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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

  • Orpheum 216 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are kind of like your favorite quirky sitcom that the networks greenlit, then promptly did their damndest to bury: Only the most devoted and open-minded fans would be able to defend and explain all the permutations and retoolings it endured to survive. A once-tight Cleveland group that has spent decades succumbing to splintering, solo albums, offshoots, and inevitable and various configurations of reunions, Bone Thugs return here to perform 1995's E. 1999 Eternal in its entirety. Regardless of the changes the group has gone through, the one constant is that the name Bone Thugs is synonymous with a fast-paced sing-song delivery with an emphasis on melody and a splash of R&B. The group has mastered the ability to somehow sound menacing and somber at the same time, as the group has demonstrated on two recent singles, "Coming Home" and "Rolling Stone." While it wouldn't be far-fetched to hope to hear these and other new tracks, this show will focus on reminding people why they liked Bone Thugs in the first place and have followed them through all the twists and turns. If you're a newcomer: E. 1999 Eternal was the album that convinced critics that the group wasn't a one-hit wonder. Also, expect to be surprised that you recognize a lot of these songs. —David Wolinsky