I haven't been able to make it to any of these yet. It was a nice night and I was walking by when I heard the music and remembered it was Toubab Krewe. It was good and a lot of fun. I was glad to learn the previous night I can now dance and I had a good time with that. I appreciate Toubab more than I used to regarding their instrumentation and music. They have a kora from Mali, djembe, congas (I think), as well as guitar, sax, trombone and trumpet. I wanted to look them up and get more, but my computer is annoying slow ever since Time Warner sent me an email saying they now offer 3 different speeds. I think I need to switch providers.
I got the Latin portion of the repetoire and was happy with it. It's a good band.
Tuesday Evenings at 5:30pm (6/26 through 8/28) FREE ADMISSION, NO NEED TO BUY TICKETS!
Every Tuesday from June 26th to August 28th, Trinity Real Estate,
Great Performances and City Winery will host a free neighborhood
celebration of music, food, and wine. With its downtown location just
west of Soho, the Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival is a
uniquely urban summer festival for everyone from families and
visitors to the after-work crowd. The FREE series of concerts will
be held in the backyard of City Winery and features an eclectic mix
of musicians, food vendors, artists and full bar service.
All concerts for the Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival are held
in the space behind City Winery at 155 Varick Street btw Vandam and
Entry to the festival is from Spring Street, between Varick and Hudson, or from Vandam between Varick and Hudson.
Subway: Take the 1 Train to Houston. A,C,E to Spring Street.
212-608-0555 for additional info
MUSIC THIS WEEK: TOUBAB KREWE
Blending American and West African influences into a sound all its
own, "a new standard for fusions of rock 'n' roll and West African
music" (Afropop Worldwide).
Check out the weekly music lineup and festival details.
ABOUT TOUBAB KREWE
Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some
music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible
substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born
without a flag or fixed allegiance - free, questing, overflowing with
immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant
Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic
Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam
sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly
impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize
in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who
recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally
Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously
honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to
carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this
hard work can be heard on their scintillating new long-player, TK2,
being released September 7, 2010 on Nat Geo Music. What Justin Perkins
(Kora, Kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Teal Brown (drums, congas), Drew
Heller (guitar, piano, fiddle), David Pransky (bass, guitar), and Luke
Quaranta (Djembe, percussion) have wrought on TK2 reflects the many
miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their studio
"It's five years later since our last studio album, and we've
been doing almost nothing but playing together," says Drew Heller.
"We've had a lot of time to further our musical relationships. I feel
like this album was recorded at a really perfect time. The last track on
the new album is an improvisation that was the very first sounds
captured, and other things came out of that initial rush."
process of recording in the spirit and sifting for gold afterwards
mirrors the Beastie Boys approach during the creative peak that produced
Check Your Head and The In Sound From Way Out! Toubab Krewe exhibits a
similar take-no-prisoners singularity in their work.
This is a band
that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their
purview, something they've exhibited in their half decade of heavy
gigging, including regular appearances at major U.S. festivals like
Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Rothbury and Wakarusa, and abroad at such
legendary gatherings as Festival In The Desert in Mali. Their
globe-hopping propensity has made them an emerging headliner at their
hometown's famous Orange Peel and a familiar face as similar venues
throughout the country. Whether on their own or collaborating with
luminaries like the Last Poets' Umar Bin Hassan or Uncle Earl's Rayna
Gellert, Toubab Krewe has already earned the attention and respect of a
broad musical community.
Toubab carries echoes of African greats like
Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita, no doubt picked up
during the group's many visits to the Mother Continent to study and live
in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. What differentiates Toubab Krewe from
other Statesiders inspired by African music is how they innovate on what
they've learned, not simply recreating tradition but carving out a new
trail that honors the African originators they admire by making
something alive and contemporary that moves the line forward, something
that's easy to pick up on with TK2.
"We had a month and a half in the
studio, and we were able to relax and play, almost a smudging process
getting the energy in the right place," says Heller. "The time we had to
record this album was conducive to not worrying about anything and just
having fun, playing and getting into the creative process."
ragtime piano tinged opener "Mariama" to the percussion fueled, slide
guitar glide of "Gine Fare" to the subtle, inviting African echoes of
"Konkoba" to the hypnotic, psychedelic slow burn of "Holy Grail," TK2
reveals Toubab Krewe to be rare innovators in a modern age often too
ready to settle for more of what's been. Toubab Krewe is happily an
exception to this rule, and those willing to take the journey with them
are in for one hell of a cool, exciting ride.