The New Mastersounds hails from England, but for anyone who’s come unstuck in time following a tangential bass line at a jazz club or used a stranger to mop the sweat off their face at a funk show, its sound is universal. Funk and jazz four piece New Mastersounds comes to Denver this weekend. If you do, mind where you put your jacket. Avenhart

Each semester, the University of Colorado at Denver’s CAM Records champions a local band to teach its students the hustle of putting on a concert. (Photo provided by the band)
New Mastersounds and Avenhart are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram. As its proved over the course of ten studio albums, the four-piece was made for the floor. The band will mark its first-ever EP with a release show at Lost Lake Lounge on March 16. Denver’s in particular: Not only is the band a regular mainstay around the city, but founding member and guitarist Eddie Roberts recently moved to town. Bonus: Every ticket comes with a physical copy of the EP. Catch the band at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on March 10 and 11. Tickets are $22-$25 via Frontwoman Andrea Pares commands a gorgeous folk bellow, not to mention a five-piece string section that sounds like a backwoods Appalachia equivalent of an orchestra pit. Double bonus: Tickets are just $10-$13 via New Mastersounds

Friday nights don’t have to be complicated, especially when there’s a world-renowned funk band in town. A heartwarming story, sure, but this year’s seldom-heard signee, Avenhart, would be worth seeing without it.