Toubab Krewe

Toubab Krewe | Fox Theater | Boulder, CO | Review

They’re a posse of Asheville artists who play with the sort of spunk, meticulousness and joy that should be bottled and sold at some obscure roadside stand by a secret guru. The mystical, tribal and always fascinating Toubab Krewe have the ability to stir those emotions that you thought you may have lost, without singing a single phrase in any language.

Toubab Krewe NYE in Denver + Winter Tour!

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe is thrilled to be in Denver for NYE tonight at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Special guest Rayna Gellert (Uncle Earl) joins the band for the run on fiddle.


The band then heads east to play their first show of 2009 in New York at S.O.B's (1/8) to celebrate the wider release of their new album, Live at the Orange Peel. It'll be available on iTunes and other digital outlets starting 1/6, including a new bonus track recorded at our most recent Orange Peel performance.

The tour continues throughout the Southeast (more dates to be added soon). Joining the band on many of the dates will be their good friend Jar-E from Asheville.


12-31 Denver, CO           Cervantes'

      News Year's Revival: Panjea Feat Michael kang(SCI) and Chris Berry and the 50 Piece Panjoric Orchestra w/ DNALand feat Kyle Hollingsworth ; Rayna Gellert joins TK on fiddle

1-8   New York, NY         S.O.B.'s


1-17  Athens, GA           Georgia Theatre


1-20  Vienna, VA           Jammin' Java (Inauguration Party!)


1-21  Charlottesville, VA  Gravity Lounge


1-23  Virginia Beach, VA   Jewish Mother


1-24  Richmond, VA         Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall


2-6   Carrboro, NC         Cat's Cradle


2-7   Charlotte, NC        Neighborhood Theatre


2-14  Atlanta, GA          Smith's Olde Bar


The Grateful Web Interview with the Toubab Krewe

On November 13th, I was all set to see the Toubab Krewe play the B.Side Lounge in Boulder.  I headed downtown early, hoping to catch the band after sound check.  I'd been corresponding back and forth with their tour manager for a few weeks, and after agreeing to review the band's new album, Live at the Orange Peel (due to be released on Nov.

Toubab Krewe Fall Tour Dates!

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe is on tour now. Go check them out when they're in your neck-of-the-woods.

Toubab Krewe will have advance copies of their CD available exclusively at their merchandise table as we tour through November 29, when the album will be released at national outlets (CD release party TBA).









Tour Dates
DATE CITY VENUE Special Guests
10-9 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom  Umar Bin Hassan, Rayna Gellert, DJ Equal
10-10 Silk Hope, NC Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival Rayna Gellert
10-11 Horse Shoe Loki Festival  Rayna Gellert
10-14 Columbus, OH Scarlet & Gray Café  Rayna Gellert
10-15 Ann Arbor Ark   
10-16 Chicago, IL House of Blues Chicago   
10-18 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze   
10-21 Bozeman, MT Zebra Cocktail Lounge   
10-23 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern  DJ Equal
10-24 Eugene, OR W.O.W. Hall  DJ Equal
10-25 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge  DJ Equal
10-28 Arcata, CA Humboldt Brewery  DJ Equalv
10-31 San Francisco, CA Independent  co-bill with Albino
11-1 Petaluma, CA Mystic Theater  co-bill with Albino
11-2 Santa Cruz, CA Moe's Alley   
11-5 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up   
11-6 Los Angeles The Mint   
11-7 Las Vegas, NV Port Royal   
11-8 Tucson, AV Fox Tucson Theatre   
11-11 Santa Fe, NM College of Santa Fe   
11-13 Boulder, CO B Side Lounge   
11-14 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theater   
11-15 Denver, CO Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom  
11-19 Dallas, TX Granada Theater   
11-21 Austin, TX Stubbs Bar-B-Q   
11-22 New Orleans, LA Tipitina's Uptown   
11-29 TBA CD Release Show! (Venue TBA)  
12-3 Charleston, SC Music Farm   
12-4 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live   
12-5 Gainseville, FL Common Ground   
12-6 Tallahassee, FL Beta Bar   
12-7 Tampa, FL Skippers Smokehouse   
12/11-12/15 Runaway Bay, Jamaica Caribbean Holidaze 

Toubab Krewe Announce Live at the Orange Peel, Fall Tour

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe kicks off an extensive fall tour this week as they prepare to release their sophomore album, Live at the Orange Peel.  The new album captures their outstanding 2008 New Year's run at the Orange Peel in their hometown of Asheville, NC.


