Posted in music | tour dates on February 11, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Gil Scott-Heron - Me and the Devil (MP3)

Gil Scott Heron

I'm New Here, the first LP in more than 15 years from poet & musician Gil Scott Heron, came out earlier week on XL. In January, Gil played at SOB's for MLK Day, and now with the album out, there are more shows coming up. Gil will be playing a release party/show at American Folk Art Museum (45 West 53rd St) on February 26th as part of its Free Music Fridays series (5:30pm). NOTE THIS UPDATE:

Attention: GIL SCOTT-HERON WILL NOT BE AT THIS LISTENING PARTY!
We would like to address the misunderstandings about the Gil Scott-Heron album release event at The American Folk Art Museum. There has been some miscommunication about the event. This is just a chance to listen to the album and celebrate the album release. Gil will not be performing or present at this event. We apologize for the misunderstanding.
Gil will be at jazz spot the Blue Note for two nights (with two sets each) on March 2nd and 3rd. Ticket links for those are below. He'll also be at Coachella and play the UK this April.

The album, produced by XL label owner Richard Russell, mostly opts for ominous, spare electronics in front of Gil's words, which are best known for being paired with jazz and blues. Even with over a decade passed (some of which was spent in jail), Gil doesn't seem to have missed a beat. You can hear elements of the new album's sound in "Message to the Messengers," the lead track from his 1994 album Spirits. That song and videos for two of the album's most immediate tracks, "Me And The Devil" and "Where Did The Night Go," are posted above and below...

Gil Scott-Heron - Me and the Devil

Gil Scott-Heron - "Where Did The Night Go"

Gil Scott Heron - Message to the Messengers from Spirits

Gil Scott-Heron - 2010 Tour Dates
February 26 - American Folk Art Museum (45 West 53rd St)
Tuesday March 2 - Blue Note New York, New York 8pm (tickets)
Tuesday March 2 - Blue Note New York, New York 10pm (tickets)
Wednesday March 3 - Blue Note New York, New York 8pm (tickets)
Wednesday March 3 - Blue Note New York, New York 10pm (tickets)
March 16-17 at Yoshi's San Francisco.
Sunday April 18 - Coachella Valley Music Festival, Indio, CA
Tuesday April 20 - Royal Festival Hall, London
Wednesday April 21 - HMV Picture House, Edinburgh
Thursday April 22 - The Warehouse, Aberdeen
Saturday April 24 - Royal Festival Hall, London

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Comments (17)

Feb 26th. CD release party at the American folk Art Museum

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2010 4:21 PM

GIL! SCOTT! HERON!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2010 5:13 PM

"Feb 26th. CD release party at the American folk Art Museum"

updated, thanks

Posted by brooklynvegan | February 11, 2010 5:23 PM

l have been a fan since the beginning and somehow never met you, Gil.. want to and will sometime in the near future l hope .. in New York . l live in Toronto & no one is hip enough to bring u here , l have much of your music. all the musicians u know , l know,, from Joe Henderson to Freddie Hubbard to Jerry Gonzalez to Kirk Lightsey to Donald Pate, ETC. come and hand here anytime ,, Marlene Weller Talk of the Town- The Jazz Connection

Posted by marlene weller | February 11, 2010 7:39 PM

l have been a fan since the beginning and somehow never met you, Gil.. want to and will sometime in the near future l hope .. in New York . l live in Toronto & no one is hip enough to bring u here , l have much of your music. all the musicians u know , l know,, from Joe Henderson to Freddie Hubbard to Jerry Gonzalez to Kirk Lightsey to Donald Pate, ETC. Come and hang here anytime !! ,,,,,,,,, Marlene Weller Talk of the Town- The Jazz Connection

Posted by marlene weller | February 11, 2010 7:41 PM

The Revolution will be uploaded to the internet.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rsu6IsybBw

Posted by QueenGena | February 11, 2010 8:07 PM

heron is a helluva drug

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2010 8:17 PM

If you are serious about meeting him if you go to a show of his it isn't hard. After he played BB Kings last time he stuck around and talked with anyone that approached him.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2010 9:09 PM

New York Is Killing Me-Wow.Addicted to this song.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2010 9:32 PM

I kick flows like heron in ya nose

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2010 11:20 PM

more song addicted please.

Posted by arkadaş arıyorum | February 12, 2010 8:43 AM

pitchfork just gave his new album best new music, which means expect an announcement soon for him to be playing pitchfork fest...

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2010 9:57 AM

isn't that the poor black guy who ran up to my car this morning on church and 6th with a filthy rag and attempted to clean my car?

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2010 11:09 PM

It is sad that an uneducated person would post a comment like the one here saying "isn't that the poor black guy who ran up to my car this morning on Church and 6th..." when everyone with an ounce of education knows that a quintessential artist such as Gil Scott Heron does not deserve such a rant. He is an academian, an educator, a musician and a writer. He doesn't need to clean your car to exist.

To put my thoughts on this bluntly, paraphrasing some words from Gil's Message to the Messengers: you might not be here if it wasn't for heroes like Gil who are consistently bold enough to speak out and educate people.

Take the time to do some research and you will find that being ahead of your time, as Gil is, is not an easy job and comes with burdens. Charlie Parker and Billy Holiday are two examples of talented people that life took a toll on.

Credit should be given here to this brilliant man who said some prophetic words - its never too late to turn around. He's faced his demons, sung about them, shared his soul and his thoughts with us. He's back and doing what he was born to do. Making music for the masses that is not just music - its information, an opportunity for all to learn. He deserves every bit of respect we can give him. Keep singing brother Gil. Keep getting the word out some of us are truly listening.

Posted by Stacey Ellis | March 19, 2010 1:05 PM

l have been a fan since the beginning and somehow never met you, Gil.. want to and will sometime in the near future l hope .. in New York . l live in Toronto & no one is hip enough to bring u here , l have much of your music. all the musicians u know , l know,, from Joe Henderson to Freddie Hubbard to Jerry Gonzalez to Kirk Lightsey to Donald Pate, ETC. Come and hang here anytime !! ,,,,,,,,, Marlene Weller Talk of the Town- The Jazz Connection

Posted by يوتيوب | December 27, 2010 12:51 AM

Oh, and what about those question marks on Sunday's text in the concert poster below? No, that isn't saving a spot for a Smiths reunion or U2 debut on the Coachella stage, it's the way that Yorke presents himself as a solo star, the marquee at his Orpheum concert had the same punctuational flourish.

Posted by منتديات | January 12, 2011 2:41 PM

Wonderful post and the location is beautiful and elegant in design and information and everything>>> to Favorites
Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...
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