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CELTIC ROCK | Tempest 

The problem with Celtic rock bands is that they frequently run it into the red, horse it in to the boat, jump the shark ... you get what I mean. The rock side in bands like the Dropkick Murphy's or Flogging Molly seems to predominate. Not so with Tempest, a world-wise ensemble based in Oakland, though it sports Norwegians, Cubans, and Americans in its line-up. Founded in 1988, the band immediately separated itself from the Celtic horde by infusing its music with traditional European folk and progressive rock. Though that may come across like a heavy brew, live, Tempest leans toward the music's timeless joy and drive.

Tempest celebrates 25 years of making music Thursday, April 12, at Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point, 8 p.m., $10-$15,

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