Toubab Krewe with John Brown’s Body The Visulite Theatre Charlotte, NC November 27, 2012
African roots reggae music fans received quite a cultural earful on Tuesday, November 27 at the Visulite theatre in Charlotte, NC. The night proved well worth the $17 admission price as two bands â€“ John Brownâ€™s Body and Toubab Krewe â€“ kicked off their â€œHoliday Tourâ€ which will lead them down the east coast into Florida.
Dub and reggae sounds were pumping as John Brownâ€™s Body started the night shortly after 9 pm. It was immediately clear that this JBB’s collective, performing for the very first time in the busy Charlotte music market, was passionate about their craft. The band used reggae as a foundation, but had a rock, funk, and a soul vibe.
JBB was lead by singer Elliot Martin, who glided across the stage, swaying his long dreadlocks along to the beat. The percussion was audibly brilliant and the band had an exceptional three piece horn section. Crowd members thoroughly enjoyed a few incredible trombone solos by Scott Flynn. Overall, the band had good variety, energy, and style.
Headlining the show was Asheville, NC world music superstars Toubab Krewe. Toubab always puts on an amazing show, using many unusual instruments to create beautiful melodies. TBK’s unique, worldly sound blends West African and American southern blues. Friends since childhood, they had the privilege of journeying together to exotic locations of Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast to craft their music.
Justin Perkins plays the Kamelengoni, a twelve string harp-lute that he positions between his legs and primarily plucks with his thumbs and pointer fingers. The instrument sounds beautifully twangy and really adds to the overall mystical vibe.
It happened to be Justin’s birthday after midnight, just about when the band began playing. He asked the crowd if there were any other Sagittarians in the audience and one raised his hand but would not tell how old he was, only saying “December 2nd” and “way too old.”
The drummer,Â Terrence Houston, looked electric as he beat on African drums and congas while other members played percussion, guitar, and bass. As always, the band stayed true to its North Carolina roots by playing a few Appalachian folk tunes (with a worldly twist.)
All in all, both bands put on outstanding performances, and all in attendance had a grand time at one of Charlotte’s most intimate venues.
Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show byÂ Brad Kuntzâ€¦
Ten years ago, David Pransky was meandering around the western portion of the globe, mandolin in hand and surfboard nearby, seemingly without direction and with little care. He was a guy without sense of direction who was thinking about anything but a destination and enjoying the journey to the fullest. It was through a chance meeting with a well-established musician that David’s path was given a direct course, but just as the case had been with everything else that preceded it, he definitely didn’t use a map.
That same year, Pransky hosted some friends in his family’s “backyard,” a sprawling few-hundred acre farm in the rolling hills of Vermont. The event would soon grow into what is known today as The Manifestivus, annually hosted by the band that Pransky has called home for the past six years, Toubab Krewe. The Manifestivus is not your father’s festival, but the best part is that lots of dads attend. Boasting something for everyone, the event brings in talent from around the world, exposing its patrons to music that they may have never experienced otherwise and has a petting zoo to boot.
The Manifestivus will officially turn ten this weekend, with the ceremonies mastered by none other that Luis Guzman, the gentleman that many know as the guy who played Maurice TT Rodriguez, the guy who finally got his claim-to-fame club in the closing reel of Boogie Nights.
Yep, it looks like it is going to be another awesome weekend in Cabot and in the preceding days we figured that we would hop on the horn with the festival’s founder and the guy that chicks at Toubab shows can’t get enough of, David Pransky.
All roads lead to Vermont:
An interview with Toubab’s David Pransky
(to download or stream the audio only, see below for the Archive.org link)
Click HERE to download or stream the audio from this interview.
Next weekend, an event that started as little more than a bonfire with some kegs will celebrate its tenth installment.Â
Manifestivus was born from the mind of Toubab‘s David Pransky, years before he teamed up with his current Krewe. Held annually on his family’s vast piece of land in rural Vermont, the event prides itself as being an event that sheds light onto music from all corners of the world –Â leading National Geographic to coin it as an event that “manages to punch above its weight.”