"We've been developing our material live, as we tour, so recording our second album on stage was a natural way for us to capture our creative energy," says guitarist Drew Heller. "Live performance allows unexpected moments to occur - audience and band energies interact in ways that can't be foreseen or simulated in a studio." 


All of the songs are previously unreleased and continue to blend American rock 'n' roll with the West African musical traditions the band fell in love with on their travels to Mali, Guinea and Ivory Coast. 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 release features collaborations with legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets and fiddler Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl. It was produced by Grammy winning producer Steven Heller, who also produced the band's debut CD.


Details on the album's release date and additional tour dates to be announced soon.


Tour Dates


Sept. 12 | Atlanta, GA | Smiths Olde Bar


Sept. 13 | Tampa, FL | Tampa Cuban Club (WMNF Birthday Party)


Sept. 14 | Gainesville, FL | Real Big Deal (Alachua County Fairgrounds)


Sept. 17 | Carrboro, NC | Cat's Cradle


Sept. 18 | Boone, NC | Legends at Appalachian State


Sept. 19 | Greenville, SC | Handlebar


Sept. 20 | Savannah, GA | Live Wire Music Hall


Sept. 25 | Falls Church, VA | State Theatre


Sept. 26 | Pittsburgh, PA | Club Café


Sept. 27 | Cleveland, OH | Beachland Ballroom


Sept. 28 | Toronto, ON | Small World Music Festival (Revival Bar)


Sept. 30 | Ithaca, NY | Castaways


October 1 | Northampton, MA | Iron Horse Music Hall


October 2 | Burlington, VT | Higher Ground


October 3 | Narragansett, RI | Wheel House


October 4 | Philadelphia, PA | North Star Bar


October 5 | Baltimore, MD | 8X10


October 7 | Harrisburg, PA | Appalachian Brewing Company


October 9 | New York, NY | Bowery Ballroom


October 10 | Silk Hope, NC | Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival 


October 11  | Horse Shoe, NC | Loki Festival at Deerfields 


October 14 | Columbus, OH | Scarlet Grey Café


October 15 | Ann Arbor, MI | Ark


October 16 | Chicago, IL | House of Blues 


October 18 | Minneapolis, MN | Cabooze


October 21 | Bozeman, MT | Zebra Cocktail Lounge


October 23 | Seattle, WA | Tractor Tavern


October 24 | Eugene, OR | W.O.W. Hall


October 25 | Portland, OR | Doug Fir Lounge


October 28 | Arcata, CA | Humboldt Brewery


October 31 | San Francisco, CA | Independent


November 1 | Petaluma, CA | Mystic Theater


November 2 | Santa Cruz, CA | Moe's Alley


November 6 | Los Angeles, CA | The Mint


November 8 | Tucson, AZ | Fox Tucson Theatre


November 11 | Santa Fe, NM | College of Santa Fe


November 13 | Boulder, CO | B Side Lounge


November 14 | Fort Collins, CO | Aggie Theatre


November 15 | Denver, CO | Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom


November 19 | Dallas, TX | Granada Theater


November 21 | Austin, TX | Stubbs Bar-B-Q


November 22 | New Orleans, LA | Tipitina's (With Hot 8 Brass Band)


December 3  | Charleston, SC | Music Farm

Toubab Krewe Summer Tour

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe hits the road this summer for a tour that takes the band from Alaska to Portugal, with many stops between. They kick things off this weekend at the Starscape Festival in Baltimore before playing dates throughout the Southeast.


