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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Toubab Krewe at The Kennedy Center

The Toubab Krewe have been busy. Since I wrote about them back in October, they appear to have been constantly touring. They brought in the new year at the famous Blue Note in NYC (supposable brought the house down) and later that day drove down to DC to perform at The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. As with all Millennium Stage performances, it was streamed (I was too slow to post about the show before it happened). Thankfully it has been archived (below).

The horizon is looking bright for these 5 Ashevillians (not quite - the bass player, Dave Pransky, is a Vermonter hailing from Cabot). They have once again been put on the Bonnaroo lineup. The word is that they will be moving from a minor stage/undesirable time-slot to a much larger stage and will be the only performance at that time. Potential audience of 25,000 people! Good for them.

Update: The buzz is officially here. Jambands.com has an interview with ex-Phish bassist Mike Gordon in their 2005 Year in Review section where he has the following to say about the Krewe:
Name one band you discovered (or rediscovered) in the past year?
I saw Toubab Krewe at a late night set at Bonnaroo and, then again, at Nectar’s in Burlington. I really like African music. Also, in Burlington, they had a djembe player sitting in with them from Africa—he was incredible.

Millennium Stage 1.1.06.mov (the music really kicks in after the opening 8 minute drum circle)
MySpace Page (four streaming songs)
August 26, 2005 concert via Archive.org


  • At 9:53 AM, Blogger =A= said…

    The phrase "The music really kicks in after the 8 minute drum circle" is the reason why I will never be able to fully appreciate The Krewe. I know, I know, it seems unfair to damn a band because of noodling but WWC ruined it for me. Imagine eating jello after drowning in a pool of it. It's impossible. And not because you are dead from drowning. Because of the jello overkill. Bad metaphor. Ironically, I am now noodling. And the music will never kick in. So who's a jerk now.

  • At 10:22 AM, Blogger jds said…

    I didn't want to write that line, but I had to. I knew flack was coming.

    I too am apprehensive when it comes to the jammie stuff (see previous posts). My interest in the Krewe's music is definitely affected by my personal connection to the players, but I do think they are good at what they do and I can't deny the fact that I enjoy their sound.

    Perhaps I just can't get enough elephant toenail.

  • At 10:54 AM, Blogger K. said…

    I love their sound I just wish I could say the same for the name.

  • At 4:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    have you seen them live? enough to change the minds of any doubters or naysayers. comparing them to a hippie drum circle is an insult. comparing them to a jamband isn't even right. these guys are the real deal. they've got nothing but raw talent and a sound you've never heard before. i challenge any doubters, fence-sitters or indiffernt parties to attend a show, the music will win you over and quickly turn you into a toubab recruit; and you'll even start liking the band name.


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