Shalom, Salam, Mei-jan my friends,
After three months on the Bombino trail I am back in the USA! We've been on a grand voyage all across Europe and N. America and tomorrow our caravan heads west to kick off our adventure across the States. We start this weekend at the Gorge Amphitheatre with Dave Matthews & Co, followed by shows in San Francisco, New England, Brooklyn, the Midwest, Telluride and Taos, New Mexico. Come join the ride! Full tour schedule below and tickets available here. Read on to hear about the Tuareg trip and upcoming Moonshine festivity!
It's been a spiritual journey bringing these ancient rhythms and melody to life with my African brother, fusing the Saharan traditions with rock & roll and the color of our own story. The energy of the performance is electrifying! We've played for some amazing audiences who shook the walls of their old villages! One of the best parts has been meeting fellow Tuaregs along the way. They are so proud to see Bombino representing their tribe and sharing their culture and heritage with world. Often Bombino will break into a personal conversations with them during the show in Tamasheq, sometimes with thousands of people in the audience. It's a trip! Check out the live footage from Rouen, France.
Between the 50 concerts we played this summer, I found sometime to explore the incredible places we visited. Portugal was my favorite country we performed in followed closely by Italia. I found Portuguese and Italian to be very musical languages and the energy of the people, food and landscape were the greatest gifts. I got to ramble in the Alps before our show in Innsbruck, Austria. Holy mountains! Lifted my soul. I started to write a new song on the way up, then came across some roaming cattle, whose cowbells sounded like a Gamelan orchestra. The rhythm of the earth!
As the world struggles to find its sense of harmony, on our tour, I was reminded on a daily bases through the gracious people we met that humans are inherently good. I am forever grateful to all the warm and interesting folks I met along the way. Bombino's music has carried his people through war, rebellion, drought, and exile; you can feel this sense of history in the songs and then the rhythm hits you and you can't help but dance as your spirit climbs with the energy. It's a soul stirring experience! Come join the caravan.
Nomad USA Tour
8.30 – George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
8.31 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
9.3 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
9.4 – Rockland, ME – Strand Theatre
9.5 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
9.6 – Bethlehem, NH – Colonial Theatre
9.7 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
9.10 – Columbus, OH – Wexner Center for the Arts
9.11 – Chicago, IL – World Music Festival
9.12 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
9.13 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
9.14 – Taos, NM – Taos Mesa Brewing
THE HARVEST MOONSHINE!
Saturday, Sept. 27, 3-9pm – White Barn Farm, Wrentham, MA – Tickets
The Moonshine is a surreal concert and community experience that I started with my farming friends, Chris & Christy. Come celebrate the moment with local music, food, and movement. The show will feature Vermont folk-hero Bow Thayer and his band along with additional acts TBA soon. The afternoon begins with a pickin' party, picnic, and farm walk at 3pm. Instruments, spirits, friends, lovers, all welcome :)
Tickets only $15, children under 10 are free. All proceeds benefit White Barn Farm in effort to keep the land a sustainable green space.
Spread the word, spread the love, and see you out there!
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