Blending American and West African influences into a sound all its own, Toubab Krewe has set "a new standard for fusions of rock 'n' roll and West African music" (Afropop Worldwide).

Since forming in 2005, the magnetic instrumental quintet has won a diverse and devoted following at performances everywhere from Bonnaroo to the legendary Festival of the Desert in Essakane, Mali, the most remote festival in the world. The band developed their unique sound over the course of numerous extended trips to Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast, where they immersed themselves in the local culture and studied and performed with luminaries.

But the group has its roots in Asheville, NC, where many of its members were childhood friends and long-term musical collaborators. It was at home in the Appalachians, where the band recorded their sophomore album, Live at the Orange Peel.

Produced by Grammy winning producer Steven Heller (who also produced the band's debut), the new album captures their 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 release features col- laborations with legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets and fiddler Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl.

Ghost Owl (Members Of PGroove)

All three members of Ghost Owl met and worked together for over a decade in the band Perpetual Groove. When the decision was made to go on an indefinite hiatus from Perpetual Groove, Ghost Owl was born. Ghost Owl is a completely different kind of band than their former endeavor. The band is one born from collaboration with several different artists from Athens, GA. This includes Music, Visual Art, Technology, and Production. Ghost Owl will begin extensive touring in Spring 2013.

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Toubab Krewe, Ghost Owl (Members Of PGroove) @ Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge MA with Federator No1

Saturday, May 11 · Doors 8:00 PM at Middle East Downstairs