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Gangstagrass heads to Buffalo Iron Works

Those who spent the last six seasons watching Timothy Olyphant as Elmore Leonard-conceived U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in the FX drama “Justified” might be familiar with the hip-hop banjo thump of the show’s theme, “Long Hard Times To Come.”

And if you’ve bopped along with that beat, you’re familiar with its creators, Gangstagrass, who’ll bring its unique fusion of bluegrass and rap into Buffalo Iron Works for a set at 9 p.m. Saturday. Since forming in 2006, the Brooklyn-born collective has carved out its own niche genre for fans who like a little Kanye West with their Waylon Jennings.

But after receiving an Emmy nomination for its work on “Justified,” exposure and acclaim had increased even before the release of its fourth album, “American Music,” last April. Critically lauded while reaching No. 5 on the bluegrass charts, the effort is an updated encapsulation of what inventive creations the band can offer, as well as a testament to how seemingly disparate genres can intermingle inside music’s ever-shifting melting pot.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door (

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