The band will spend the July 4th holiday weekend playing several shows in Alaska before capping the U.S. part of the tour with a pair of shows in the Northeast, including a headlining performance at the Festivus for the Restivus in Cabot, VT, an annual festival organized by Toubab Krewe bassist David Pransky.


They will make their European debut at the Festival Músicas do Mundo in Sines, Portugal.


Joining the group for many of the Southeast shows will be special guest artist Rayna Gellert. A world renowned fiddle player best known as a member of Uncle Earl, Gellert is a long time friend and musical collaborator who recently joined the band during their spring tour. 


Summer Tour Dates


June 7 | Baltimore, MD | Starscape Festival

June 8 | Raleigh, NC | Lincoln Theatre (Supporting the Disco Biscuits)

June 11 | Wilmington, NC | Soapbox

June 12 | Charlotte, NC | Neighborhood Theatre 

(With special guests the Hackensaw Boys)

June 13 | Floyd, VA | Sun Music Hall

June 14 | Chattanooga, TN | Riverbend Festival 

(With special guest artist Rayna Gellert)

June 15 | Birmingham, AL | City Stages 

(With special guest artist Rayna Gellert) 

June 17 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL | Dive Bar

June 18 | Gainesville, FL | Market Street Pub

June 19 | Tallahassee, FL | Beta Bar

June 20 | St. Petersburg, FL | State Theatre

June 21 | Jacksonville Beach, FL | Freebird Live

June 26 | Athens, GA | Georgia Theatre

 June 27 | Asheville, NC | Vortex Music Festival (Asheville Civic Center)

(With special guest artist Rayna Gellert)

June 28 | Charleston, SC | Music Farm

(With special guest artist Rayna Gellert)

July 3-6 | Alaska | TBA

July 10 | Newark, NJ | New Jersey Performing Arts Center

July 12 | Cabot, VT |  Festivus for the Restivus

July 24 | Sines, Portugal  | Festival Músicas do Mundo

Toubab Krewe Spring Tour 2.0

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Toubab Krewe kicks off the second leg of its U.S. Spring Tour this weekend with shows in Seattle, WA and Portland, OR.  The tour continues from coast to coast, with new dates added throughout the country.


Joining Toubab Krewe onstage for much of its California run will be special guest artist Rayna Gellert on fiddle.  A world renowned fiddle player best known as a member of Uncle Earl, Gellert is a long time friend and musical collaborator who most recently played with the band during its New Year's Eve run in Asheville, NC. Her California guest appearances culminate with an April 18 show at 12 Galaxies in San Francisco as part of the national Green Apple Music Festival.


The tour continues throughout Southern California and the Southwest, where stops include the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Scottsdale, AZ, the House of Blues in Dallas, TX and Stubbs Bar-B-Q in Austin, TX. From there, the band heads to New Orleans for a run of shows during JazzFest, and then onward to the Northeast. 


Toubab Krewe's May 10 show in New York City has changed venues from the Highline Ballroom to the Blender Theater at Gramercy. This show will feature collaborations with legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan, known for his groundbreaking work with The Last Poets, Common, Tribe Called Quest, and many others.


Playing several more dates in the Northeast, the band closes things out at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT on May 16, a homecoming show for bassist and native Vermonter Dave Pransky. This summer the band plans to finish up its much anticipated new album with Grammy winning producer Steven Heller, as well as make its first tour of Europe (dates TBA).


Confirmed Dates:


April 11 | Seattle, WA | Tractor Tavern

April 12 | Portland, OR | Goodfoot Lounge

April 13 | Ashland, OR | Mobius

*April 15 | Arcata, CA | Humboldt Brews 

*April 16 | Santa Cruz, CA | Moe's Alley

*April 17 | Petaluma, CA | Mystic Theater

*April 18 | San Francisco, CA | 12 Galaxies (Green Apple Festival)

* With special guest artist Rayna Gellert (Uncle Earl) joining TK on fiddle!

