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J-5 comes alive

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Vail Daily/Shane MacomberJurassic 5 performs last June at the Ford Amphitheater during the Teva Mountain Games in Vail. The hip hop group will play Copper Mountain Saturday at 4:30 p.m. as part of the Gravity Games.

Chali 2na, MC for Jurassic 5, says it’s a phenomenon he could not have anticipated when he started rapping: “The skater, surfer community – a lot of them cats like listening to us. I’m not sure why, but I appreciate it.”That fact led Gravity Games promoters to seek out Jurassic 5 for a free performance tomorrow afternoon at the Burning Stones Plaza at the Village at Copper. Indie-punk rockers The Walkmen open, taking the stage at 2 p.m.; J-5 follows at 4:30 p.m.

This isn’t Jurassic 5’s first gig that’s timed to coincide with an extreme sports competition. Last summer, the crew that formed in 1993 played at Vail’s Teva Mountain Games. But that show wasn’t free.They’re Old School, no question, but stylistically anything’s fair game on a Jurassic album. “We’re trying to embody hip-hop the way we heard it and the way we were introduced to it when we were kids,” 2na (pronounced like the fish) says.

While they’re mostly beats and rhymes, Jurassic’s last studio album, Power in Numbers (2002), touts a variety of soulful influences. “Thin Line,” featuring Nelly Furtado, is a poppy excursion into friendship and love charted by a recurring, folky guitar riff. “I am somebody” features a real funky groove, a fun-loving chorus, and the progressive, positive, celebratory lyrics for which J-5 is known.

2na has his own perspective on why the band is able to cram so many diverse sounds into its albums and tunes: “I like to think of us as like a cool, little chemistry experiment that was put into a Petri dish and was all combined to make something amazing. What’s that word where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole? Yea, a synergy.””We try to appeal to your five senses – our ethic is show.”

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