Sidestepper will bring the contemporary tropical sounds of Colombia and the Caribbean to the UK in July 2016. The band will be playing tracks from their much-admired Supernatural Love album.
14 July – Larmer Tree Festival
15 July – Tropical Pressure Festival
17 July – Village Underground, London
17 July – Latitude Festival
20 July – The Welfare, Swansea
29 July – Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
30 July – WOMAD Festival
31 July – Port Eliot Festival
Acclaimed progressive folk band Le Vent du Nord, from Quebec, will be touring Ireland and the UK in the next months. Le Vent du Nord is currently promoting its new album titled Têtu (stubborn or obstinate).
On Têtu, Le Vent du Nord perform music rooted in Quebecois tradition combined with new musical ideas. The pieces fluctuate from stripped-down a cappella singing to complex arrangements, including the introduction of a string quartet.
Sunday, May 8 Baltimore Fiddle Fair 2016, Fiddle Fair Marquee, Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland
Tickets – See festival website for details
On Stage 9.00 p.m.
Monday, May 9
The Linenhall Arts centre, Linenhall St, Castlebar,Co Mayo, Ireland.
Tel: +353 94 902 3733 Tickets €16.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 10
Regional Cultural Centre, 46 Port Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Tel: +353 74 912 9186 Tickets €12.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.
French world music band Lo’Jo will be touring the United Sttes and Canada in April. The group will be promoting its most recording recording titled Cinema El Mundo.
2016 North American Tour
April 8 – Montreal, Maison de la Culture [Ahuntsic-Cartierville]
April 11 – Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
April 12 – Dirty Bourbon, Albuquerque, NM
April 15 – Stay Gold, Austin, TX
April 16 – Stay Gold, Austin, TX
April 23 – Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette, LA
April 24 – Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette, LA
Zimbabwean band Mokoomba returns to stages in the United States and Canada in March and April 2016 with brand new material in advance of its future album, Luyando.
Mokoomba garnered international critical praise for its 2012 album Rising Tide that presented the band’s distinctive mix of pan-African and global sounds, everything from soukous to ska and salsa, with the musical traditions of the Luvale, Nyanja, and Tonga peoples of western Zimbabwe.
Mokoomba 2016 North American Tour Dates:
World Music Institute Africa Now! Festival
The Apollo Theater, New York City, NY
The Acoustic Africa Tour returns to the United States of America with two of the finest live world music acts from Africa, Malian musician Habib Koite and South African vocalist Vusi Mahlasela. The tour begins Saturday, March 19, 2016 in San Francisco, California and will conclude on Sunday, April 17 in Somerville, Massachusetts. Acoustic Africa provides music fans a rare opportunity to experience their favorite African artists in intimate settings.
Vusi Mahlasela is known as ‘The Voice’ in South Africa, celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, positive lyrics. Raised in the Mamelodi Township, where he still resides, Vusi became a singer-songwriter and poet-activist at an early age teaching himself how to play guitar and later joining the Congress of South African Writers. After his popular album debut on BMG Africa, When You Come Back, Vusi was asked to perform at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994.
A modern singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist with extraordinary appeal, Habib Koité is one of the leading artist from West Africa. Habib Koité and his band Bamada became one of the first African artists to appear on Late Night with David Letterman, a popular TV comedy and variety show in the United States.
To date Habib Koité has sold over 250,000 albums, and he continues to build his profile through a very active calendar of tour dates. His discography includes Soo, Muso Ko, Afriki, Brothers in Bamako, Baro, Ma Ya and Foly Live Around the World.