April 24 | San Diego, CA | Winston's Beach Club

April 25 | Redondo, CA | Harvelle's

April 26 | Scottsdale, AZ | McDowell Mountain Music Festival

April 27 | Sedona, AZ | Future Studios

April 29 | Dallas, TX | House of Blues

April 30 | Austin, TX | Stubbs Bar-B-Q

May 3 | New Orleans, LA | Blue Nile (Backbeat Jazzfest Concert Series)

May 4 | New Orleans, LA | House of Blues 

(With special guests The Lee Boys opening).

May 9 | Charlottesville, VA | Satellite Ballroom

May 10 | New York, NY | Blender Theater at Gramercy

(With special guest Umar Bin Hassan (The Last Poets)).

May 13 | Narragansett, RI, | Wheel House

May 14 | Portland, ME | Empire Dine and Dance

May 15 | Newmarket, NH | Stone Church

May 16 | Burlington, VT | Higher Ground

Toubab Krewe Spring Tour Dates!

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe will hit the road for an extensive tour this spring, kicking things off this week at Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC on February 28. We've got lots of shows coming up throughout the Southeast, including a special two night run in Atlanta. From there, we head north and then onwards to the Midwest and Rocky Mountains, making music and celebrating in the snowy lands of the western high country. They will be confirming the second leg of the tour in a few weeks, with lots of dates on the West Coast and in the Northeast. Stay Tuned.

February 28, 9 p.m.
Cat's Cradle
Carrboro, NC

February 29, 9 p.m.
Georgia Theatre
Athens, GA

March 1, 9 p.m.
Visulite Theatre
Charlotte, NC

March 6, 10 p.m.
Jewish Mother
Virginia Beach, VA

March 7, 9 p.m.
Lincoln Theatre
Raleigh, NC

March 8, 9 p.m.
Wilmington, NC

March 12, 9 p.m.
Mercy Lounge
Nashville, TN

March 13, 9 p.m.
Smith's Olde Bar
Atlanta, GA

March 14, 9 p.m.
Smith's Olde Bar
Atlanta, GA

March 15, 10 p.m.
Beta Bar
Tallahasse, FL

March 19, 10 p.m.
State Theatre
Falls Church, VA

March 20, 10:30 p.m.
The 8 x 10
Baltimore, MD

March 21, 10:30 p.m.
Appalachian Brewing Company
Harrisburg, PA

March 22, 9 p.m.
Club Cafe
Pittsburgh, PA

March 26, 9 p.m.
Ann Arbor, MI

March 27, 10:30
Bluebird Nightclub
Bloomington, IN

March 28, 9 p.m.
Kinetic Playground
Chicago, IL

March 29, 9 p.m.
Minneapolis, MN

March 30, 9 p.m.
Lincoln, NE

April 2, 10:00 p.m.
Quixote's True Blue
Denver, CO

April 3, 10:00 p.m.
Quixote's True Blue
Denver, CO

April 4, 5:30 p.m.
KOTO End of Season Street Dance
Telluride, CO (Main St.)
(free show!)

April 5, 10:00 p.m.
Park City Playground
Park City, UT

April 6, 6:00 p.m.
Mangy Moose
Teton Village, WY

April 11, 9:30 p.m.
Tractor Tavern
Seattle, WA

April 12, 10:00 p.m.
Goodfoot Lounge
Portland, OR

April 26, 9 p.m.
McDowell Mountain Music Festival 
Scottsdale, AZ

Toubab Krewe 4 Night New Year's Run

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe will celebrate New Year's Eve '07 with four special performances: December 27 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, December 28 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, and December 30-31 at the Orange Peel in their hometown of Asheville, NC.

The run closes out an amazing year for the band, which has been credited with "setting a new standard for fusions of of rock 'n' roll and West African music" (Afropop Worlwide). They kicked off 2007 in Essakane, Mali, where they played the legendary Festival of the Desert, known as the most remote festival in the world. Extensive tours of the U.S. followed, with the band playing over 100 shows, including sets at premiere festivals such as Langerado, SxSW, Wakarusa, High Sierra, 10,000 Lakes,  Echo Project, Wall to Wall Guitar, and the Voodoo Music Experience. Along the way they played with luminaries such as John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Mike Gordon
(Phish), Lamine Soumano and Tinariwen.