But Pransky doesn’t want for people to just look at the lineup when considering Manifestivus. Rather, he prefers that people hear about the vibe that, year in and year out, is the story that is told by those who attended the festivities… err festivuties… whatever.
With workshops on instrument building, daily yoga, late night DJs in the woods, artisans galore or a petting zoo and face painting for the children, the event is a celebration of community, sustenance and art.
It is for all of the above reasons and more that we are proud to present this edition of “FREE FESTIVAL FRIDAY,” offering you (yeah, you) the chance to enter to win two free tickets to the event*.
On top of that, we are offering those who want to take things a bit further a chance to be entered to win twice!
What you are playing forâ€¦
1) One GRAND PRIZE winner will walk away with two tickets to Manifestivus. Manifestivus takes place over the weekend of 8/17/12 on David Pransky’s (Toubab Krewe) family farm.Â
2) The same GRAND PRIZE winner will walk away with a $25 iTunesÂ® gift card.
â˜¼â†’Â Log into your Facebook account and type the following as your status: I just entered to win tickets to @Toubab Krewe’s Manifestivus from @Honest Tune Magazine. If you do it correctly, it will look like this:
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there — (be sure that you are logged into your Twitter account before you do). Follow instructions from there.Â
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Rules & Eligibility Requirements
How a winner will be chosen:
1) All of the entered names will be copied from the survey site and pasted into a computer generated random name picker. All of this will be videotaped so that nobody can cry foul. To see examples of us using this tool, click here. If we are lucky, maybe we will bump into Col. Bruce and get him to draw names out of a beer pitcher again.
2) The deadline for entry is Tuesday, 8/14/12 at 16:59 AM CST.
3) The winners will be contacted immediately, so keep an eye on your inbox.
1) Only entries that conform to the specifications outlined in â€œHow to Enterâ€ will be considered.
2) No previous or current Honest Tune editor/staff may enter
3) Contributors (senior and otherwise) may enter.
4) Only one entry per person/ per â€œprizeâ€ will be allowed and IP Addresses are logged on the survey site*.
5) Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and from within the continental United States.
*excludes those that follow steps 2 or 3 under “How To Enter.”
Frequently Asked Questions:
1)Â Q:Â If I win and realize that I cannot attend, can I give my tickets to a friend?
A:Â Yes, but you must notify us by Wednesday, 8/15/12 at noon CST. Otherwise you will be out of luck since no actual ticket will be issued and name changes will not be allowed at the event’s Will Call.
2) Q:What if I already have tickets to Manifestivus and am entering to save some cash?
A:Well, since we are not organizing the event, there is no way that we can answer that question with any degree of certainty. If what you are asking is “Can I get a refund?” then the answer is “no.” If you are asking “Can I sell my current tickets and use won tickets for my personal admission?” then that will depend on whether or not you have actual tickets and any contractual agreement that you entered into when purchasing the tickets from the event.
3) Q:What is the weather like at this time of year in Vermont?
Honest Tune: Live Backstage & Unplugged at The Festy w/ Toubab Krewe
*The fine print: This contest and its management is the sole responsibility of Honest Tune, not that of Toubab Krewe, Manifestivus, iTunes, Amazon or any representative thereof. Amazon is a registered trademark of Amazon Inc. iTunes is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Any and all costs associated with the event (included but not limited to: gas, lodging, other travel expenses, food, parking,Â rolling papers, beer, etc.) will be the responsibility of the winner. In other words, the winner will be given tickets or a free download and the rest is up to you. Honest Tune reserves the right to (at its sole discretion) disqualify entrants based upon lack of conformity to the entry process or other ineligibility as described in â€œEligibility Requirements.â€ Tickets are not transferable unless in accordance with terms contained herein. Odds of winning are based upon number of entries and the total value of each prize is 155.00 (Grand) and 9.95 (runner-up).
Toubab Krewe Brooklyn Bowl New York City, NY May 4, 2012
Keeping busy, Toubab Krewe took to the road and did what virtually every creator of improvisational music does… made a stop at Peter Shapiro’s Brooklyn Bowl.