Saturday, March 19 at Herbst Theater – San Francisco, CA
Sunday, March 20 at The Green Music Center – Rohnert Park, CA
Tuesday, March 22 at Cargo Concert Hall – Reno, NV
Thursday, March 24 at Fox Tuscon Theater – Tucson, AZ
Friday, March 25 at MIM Music Theater – Phoenix, AZ
Saturday, March 26 at Luckman Fine Arts Complex – Los Angeles, CA
Monday, March 28 at Kuumbwa Jazz Center – Santa Cruz, CA
Tuesday, March 29 at John Van Duzer Theatre – Arcata, CA
Thursday, March 31 at Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
Friday, April 01 at The Triple Door – Seattle, WA
Saturday, April 02 at The Triple Door – Seattle, WA
Tuesday, April 05 at Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday April 06 at Old Town School Of Folk Music – Chicago, IL
Friday, April 08 at McCain Auditorium – Manhattan, KS
Sunday, April 10 at Academy of Music – Northampton, MA
Wednesday, April 13 at The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium – New York, NY
Thursday, April 14 at Lisner Audtiorium (GW University) – Washington, DC
Friday, April 15 at Weis Center (Bucknell) – Lewisburg, PA
Saturday April 16 at Stewart Theater (NC State) – Raleigh, NC
Sunday, April 17 at Somerville Theater – Somerville, MA
MerleFest, the well-liked music festival founded by the legendary Doc Watson, will present a preview of this spring’s festival when MerleFest on the Road tours throughout the Southeastern United States during March. The tour will feature first-rate artists scheduled to perform at MerleFest 2016: Tellico, High Plains Jamboree and Zoe & Cloyd.
“The MerleFest on the Road performers provide a sampling of bluegrass and old-time artists scheduled to perform at MerleFest 2016,” said Steve Johnson, MerleFest artist relations manager. “It is important to remember that MerleFest cannot be defined by just one genre such as bluegrass or old-time. Doc Watson created the genre moniker of traditional-plus, ‘meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. Since the beginning, the people of the college and I have agreed that the music of MerleFest is ‘traditional plus’.’”
Tellico is based in in Asheville, North Carolina’s thriving roots music scene. The band is rooted in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic “Appalachiacana” sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. MerleFest fans know most of the band members from Dehlia Low. www.tellicoband.com
High Plains Jamboree is making its own jukebox memories, playing decades old favorites and original songs. With roots in Northern bluegrass and Southern troubadour country, these four veteran Austin, Texas, musicians bring a well-defined Texas flavor to this new string band’s writing and singing. www.highplainsjamboree.com
Zoe & Cloyd, a husband-wife duo from Asheville, combine a foundation in traditional bluegrass and old-time Appalachian music with a modern sensibility. They are known for their haunting mountain voices, instrumental prowess and songwriting. They have been making music together for ten years, including with MerleFest favorite Red June. www.zoeandcloyd.com
MerleFest 2016 will take place from April 28 to May 1 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, where the MerleFest on the Road artists will be joined by John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, The Steep Canyon Rangers and many others.
Thursday, March 3 – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, North Carolina
Friday, March 4, 2016 – Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, Virginia*
Saturday, March 5 – Willingham Theater – Yadkinville, North Carolina
Sunday, March 6 – The Willow Tree – Johnson City, Tennessee*
Wednesday, March 9 – “Tennessee Shines” at Boyd’s Jig and Reel – Knoxville, Tennessee*
Thursday, March 10 –The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art presented by the Blue Ridge Music Center – Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Friday, March 11 – Gaston County Museum – Dallas, North Carolina
Saturday, March 12 – Triad Acoustic Stage at the Carolina Theater – Greensboro, North Carolina
Sunday, March 13 – The Evening Muse -| Charlotte, North Carolina*
The Earls of Leicester have announced the February tour dates and the current Festival schedule. The group released the critically acclaimed traditional bluegrass album The Earls of Leicester (Rounder) in 2014.
February & Festival Dates
2/19 Johnson City, TN at ETSU’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium
2/20 Selby, NC at Malcolm Brown Auditorium with Del McCoury
2/26 Bellevue, WA at Wintergrass Festival
4/14 Driftwood, TX at Old Settler’s Music Festival
5/1 Indio, CA at Stagecoach Music Festival
5/26 Cumberland, MD at DelFest
6/3 Auburn, AL at Bluegrass On The Plains Festival
6/22 Owensboro, KY at ROMP Fest
7/14 Oak Hill, NY at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
9/15 Denton, NC at Dailey & Vincent Landfest
10/14 Framers Branch, TX at Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival
Toronto-Based band The Battle of Santiago will be showcasing at APAP next week. The group mixes classic Afro-Cuban Rhythms and vocals with Canadian post-rock.
