Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance – free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, North Carolina-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound.
“Toubab Krewe has such a visceral, ear-yanking quality that in the band’s capable hands you just might find your definitions of what is/is not rock n’ roll and world beat being completely rewritten. This is the sound of liberation.” – Blurt
“a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy.” – Village Voice
“a new standard for fusions of rock n’ roll and West African music.” – Afropop Worldwide
“one of the most innovative voices in music today.” – Honest Tune
It was in the cultural melting pot of the Nation’s capital that brothers Rootz and Zeebo developed their creative and musical talents. In the heady days of the late 1980s, the brothers Steele would launch the project that has defined their lives: See-I. They quickly became a fixture of DC’s burgeoning Reggae scene crossing paths with Reggae aficionado Eric Hilton who was determined to include them in his future projects. Hilton was opening the Eighteenth Street Lounge and associated record label, and brought Rootz and Zeebo on board. Throughout the 90’s and into the coming millennium they would go on to record, perform and tour with Thievery Corporation.
Then in 2005 Zeebo and Rootz started a regular Wednesday night gig at the Eighteenth Street Lounge that would see them coalescing into one of the greatest live bands the city has ever seen. Slowly gathering momentum, guest musicians and members – from the Thievery Live band and the Chuck Brown band amongst others – the See-I live band would grow into a nationwide touring phenomenon, and are now considered one of America’s premier Reggae party bands.
See these bands perform together on March 22nd at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, Colorado! Enter HERE to win a pair of tickets to the show and gifts from Inity Weekly!
Toubab Krewe and See-I with DJ Mr. Brown
Fri, March 22, 2013
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)
Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
$15 Advance / $20 Day Of Show
Click HERE for tickets