It was a night of world music on a stage that is known for summoning guests from across the Big Apple and on this night, the story held true as the Asheville, NC crew (or Krewe) welcomed many, including Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad guitarist Dylan Savage, djembe master and Ghana native,Â Weedie Braimah, and Sam Dickey, ngoti lute player and one of the city’s most sought after West African guitarists.
In short, it was a special night for New York’s Toubab fans.
Carnivalito, Maliba, Area Code, Cluck Old Hen, Lamine’s Tune > Personal Things, Autorai, Mariama, Marietou, Vida Es un Carnaval, 51 Ft. Ladder > Hang 10 > Who Knows >An Easy Sunrise -> Jimi’s Juju, Who Knows, Sirens, I Got Loaded
Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Vernon Webbâ€¦
Manifestivus will celebrate their 10th anniversary this year in Cabot, VT. Curated by Toubab Krewe, Manifestivus is a â€œlocal festival with a global vibeâ€ featuring an eclectic lineup of international musicians in a Vermont country setting. The festival takes place August 17th & 18th and will feature headlining sets by Toubab Krewe each night. Toubab Krewe bassist and Cabot native David Pransky founded Manifestivus in 2002.
The festival, which â€œmanages to punch above its weight by attracting top international talent,” (National Geographic.com) takes place on the 93-acre Pransky family farm in a town just shy of 250 residents. Just six hours north of New York City, and three hours from Boston or Montreal, the site boasts hiking trails, swimming ponds and woodland forest. Manifestivus offers on-site camping, yoga, West African dancing and drumming, community art projects and local crafts, healthy living seminars, workshops, costume theme nights, various culinary vendors, and cross-cultural immersion.
Within Manifestivus is the Mini-festivus catering to the 200+ children that attend the festival each year.Â The family friendly environment introduces younger generations to music and different cultures from all around the world. The Mini-festivus features arts and crafts, puppets, storytelling, a bouncy house, an instrument-making workshop, roaming performers and of course live music performances. Kids 13 and younger are free when accompanied by a paid adult.
Manifestivus attendees are â€œyoung, old, local, and international; the perfect mix of generations and personalitiesâ€ says Performer Magazine. â€œ[It’s] the most no drama, upbeat and down-to-earth backyard partyâ€¦ with tons of world music and interesting international and local acts.â€
Performers at this yearâ€™s Manifestivus include Jamaican reggae artists Rootz Underground, Congolese soukous musician Diblo Dibala (who is also known as “Machine Gun” for his speed and skill on the guitar), vocalist Awa Sangho from Mali, Brooklyn Afrobeat collective Zongo Junction, and more! A lineup of currently confirmed artists is below and more artists will be announced.
Advanced price tickets go on sale today at noon ET. General admission advanced price two-day passes are $55. Tickets will then move to the regular price of $65 on June 15th, and can be purchased for $80 at the gate. Manifestivus will donate a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to Toubab Krewe’s School House Krewe Project, which is raising funds for the construction of a music school in Bamako, Mali. More information can be found at www.instruments4africa.org
Toubab Kreweâ€™s CARNAVALITO, a two-day mini-fest, has been announced to take place at the Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th, 2012. The outdoor event will feature headlining sets from Toubab Krewe as well as a different roster of supporting bands and DJs each day including Donna the Buffalo, Ivan Nevilleâ€™s Dumpstaphunk, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Rayna Gellert and DJ Chalice. DJ Equal will top off both nights with indoor late night sets. A shuttle system is conveniently available to travel between a local campground and the event.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a KOA campground is located just one mile from the venue. CARNAVALITO attendees are encouraged to stay for the weekend and receive a 10% discount on tent and RV camping with the code PB. All sites come equipped with water and electricity. View the map and reserve camping spaces online through http://koa.com/campgrounds/asheville–east/.
Shuttles will be traveling between the campground and venue as well as between downtown Asheville and the Pisgah Brewery. Look for shuttle details coming in May at www.pisgahbrewing.com.
Tickets are $41 (two-day admission) and $26 (one-day admission) and go on sale Wednesday, May 1st through the Pisgah Brewing Company event site (pisgahbrewing.com/events). VIP packages will also be available for $76 (two-day VIP admission) and $51 (one-day VIP admission) and include early entry to the event, a private guided brewery tour and tasting, preferred stage viewing, and more. All attendees who purchase a two-day ticket by July 1, 2012 will receive an unreleased Toubab Krewe summer EP and a Toubab Krewe beverage koozie.
CARNAVALITO is a family friendly event. Kids ages 10 and under are free with a ticketed adult. On Saturday, children of all ages will dance to the rhythms and rhymes of Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, aka â€œThe king of kid-hop.â€
Toubab Krewe will donate one dollar from every CARNAVALITO ticket purchased to Instruments for Africa, a not-for-profit organization that aims to empower underprivileged and at-risk youth in Mali through the preservation of traditional music and arts. Toubab Krewe and Instruments for Africa have launched a campaign to build the Krewe House, a music school project set to break ground in 2013. For more information, visit http://instruments4africa.wordpress.com/.
July 13th Lineup – Gates open at 6:00 PM
Ivan Nevilleâ€™s Dumpstaphunk
DJ Equal (Indoor Stage – Late Night)
July 14th Lineup – Gates open at 3:00 PM
Donna the Buffalo
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
DJ Equal (Indoor Stage – Late Night)
For more information on Toubab Krewe, including upcoming tour dates, please visit www.toubabkrewe.com
While the majority of the country prepares for winter and snow, global-rock instrumentalists Toubab Krewe are getting ready to spend the first few weeks of 2012 in a warmer climate. Toubab Krewe will start a 5-city Florida run on January 4th in Gainesville, and work their â€˜dirty south meets African traditionsâ€™ all the way to Key West.
A slight detour on January 9th takes Toubab Krewe off of Floridaâ€™s I-95 and onto a massive ship. The band will be heading to the Caribbean on the sold-out Jam Cruise 10 sailing from South Florida and making stops in Haiti and Jamaica. The cruise, returning on January 14th, features sets from Toubab Krewe, Umphreyâ€™s McGee, Galactic, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Trombone Shorty, 7 Walkers, and much more. For more information, about this event, visit JamCruise.com.
Twisting together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more, Toubab Krewe fans of all backgrounds let loose to the swirling dance floor rhythms at shows, both on land and at sea.
For more information on Toubab Krewe or to purchase tickets to their winter shows, please visit their website, www.toubabkrewe.com. Tickets may also be purchased at venue box offices.
January 4th Double Down Gainesville, FL
January 5th Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL
January 6th The Plaza Live Orlando, FL
January 7th Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
January 9th-14th Jam Cruise 10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL/ Labadee, Haiti/ Falmouth, Jamaica
January 15th-16th Green Parrot Key West, FL
This past weekend, a diamond in the rough was found when we stumbled upon The Festy Experience. With a picturesque setting, the site that was nestled in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountain range played host to not only some of the finest bluegrass, Americana and roots music, but also to an impeccable vibe where strangers greeted strangers with smiles, courtesy and warmness.
In the middle of it all was a beautiful large house that we asked artists to pass through for a series of exclusive acoustic sessions with Honest Tune. Fortunately, they agreed and what happened within those walls was pure magic.
In this first part of the series, we are graced with stellar performances from Emmitt-Nershi Band, Sarah Siskind and Toubab Krewe.
Halloween has long evolved from its beginnings (a celebration of the Celtic New Year or as the day before All Saints) into a candy-filled costumed extravaganza that finds kids salivating for bag after candy-filled bag with little thought of thehistory and traditions associated with the day.
Similarly the live music world has co-opted Halloween as a chance for bands to try on another’s music, by simply adding a couple of covers to their set or jumping in with two feet and attempting to cover an entire album. Today, Halloween may only trail New Years Eve as the most important must-see event of the year.
2009 promises to be big with the return of Phish at their Festival 8 and the heavily hyped buildup to the album they will wear this year, Gov’t Mule’s Rolling Stones-inspired plans, moe.’s fan chosen setlist and much, much more.
With that in mind, Honest Tune asked some of our favorite musicians what it is about Halloween and the shows and music associated with it that makes it such a special occasion.