Toubab Krewe

Toubab Krewe Brings Down The Bluebird

What happens when you take little pieces of bluegrass, surf rock, Afro-pop, Spanish flamenco, hip-hop, and blues, and then shake them up in the “Boggle cube” of these North Carolina based artists?  Well, you’ll get ONE of The Toubab Krewe’s songs.  Shake it again, and these same pieces of musical inspiration will form a totally different song, while retaining their distinctive sound.  This outside-the-box approach, combined with creative song writing and a slew of skillfully played instruments, has given them a rep

See Toubab Krewe at their OWN Festival!

Toubab Krewe is throwing a festival and they want YOU there!  David Pransky, bassist for TK, started Manifestivus on his family's land in Cabot, VT 9 years ago. And this year, he's sending a special invitation out to YOU to join him and the rest of TK for an amazing 2 days of music, culture and dancing.

B.O.M.B. Fest Full Two-Day Lineup Revealed!

With the third annual festival on the horizon, B.O.M.B. Fest is proud to announce it’s the full line up and two-day schedule HERE for the Memorial Day Weekend event (Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th) at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT.

Toubab Krewe Co-Headlining Tour with John Brown's Body!

On March 11th, progressive reggae band John Brown's Body and West African-influenced quintet Toubab Krewe kick off a 13-city co-headlining U.S. tour. The tour begins in Brooklyn, NY, and ends in Solana Beach, CA.

Each group has achieved mainstream success by performing their own forward-thinking approach to traditional roots styles, John Brown's Body with reggae and Toubab Krewe with West African music.

In recent years both groups' music has spread like a grassroots wildfire to the farthest corners of the world. While Toubab Krewe performed in Mali and Portugal, John Brown's Body completed first-ever tours of New Zealand and the UK in late 2009.

This month, the musicians were re-introduced aboard Jam Cruise -- the celebrated, floating music festival in the Caribbean. Returning from stops in Jamaica and Grand Cayman Island, the bands met up during an all-artist basketball tournament (neither advanced past the first round). Despite a disappointing showing on the court, they spent the night catching up and watching each other perform as the ship sailed out to sea.

The upcoming tour will build on the friendly vibe forged in far away places, where the bands found common ground.

John Brown's Body & Toubab Krewe Co-Headlining U.S. Tour Dates:

March 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
March 12 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways
April 03 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
April 04 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
April 05 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
April 08 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
April 09 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
April 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
April 16 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
April 17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
April 19 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
April 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre
April 21 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

Complete Toubab Krewe Tour Dates (*Indicates co-bill with JBB):

February 4 - Boone, NC - Legends at Appalachian State

February 5 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

February 6 - Charleston, SC - Pour House

February 12 - Richmond, VA - The National

February 13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

February 18 - Knoxville, TN - Cider House

February 19 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco

February 20 - Nashville, TN - Exit In

February 25 - Greenville, SC - Handlebar

February 26 - Wilmington, NC – Soapbox

February 27 - Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre

*March 11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

*March 12 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways

March 13 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground

March 16 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

March 17 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe

March 18 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre

March 19 - Harrisburg, PA - Abbey Bar

March 20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Note

March 24 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall

March 25 - Allston, MA - Harper’s Ferry

March 26 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place

March 27 - Providence, RI | Jerky's Live Music Hall

*April 3 - Chicago, IL - Double Door

*April 4 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

*April 5 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

*April 8 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre

*April 9 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre

*April 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

*April 16 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern

*April 17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

*April 19 - San Francisco – Independent

*April 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre

*April 21 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

April 27 - Austin, TX – Stubbs

Toubab Krewe | The Jefferson Theatre | Review

While Phish was ending its musically-epic fall tour at John Paul Jones Arena, in Charlottesville, and while the world was being introduced to The Naked Guy, a new music venue prepared to greet guests for the ‘Official Phish Aftershow, with Toubab Krewe.”

Upcoming Toubab Krewe Dates

Toubab Krewe is in the midst of a massive fall tour that's currently bringing us down the beautiful Pacific Coast to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA. Thanks so much to everyone who's come out as we've made our way out west!

From S.F., Toubab continues their tour throughout the Southwest, playing the Joshua Tree Music Festival before making our way through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and New Orleans.

The second leg of the tour includes a special three night Halloween run in the Carolinas (Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC, Chapel Hill, NC) and several dates in the Northeast. Toubab Krewe also happy to announce that the tour will come full circle with a two night New Year's Eve celebration at home in Asheville at the Orange Peel, where we recorded our last album.

Along the way, Toubab Krewe is sure to play lots of the new songs we've been developing over the last several weeks in the studio as we work on our next album. Hopefully more details on that coming soon.

See you on the road!

