Toubab Krewe w/AJ and the Jiggawatts
Rock ’n’ roll’s roots are long and deep — they extend through the blues and back to indigenous musics of West Africa. Toubab Krewe explores that legacy in depth on stages around the world. They may be frequent fliers on the festival circuit with a tendency to improvise, but hacky-sack noodlin’ is not on the menu: The Asheville-based quintet liquefies boundaries, adding proficiency on traditional Malian stringed instruments like the kora and the kamelengoni (tall harp- or lute-like instruments resembling a sitar played backwards) to the more familiar guitar, bass and drums, delivering polyrhythmic instrumental tunes that can swing loose and funky and tighten into a frothing, near-metal frenzy at the drop of a hat. Kicking off the party are A.J. and The Jiggawatts, who trend a little more toward JBs- and Isaac Hayes-inspired funk than most of their GED Soul labelmates. Fronted by singer and sometimes saxman A.J. Eason, the Jiggawatts are preparing via Kickstarter to release their first LP, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to last spring’s The Drop EP.
Fri, May 24 | 8:00 PM
Presale ($10.00) & Day of show ($12.00)