Founded In 2011, The Battle of Santiago has evolved from experimental rock founded in Latin percussion to an Afro-Cuban post-rock ensemble.
The Battle of Santiago’s third album, La Migra (the immigration police) is set for release in 2016.
The Battle of Santiago APAP Showcases:
January 15, 2016 – 10:00 p.m. at DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY
January 16, 2016 – 8:00 p.m. at Hilton Hotel, Regency Room 1335 6th Avenue, New York, NY
January 16, 2016 – 10:00 p.m. at Nublu, 62 Avenue C, Between 4 & 5th, New York, NY
January 18, 2016 – 10:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
January 19, 2016 – Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, Millennium Stage, Washington, DC
January 20, 2016 – Bossa Bistro, 2463 18th St. NM, Washington, DC
January 21, 2016 – Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. New York, NY, 10030
January 22, 2016 – Arts Riot, 400 Pine St, Burlington, VT
Kantele innovator Vilma Timonen and her band, Vilma Timonen Quartet (VTQ), will be touring Nepal starting today. On January 7-9, VTQ will be playing a double bill along with Nepalese fusion band Kanta dAb dAb (The Journey to Nowhere Land).
The concerts will take place at venues in Kathmandu and Pokhora and they are organized by Nepal Music Center. There will also be workshops with students and teachers in Nepal Music Center. The tour is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and The Finnish Music Foundation (MES).
Vilma Timonen Quartet recently released an excellent album titled Drops.
Vilma Timonen Quartet tour in Nepal:
December 31, 2015 – Thursday, arrival jam at Curilo, Kathmandu
January 1, 2016 – Friday, gig in Attic, Kathmandu
January 2, 2016 – Saturday, Phat Kath, Pokhora
January 5, 2016 – Concert at Nepal Music Centre, Kathmandu
January 6, 2016 – International Club, Sanepa, Lalitpur
January 7-9, 2016 – Vilma Timonen Quartet and Kanta dAb dAb, Zero Mile
January 8, 2016. – Friday, House of Music, Kathmandu
January 9, 2016 – Saturday, gig/jam in Curilo, Kathmandu
Iconic Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Irakere, the seminal Afro-Cuban fusion band he founded in Havana with a North American tour. The final leg of the U.S. tour includes shows in New York, Boston, San Juan, Miami, Washington DC and Durham. Irakere revolutionized the jazz world with a groundbreaking fusion of Afro-Cuban ritual music, popular Afro-Cuban music styles, jazz and rock.
Chucho Valdés is touring with a ten-piece ensemble comprising his current band the Afro-Cuban Messengers expanded with three trumpets and two saxophones. Valdés repertoire showcases a colorful retrospective of his work during the past four decades. The program includes classics of Irakere´s repertoire such as “Misa Negra” “Estela Va A Estallar” (“Stella By Starlight”), ”Juana 1600,” and “Bacalao Con Pan,” as well as more recent compositions, originally performed with the Messengers, in new arrangements, such as “Yansa,” “Abdel” and “Lorena’s Tango.”
“In our first rehearsal of the old pieces with this band I cried,” says Chucho, who turned 74 on October 9. “When I decided to do a tribute to that marvelous band, I also decided I didn’t want to do it with the charter members but with players from the generations of musicians that grew up and learned from Irakere. I thought it would be more meaningful. It’s a tribute from one generation to another.”
Tues, Nov 10 – New York, NY, The Town Hall
Thurs, Nov 12 – Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center
Fri, Nov 13 -San Juan, PR, Centro de Bellas Artes
Sat,Nov 14 – Miami Beach, FL, Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
Sun, Nov 15 – Bethesda, MD, The Music Center at Strathmore
Mon,Nov 16 – Durham, NC, Duke Performances at Page Auditorium
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