The band is currently working on their sophomore album with Grammy winning producer Steven Heller, which is slated for release in March 2008. They launch into the new year with performances at Jamcruise, setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Roatan, Hunduras and Cozumel, Mexico on January 4. A national winter tour will follow, with dates TBA.

New Year's tour dates:

12.27 | New York, NY |  Bowery Ballroom (co-bill with Golem)
12.31 | Philadelphia, PA | World Cafe Live (co-bill with Golem)

12.31 | Asheville, NC | Orange Peel w/ special guests The Lee Boys
12.31 | Asheville, NC | Orange Peel w/ special guests Snake Oil Medicine Show

Toubab Krewe Fall Tour

Toubab Krewe - photo by A. Bell- for the Grateful Web

After spending much of August in the studio working on their next album, Toubab Krewe will hit the road for an extensive tour this fall. The band kicks things off on September 8 at the Trade Music Farm, a gorgeous outdoor venue in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. From there, they head to the Midwest for a run of club dates and performances at the Wall to Wall Guitar and Lotus music festivals.

The run continues with several shows in the Northeast, including a date at the Knitting Factory in New York City on October 6.  The band then turns south for sets at the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and The Echo Project in Atlanta, an innovative new festival integrating environmentally sustainable practices.

A highlight of the tour is a special Halloween run that takes Toubab Krewe from Magnolia Fest in Florida to the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans, where they will also play late night shows at the Maple Leaf and Howlin' Wolf. The band celebrates Halloween night back home in the Carolinas at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte. Toubab Krewe stays close to home in November, finishing out the tour with several shows in the Southeast.

2007 Fall Tour Dates:

09.08 | Trade, TN |Trade Music Farm
09.12 | St. Louis, MO | Lucas School House
09.13 | Urbana, IL | Wall to Wall Guitar Festival
09.14 | Chicago, IL | Double Door
09.15 | Columbus, OH | House of Crave
09.16 | Madison, WI | High Noon Saloon
09.17 | Milwaukee, WI | Shank Hall
09.19 | Ashland, WI | Northland College
09.20 | Minneapolis, MN | Cabooze
09.21 | Davenport, IA | Redstone Room
09.22 | Lawrence, KS | Bottleneck
09.24 | Ann Arbor, MI | The Ark
09.26 | Cleveland, OH | House of Blues
09.27 | Lafayette, IN | Lafayette Brew Co.
09.28 | Bloomington, IN | Lotus Music Festival
09.29 | Bloomington, IN | Lotus Music Festival
10.02 | Ithaca, NY | Castaways
10.04 | Northampton, MA | Pearl Street
10.05 | Burlington, VT | Higher Ground
10.06 | New York, NY | Knitting Factory w/ special guest DJ Equal
10.09 | Falls Church, VA | State Theatre
10.10 | Baltimore, MD | The 8X10
10.11 | Philadelphia , PA | World Café Live
10.12 | Silk Hope, NC | Shakori Hills Festival
10.13 | Atlanta, GA | The Echo Project
10.23 | Wilmington, NC | Soap Box Laundro-Lounge
10.24 | Charleston, SC | Pour House
10.25 | Live Oak, FL | Magnolia Fest
10.26 | New Orleans, LA | Voodoo Music Festival
10.26 | New Orleans, LA | Maple Leaf
10.27 | New Orleans, LA | Howlin' Wolf
10.31 | Charlotte, NC | Visulite Theater
11.02 | Greenville, SC | Handlebar
11.03 | Huntsville, AL | Crossroads
11.07 | Knoxville, TN | Blue Cats
11.08 | Boone, NC | Legends at Appalachian State
11.09 | Winston-Salem | Ziggy's
11.10 | Carrboro, NC | Cat's Cradle
11.15 | Athens, GA | Melting PT
11.16 | Atlanta, GA | Smith's Olde Bar