fishbone's eclectic spirit than the hodgepodge of artistic exuberance that is the City Museum?