October 8         San Francisco, CA        Great American Music Hall

October 10      Joshua Tree, CA          Joshua Tree Music Festival

October 13      San Diego, CA            Winston's Beach Club

October 14      Tucson, AZ                Plush

 

October 15      Tempe, AZ              Sail Inn

October 16      Flagstaff, AZ            Green Room

October 17      Santa Fe, NM          Santa Fe Brewing Company

October 22      Austin, TX               Flamingo Cantina

October 23      Houston, TX            Last Concert Cafe

October 24      New Orleans, LA        Blue Nile

 

October 29      Charleston, SC            Poor House

 

October 30      Charlotte, NC            Neighborhood Theatre

October 31      Carrboro, NC           Cat's Cradle

November 12-13   Live Oak, FL       Bear Creek Music and Art Festival

November 19     New York, NY           Santos Party House

 

November 20    Cambridge, MA          Middle East Nightclub

November 21     Philadelphia, PA         North Star Bar

December 30-31    Asheville, NC          Orange Peel

1/3/10-1/8/10   Caribbean Ocean via Fort Lauderdale, FL     Jam Cruise

Toubab Krewe Announce Fall Tour

Toubab Krewe rides a wave of momentum from epic performances at this summer's best festivals into a huge national fall tour in support of their latest release, Live at the Orange Peel. The band kicks-off the tour this week in Boone, NC before embarking on a cross-country trek that will bring it to premiere venues across the Rockies and West Coast, including the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA, and the Joshua Tree Music Festival in Joshua Tree, CA.

 

toubabThe second leg of the tour includes a special three night Halloween run in the Carolinas (Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC, Chapel Hill, NC) and several dates in the Northeast. The band then comes full circle to celebrate New Year's Eve at home in Asheville with a two night stand at the Orange Peel, where they recorded their last album.

 

The tour follows a summer that saw the band play monumental shows at Bonnaroo, ROTHBURY, and Festivus, a festival organized by Toubab Krewe bassist Dave Pransky that National Geographic called one of this year's best festivals. In keeping with the band's tradition of collaborating with luminaries, they joined The Dead during their headlining set at ROTHBURY, and toured with Jamaican legend Earl "Chinna" Smith. The band's collaborative new single "Fire," recorded at Chinna's home-studio in Kingston, continues to be added to radio playlists across the country.

 

Upcoming Fall Tour Dates:

September 17 | Boone, NC | Legends at Appalachian State

September 18 | Knoxville, TN | Cider House

September 19 | Nashville, TN | Exit/In

September 20 | Memphis, TN | Levitt Shell

September 21 | St. Louis, MO | Off Broadway

September 22 | Kansas City, MO | Crosstown Station

September 23 | Lincoln, NE | Bourbon Theatre

September 24 | Boulder, CO | Fox Theatre

September 25 | Fort Collins, CO | Aggie Theatre

September 26 | Denver, CO | Cervantes

September 29 | Portland, OR | Doug Fir Lounge

September 30 | Seattle, WA | Tractor Tavern

October 2 | Eugene, OR | WOW Hall

October 3 | Arcata, CA | Humboldt Brewery

October 8 | San Francisco, CA | Great American Music Hall

October 10 | Joshua Tree, CA | Joshua Tree Music Festival

October 13 | San Diego, CA | Winston's Beach Club

October 14 | Tucson, AZ | Plush

October 15 | Tempe, AZ | Sail Inn

October 16 | Flagstaff, AZ | Green Room

October 17 | Santa Fe, NM | Santa Fe Brewing Company

October 22 | Austin, TX | Flamingo Cantina

October 23 | Houston, TX | Last Concert Cafe

October 24 | New Orleans, LA | Blue Nile

October 29 | Charleston, SC | Poor House

October 30 | Charlotte, NC | Neighborhood Theatre

October 31 | Carrboro, NC | Cat's Cradle

November 12-13 | Live Oak, FL (Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park) | Bear Creek Music and Art Festival

November 19 | New York, NY | Santos Party House

November 20 | Cambridge, MA | Middle East Nightclub

November 21 | Cambridge, MA | Middle East Nightclub

December 30-31 | Asheville, NC | Orange Peel

January 3-8, 2010 | Ft. Lauderdale, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Caribbean Ocean | Jam Cruise

 

Toubab Krewe | Richmond, VA | 6/26/09 | Review

Truly integrating two disparate musical genres into a third doesn’t occur all that often.  And when it does, it’s often lopsided in favor of one genre – over another.  It’s unbalanced, and noticeably so.  But when an organic musical marriage does happen, it can be like dynamite.  Happily, such is the case for Asheville, North Carolina’s Toubab Krewe.

Toubab Krewe Summer Tour!

Toubab Krewe will hit the road this summer for a tour in support of their new album, Live at the Orange Peel, released nationwide on April 7 on Upstream Records/ADA. The tour kicks-off this week at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh and includes performances at some of the biggest and best festivals in the U.S., including Bonnaroo (June 11-14) and ROTHBURY (July 2-5).

toubabThis year will mark Toubab Krewe’s third performance at Bonnaroo, their first since 2006 (Video of that performance is online). Video of this year’s performance will be streamed at www.music.att.net (June 12; 12:30-1:30 P.M. EST).

