It’s difficult to categorize Stew and his band the Negro Problem — primarily a collaboration with performer and composer Heidi Rodewald, but featuring a rotating cast of musicians. While you’ll find their critically acclaimed albums stocked at a record store alongside any typical R&B disc, their sound is actually a bit more on the psychedelic side. The duo has been called everything from cabaret to funk to ’60s pop. Stew himself uses “Afro-baroque.” They’ve even written a Broadway musical—Passing Strange, starring Seattle transplant Daniel Breaker—which earned them seven Tony nominations and the admiration of Spike Lee. Put simply: they make damn fine music, and their live shows are theater unto themselves.

Stew and the Negro Problem swing through Seattle this weekend as part of their first national tour in six years. Head to the Triple Door to experience their curious combo of rock and theater.

Stew and the Negro Problem play Nov 5 & 6 at 8 at the Triple Door. Tickets are $25-$30.

(In this clip: a preview of their upcoming Chicago show.)

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