Toubab Krewe

Zero Mile Presents

Toubab Krewe

Eastern Standard

Wed · February 6, 2019

9:00 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

Toubab Krewe
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 switched-on sound.

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 latest release, STYLO, (March 2nd, 2018). What Justin Perkins (kora, kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Terrence Houston (drumset), Drew Heller (guitar, organ), Justin Kimmel (bass, keys), and Luke Quaranta (djembe, dunun, sangban, kenkeni, kryn, karenye) have wrought on STYLO reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their last studio album, TK2.

This is a band that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their purview, something they've exhibited in their decade and a half of heavy gigging, including regular appearances at major U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Hulaween, and abroad at such legendary gatherings as the Festival In The Desert in Essakane, Mali, Shanghai World Music Festival, and Jam Cruise. Whether on their own or collaborating with luminaries like the Last Poets' Umar Bin Hassan, Uncle Earl's Rayna Gellert, or Weedie Braimah, 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 travels to study and live in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. But what truly differentiates Toubab Krewe from other Statesiders inspired by African music is how they innovate on what they've learned instead of simply recreating tradition. Toubab Krewe carves out a new trail honoring the African originators they admire by making something alive and contemporary.
Eastern Standard
Eastern Standard
Eastern Standard has been continually progressing in their development of a truly unique form of Roots- Rock- Reggae. Part of the appeal of E. S. is their distinct ability to incorporate diverse musical influences into a style of original Reggae that never strays from the roots. Even audiences that may not be familiar with the Reggae genre find themselves engaged in the energetic and exotic sound. Unlike so many bands of today, E . S. has never been content to be a generic reggae band or afraid to take chances and explore uncharted musical territory. Attaining the elusive balance of classic and contemporary, rough and smooth - heavy and light, E. S. has that rare quality of versatility that enables them to be at once innovative and accessible. The lyrical themes are always conscious and inspiring. Collective chemistry and camaraderie which the band exemplifies are part of their intangible arsenal of appeal. Eastern Standard has devoted itself to becoming a consummate concert band, making each show a musical experience and taking each fan on a sonic journey. If you must categorize the group, place E. S. in the category of heavyweight contenders in a globalized world where musical borders and marketing barriers are being broken daily. Their original compositions exude a rich character that qualifies it as a legacy worthy of recognition and longevity. In a world of imitators the innovators and trailblazers always stand apart from the pack.
Venue Information:
Aisle 5
1123 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30307
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