TOUBAB KREWE & JOHN BROWN'S BODY
Visulite Theatre (16+ (Must have ID) - Under 16 with Parent Only)
Doors Open: 8:00 - Show Starts: 9:00
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, TK2, (September 7, 2010 on Nat Geo Music). What Justin Perkins (Kora, Kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Vic Stafford (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 debut.
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.
START TIME 10:30
JOHN BROWN'S BODY
-“brain-tweaking, body-rocking tracks.” - “JBB in Dub highlights the way John Brown’s Body spices its reggae with the sort of experimentation that is common in groove-rock or jazz.” - Boston Globe
“With JBB In Dub the group proves that years of hard touring has tightened them into a sheer reggae force.”
“JBB knows the roots of reggae. That’s why they can take it to the future.” “…the dub factor can’t go understated. The mixing is impeccable, and the bass n’ drums sound wonderful.” - Angelica Music
John Brown's Body's "Future Roots" uses reggae as a foundation, but incorporates dub, drum & bass, dancehall, hip hop and other musical explorations to create a sound both timeless and forward. However it's defined, people are buzzing about this progressive group from Boston and Ithaca, NY. The eight-piece band's explosive live show boasts super heavy rhythms, a three-piece horn section, air-tight drum and bass, and "the most gorgeous melodies in all of modern reggae music" (All Music Guide). JBB’s latest album Amplify (2008), debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Chart. Their new EP, JBB In Dub, will be released September 18th on Easy Star Records.
START TIME 9:00