Songhoy Blues

with Elektric Voodoo

Wed Oct 18

Songhoy Blues

with Elektric Voodoo

Doors: 7:00 pm
Start: 8:00 pm
Age: Ages 21+ Only

Bamako-based desert rock four-piece formed out of frustration at the political and civil unrest in Mali.

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Genre: desert blues

Ticket Price: $18 advanced / $20 day of show / $32 reserved seating

Songhoy Blues

Produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K‚naan), “MUSIC IN EXILE” marks the arrival of a powerful and truly unique new band. Though their music bears elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, at its heart is Songhoy Blues‚ deep attachment to the homegrown songs and dances of Mali‚s Songhoy people as well as such iconic West African guitar heroes as Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré. Songs like “Irganda” and “Al Hassidi Terei” see Songhoy Blues blending the traditional and the modern, the homegrown and the foreign, the youthful and the ancient.
“ This resulting debut is a masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar licks with Malian grooves”
“MUSIC IN EXILE” has already begun accruing early rave reviews, with The Guardian hailing it as “Talking Heads funky… growlingly bluesy… contemplative and hypnotic… A triumph,” while Mojo wrote in its 4 star review that, “Songhoy Blues‚ desert R&B is incredibly rousing and intense…conjuring a freedom and thrilling abandonment in its hypnotic shuffle boogie and punky blues rocks riffs.” NME wrote, “This resulting debut is a masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar licks with Malian groove. ’Soubour‚ wouldn‚t sound out of place on a Black Keys record…”

Elektric VooDoo

Elektric Voodoo is a "World Beat Rock & Roll" band from southern California that blends
classic afrobeat, latin, rock & roll, psych, jazz, blues and many other influences into it's own
unique genre that tastefully straddles the line between modern and vintage.
The band started when Scott Tournet (founding member of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals)
started writing new material after leaving the Nocturnals. "Musically I wanted to try something a
little different than what I'd done before. I wanted to make music with an undeniable rhythmic
pulse but I really didn't want to make computer driven dance music as these past few years that
seems to be much of what I hear." To accomplish that, Tournet tapped into the rhythms of west
Africa, Latin, and World music for inspiration. What came out the other side though was not just
a world music project.
Tournet's old band, The Nocturnals, had a quite a successful career which saw them write,
record, and perform with The Allman Brothers, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Taj Mahal, Dan
Auerbach (The Black Keys), Robert Plant, Mavis Staples, Bob Weir, and many more. Through
these experiences Tournet became schooled in song craft, soul, pop, blues, and classic rock &
roll. So when he began writing songs to go on top of these powerful world rhythms
the influences from his past shone through. What the listener is left with is a very unique sound
that while immediately is very danceable, also offers innovation, song craft, and melody.
Elektric Voodoo is a band that can excite and exhaust a Saturday night audience while also
engaging and challenging more focused listeners.
Rounding out this powerful 7 piece ensemble with Tournet (vocals, guitar, harmonica) is Matt
Bozzone (drums/percussion), Ty Kiernan (congas, timbales, percussion), Travis Klien (tenor
sax, keyboards, percussion), Brad Nash (baritone sax, percussion) Willie Fleming (trombone,
vocals, percussion), and Luke Henning (bass).

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