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Toubab Krewe/The Mucklebuck 

When: Tue., April 22, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
This five-piece outfit’s sound can best be described as a blend of Cajun and Malian, a hybrid of Southern U.S. sensibilities and West African rhythms and instrumentation. Toubab Krewe (“toubab” means “foreigner” in Mali’s Bambara language and “krewe” reflects the New Orleans spelling of “crew”) has been taking a global approach to instrumental music for nearly a decade. Their music flows best in live settings, but TK2 is mandatory listening. The band touches on so many different sounds that it’s almost jarring at first blush. Songs like “Nirvana the Buffalo,” though, highlight how many similarities actually exist across continental divides in music. Guitarist Drew Heller can really shred, and he’s equally at home in more polyrhythmic excursions through African culture (“Carnavalito”). The combined effect of all of the above makes for a dazzling live show, which means tonight is sure to be a journey. (Sandy)


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