Toubab Krewe will also headline two nights at the Festivus for the Restivus (July 17-19), an annual festival thrown by Toubab Krewe bassist Dave Pransky on his family’s farm in Cabot, VT. Other performers at Festivus include Malian superstar Oumou Sangare, Midnite, Barrington Levy and Black Sheep.

Joining Toubab Krewe at Festivus and at select summer tour dates will be legendary Jamaican guitarist Earl “China” Smith. Perhaps the most sought after lead guitarist in reggae, Smith has performed and recorded with everyone from Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and Burning Spear to more recent pop icons like Lauren Hill, Erykah Badu and Joss Stone. Toubab Krewe recently joined Smith at his home studio in Kingston, where they collaborated on several as-yet unreleased recordings. On his first tour of the U.S. with Toubab Krewe, Smith will join the band on-stage for what are sure to be special collaborations, infusing his diverse talents and influences into Toubab Krewe’s already unique blend of styles.

About Live at the Orange Peel:

Toubab Krewe’s new album has won wide acclaim since its release in April. Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Steven Heller, Live at the Orange Peel captures the band’s outstanding 2007-2008 New Year's run. All of the songs are previously unreleased and continue to mix American rock with the West African musical traditions the band fell in love with on their travels. Along the way, they explore the worlds of surf and zydeco, fusing it all together into what the Village Voice describes as "a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy" and Honest Tune hails as "one of the most innovative voices in music today." The new album features collaborations with legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets and fiddler Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl.  

 
Summer Tour Dates

June 10 | Pittsburgh, PA | Three Rivers Arts Festival

www.artsfestival.net 

June 11-14 | Manchester, TN | Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

w/ special guest Rayna Gellert on fiddle

www.bonnaroo.com  

June 18 | Knoxville, TN | Sundown in the City

www.sundowninthecity.com 

June 18 | Knoxville, TN | Square Room (Sundown in the City After Party)

www.thesquareroom.com 

toubabJune 19 | Greenville, SC | Gott Rocks

www.gottrocks.com 

June 20 | Raleigh, NC | North Carolina Museum of Art

www.ncartmuseum.org 

June 26 | Richmond, VA | Brown's Island (Friday Cheers Series)

www.brownsisland.com 

July 2-5  | Rothbury, MI | ROTHBURY Festival

www.rothburyfestival.com 

July 15  | New York, NY | Rocks OFF! Concert Cruise

w/ special guest Earl "Chinna" Smith

www.rocksoffnyc.com/concertcruise 

July 17-18 | Cabot, VT | Festivus for the Restivus (The Manifestivus)

w/ special guest Earl "Chinna" Smith

www.manifestivus.com  

July 24-25  | Floyd, VA | Floyd Festival

w/ special guest Earl "Chinna" Smith

www.floydfestival.com 

July 31-Aug. 1 | Atlanta, GA | Smith's Olde Bar

w/ special guest Earl "Chinna" Smith

www.smithsoldebar.com 

August 7 | Bozeman, MT| Sweet Pea Festival

www.sweetpeafestival.org   

August 13  | Gore, VA | Camp Barefoot

www.campbarefoot.org 

August 14 | Greensburg, PA | Summer Sounds Concerts in the Park

www.summersounds.com 

August 21-22 | Greensboro, NC | Blind Tiger

www.blindtigeralehouse.com.com

Upcoming Toubab Krewe Dates

TOUR DATES
DATE CITY VENUE Special Guests
4-24 Asheville, NC 'Mooged Out' at MoDaddy's to benefit the Bob Moog Foundation  
4-24 Asheville, NC Orange Peel Jar-e and DJ Chalice
4-25 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre Floating Action
4-29 Savannah, GA Live Wire Music Hall  
4-30 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre  
5-2 New Orleans, LA Blue Nile  
5-5 Austin, TX Stubbs  
5-7 Denver, CO Owsley's  
5-13 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck  
5-14 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews  
5-19 Menomonie, WI Waterfront Bar & Grill  
5-20 Milwaukee, WI Miramar Theatre  
5/21-5/22 Chillicothe, IL Summer Camp Festival  
5-23 Pataskala, OH (Note: the venue has changed to the Frontier Ranch Music Center) Hookahville Festival  
5-26 Washington D.C. Global Health Conference  
6-10 Pittsburgh, PA Three Rivers Arts Festival  
6/11-6/14 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival  
6-18 Knoxville, TN Sundown in the City  
6-18 Knoxville, TN Square Room (Sundown in the City After Party)  
6-19 Greenville, SC Gott Rocks  
6-20 Raleigh, NC North Carolina Museum of Art  
6-26 Richmond, VA Brown's Island  
7/2-7/5 Rothbury, MI ROTHBURY Festival  
7-15 New York, NY Rocks OFF! Concert Cruise  
7/17-7/18 Cabot, VT Festivus for the Restivus  
7/24-7/25 Floyd, VA Floyd Festival  
7/31-8/1 Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar