Entries tagged with: Taj Mahal
The duets album is often a stroke session that involves a minimum of thought -- but not for Van Morrison. Duets is as cantankerous and eccentric as any of the man's other projects. Rather than just bring in a few glossy names to decorate his greatest hits, he digs up deep cuts from mostly overlooked albums. (You won't find anything from Moondance or Astral Weeks here.) And his partners range from grizzled vets -- Steve Winwood, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal -- to surprise guests like Natalie Cole, Mark Knopfler and Michael Bublé. Even if the artists probably figured they were signing on for "Into the Mystic" or "Tupelo Honey" karaoke, they rise to the Van challenge, helping him rescue songs that only die-hards know. [Rolling Stone]Music legend Van Morrison's new album Duets: Re-working The Catalogue is out now, and he'll be doing a good amount of touring this year in support of it.
The tour includes a NYC show with Duets collaborator Taj Mahal happening June 19 at Forest Hills Stadium. Tickets for that show go on sale April 25 at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting Tuesday (4/21) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with a video of Van and Taj, below...
Wilco's annual festival Solid Sound returns this year from June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, and the 2015 lineup has been announced. Joining Wilco will be Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts, Tweedy, Shabazz Palaces, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson Trio, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Stained Radiance: Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom, Ryley Walker, Felice Brothers, Autumn Defense, Cibo Matto, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, NRBQ and more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup below.
Wilco have other tour dates coming up too, including NY-area jam band festival Gathering of the Vibes, happening July 30 - August 2 in Bridgeport, CT's Seaport Park with Weezer, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Gaslight Anthem, Gregg Allman, Dark Star Orchestra ft. Melvin Seals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage and more. Full initial lineup here. Tickets here.
All Wilco dates are listed below...
New Orleans Jazz Fest, which has much more than just jazz, returns this year for two weeks, April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. The lineup includes Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Pitbull (??), T.I., Chicago, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Dr. John (interpreting Louis Armstrong), Third World, Taj Mahal Trio, Juvenile & Mannie Fresh, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Freedia, Galactic ft. Macy Gray, Anders Osborne, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sturgill Simpson, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and more. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday (1/13).
Full lineup below...
Jason Isbell @ Governors Ball (more by Dana (distortion Yavin)
Sturgill Simpson has not been shy when it comes to talking about Nashville not playing a part in his new-found success as a country singer, but Wednesday night Nashville recognized, as Simpson took home the award for best "Emerging Artist" at the 13th Annual Americana Music Honors & Awards (he beat Hurray For The Riff Raff and Valerie June). The ceremony took place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, and the night's big winner was ex-Drive-By-Trucker Jason Isbell who won best Album, best Artist, and best Song (Robert Ellis and Rosanne Cash were also nominated in all three categories). Check out the full list of winners, and listen to that best song, below. Catch Isbell on tour with Damien Jurado next year.
Jack White at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by Brian Mansfield)
As always, legacy acts enjoyed a good showing at the festival. Elton John played the entire first side of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, gave a tribute to the late Casey Kasem, and brought out Ben Folds for a guest spot. Ben had also appeared a day earlier with The Flaming Lips during their set to cover Usher's "Love In This Club" (video below), a set which included Wayne Coyne playfully throwing some shade at Kanye's set from earlier in the festival, asking the crowd "Where's the press?"
Lionel Richie played a set that included everything from his time in the Commodores ("Brick House") to "All Night Long" to his Diana Ross collaboration "Endless Love." More legends graced the Bonnaroo stages when Chaka Khan made a surprise appearance during the Derek Trucks-led SuperJam on Friday and covered Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. Also in that jam were blues legend Taj Mahal, Anthony Hamilton and once again, Ben Folds. Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones himself appeared at the festival to sit in with bluesman Seasick Steve, which he has done before with Jack White.
Jack White, who we also just caught at Governors Ball, didn't play with John Paul Jones this time, but he did play his own set which included a cover of Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song." It also included calling Rolling Stone a "tabloid," ranting about Johnny Depp and Albert Einstein (watch out Kanye!), and otherwise him rocking out to cuts from his solo albums, Raconteurs, White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and a cover of Dick Dale's "Misirlou." Video and setlist from Jack's set, below.
Damon Albarn w/ De La Soul at Bonnaroo 2014 (photo by 97X)
Skrillex led a SuperJam too which involved Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Mystikal, Damian Marley, and Thundercat, among others. The set was closed by none other than Ms. Lauryn Hill, who played "Killing Me Softly" a la Fugees, Bob Marley's "Jamming" (though not with Damian) and more. More old school big guns came out during Damon Albarn's set, which was split between Gorillaz, Blur, The Good the Bad & the Queen and solo material. De La Soul joined him for "Feel Good Inc." and Del The Funkee Homosapien for "Clint Eastwood", Setlist and videos are below, and check out pictures and more from his recent Irving Plaza show.
Elsewhere, Omar Souleyman, who couldn't make it to Northside Festival experienced no travel issues and played a set on Thursday night. James Blake also played and told Billboard while he was there that his new album is halfway done and will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon and more. Arctic Monkeys, who were covered twice during the festival (by Sam Smith and MS MR), played their own set too and to a HUGE crowd, heavy on the AM stuff but with a little bit of their other four albums mixed in. What didn't happen, unfortunately, was the set by Broad City's stars that were supposed to perform in the Comedy Theatre but canceled their set.
Of course the huge festival had tons of other highlights too. Did you go? What were yours?
Videos and a few setlists from the fest, below...
Les Savy Fav in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Ty Segall, VietNam, David Novick @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ty Segall releases a lot of records (a lot) but they're all pretty different. Sleeper finds him in acoustic mode and expect him to be in a similar mode tonight -- his performance at FYF fest last weekend had him sitting down most of the show. For the louder Ty experience, he'll be back with Fuzz later this year.
Zero Boys, Night Birds, Nuclear Santa Claust, SpEd @ Europa
Midwest punk favorites Zero Boys return to NYC to bless Europa with the great surf-punk locals Night Birds and the Ramones-y Nuclear Santa Claust in tow. Fans of early 80s/punk hardcore, make sure to make it out, Zero Boys' appearance is a rare one and not to be missed.
She Keeps Bees, Last Good Tooth, Railbird @ Glasslands
Indie folk duo She Keeps Bees are busy cooking up a new record but gave a taste via a new single last month (stream it below). Tonight's show is well-matched with Providence, RI's Last Good Tooth and the slinky sounds of Railbird
Les Savy Fav, Delorean, Small Black @ House of Vans
The line-up is a little schizo, but no one seems to care at House of Vans. Les Savy Fav's music is fun, but the band truly comes alive live thanks to wildcard frontman Tim Harrington whose onstage antics are, at this point, legendary (see above). Spanish (well, Basque if your getting technical) dance troupe Delorean should get you primed and it's been revealed that the "Special Guest" is Brooklyn chillwavers Small Black. Free, but RSVP has been closed for some time, BUT the show will also be streaming online.
Classixx, Digitalism, Lou Teti, Le Youth, Plastic Plates, Malandro @ Output
The weekly INPUT party at Output (every Thursday) always gets a helluva lineup, and this week is no exception with LA dance duo Classixx, German electro duo Digitalism, and more.
Psychobuildings, Daytona, Grand Resort, Suburban Living, Literature, Haybaby @ Pianos
Tonight's the last show of Grand Resort's August residency, and it's a terrific (big) line-up, with Philadelphia's super-fun Literature, Norfolk, VA's Suburban Living, and more.
DJ Clark Kent, D-Nice, Stretch Armstrong, Tony Touch, Rich Medina @ Santos Party House
Five, yes FIVE, legendary DJs from the 90s and beyond team up for an unforgettable night of hip hop, soul, and everything under the sun. Highly recommended for fans of the era, deep grooves, or people who just like to get down.
DJ Eclipse, DJ Riz, DJ Premier, DJ Stretch Armstrong @ Le Poisson Rouge
The Halftime show, the heir to CM Famalam and much of the great underground hip hop of the 90s, celebrates 15 years at LPR tonight with hip hop legends like Lord Sear, DJ Premier, Eclipse, Stretch Armstrong and more. Expect surprise performances and appearances and a night of classic hip hop.
Steel Phantoms, Dusted, Rituals, Lurve @ Shea Stadium
Two Toronto bands, Dusted (the indie pop project from Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt) and the shoegazey/postpunky Rituals, are in NYC this week for two shows. Tonight they bless Brooklyn DIY spot Shea Stadium, and tomorrow they'll be at Cake Shop.
Bent Shapes, Shark?, The Doubts @ Silent Barn
If you missed Boston's Bent Shapes when they were in town last weekend, here's another chance to catch them. Their new album, Feels Weird, is filled with hooky, smart indiepop.
Light Asylum, Celebration, Mirror Mirror, Lone Wolf @ The Bowery Electric
Here's a show filled with magnetic live performers: Light Asylum's Shannon Fuchness is a pistol on stage, as is Celebration's Katrina Ford. The rest of the bill is similarly pitched dark, with electrorockers Mirror Mirror and Ryan Sawyer's solo project, Lone Wolf.
Anthony Naples, Lemonade (DJ set), Blouse (listening party) @ Topside Bar at SmorgasBar (FREE)
Captured Tracks kicks off it's CT5 weekend with this free event that starts with a listening party for Blouse's new album and continues with DJ sets after that.
A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Young Statues @ Asbury Lanes
Brooklyn's A Great Big Pile of Leaves play their hometown a lot (like last week), but if Asbury Park is an easier trip for you to make, tonight's show at the Lanes is not to miss. Their new album, You're Always On My Mind, dropped back in July and has been one hell of a summer album.
Roy Ayers @ Blue Note
Vibraphone master and funk legend Roy Ayers continues his four-night run with early and late shows. Let's hope her pulls out tracks from his much-lauded score to blaxploitation flick, Coffy (amongst his other great work).
Taj Mahal @ City Winery
The blues rock legend has been putting out records for 45 years and, at age 71, is still going strong, performing over 150 shows a year. This is his first of two City Winery shows this week.
Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords @ Comcast Theatre (CT)
Funny or Die's travelling Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival doesn't stop in NYC proper, but it's not too far away tonight (Hartford, CT) and features a killer line-up of funny people.
Stephen Brodsky, Snake Oil, PC Worship @ Saint Vitus
Stephen Brodsky has been known for his work in some very heavy bands (Cave In, Converge), but as a solo artist, he takes a much softer approach. He'll still feel home at Brooklyn's mostly-metal bar Saint Vitus though, and that's where you can see him tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Eric Clapton at BAM in 2010 (more by Kevin Mazur)
Eric Clapton is kicking off a major US tour in March, 2013 which will culminate in NYC with the two-night Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden from April 12 to 13. In addition to Clapton, the festival will feature a ton of other artists, including Allman Brother Band, Jeff Beck, BB King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Gary Clark Jr., Blake Mills, Los Lobos, Frank Ocean sideman John Mayer, and many others.
The Terrace level at MSG will also host the "Guitar Center Road to Crossroads Exhibition," which will feature a number of historic guitars on display, memorabilia, archival footage, and interactive exhibits where fans can play products by Fender, Gibson, Ernie Ball, and Martin. The exhibition will open at 6:30 PM on 4/12 and 6 PM on 4/13, and is free to ticket holders.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday, November 30 at noon with a Chase (who is presenting the show) presale beginning Monday, November 26 at noon.
A list of all Clapton dates, the full Crossroads Guitar Festival lineup, and a video, are below.
The Roots on the Intrepid (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Roots and "special surprise guests" will celebrate the holdays at their 5th Annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam, which goes down at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (12/15), followed by the usual Questlove DJ stint shortly thereafter. The show is private, but you (and a guest) can win a special invite by signing up for the Okayplayer newsletter. Further details are at the Okayplayer site.
The Roots will also celebrate legendary delta blues musician Robert Johnson's 100th birthday at the Apollo on March 6th, joining a lineup that includes Shemika Copeland, Bettye LaVette, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Sam Moore, Todd Rundgren and more TBA. Tickets are on sale, and the show will double as a benefit for the construction of the Blues Hall of Fame by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.
The Roots recently celebrated the release of their new LP Undun and inddirectly called Michelle Bachmann a "Lyin' Ass Bitch" (and will no longer have carte blanche on the songs they play as a result).
Video of Questlove and Black Thought from Power 105 this morning discussing the Michelle Bachmann incident, as well as the concept behind Undun is below...
photos by Ryan Muir
"Just met Taj Mahal after seeing him perform at the Lowdown Hudson Blues festival in NYC! My night is complete!" - Tatiana
American blues legend Taj Mahal played a free show at World Financial Center Plaza Thursday night (7/28) with Amy LaVere and Mike Farris. Taj Mahal played with his group, the Taj Mahal trio, as part of the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival. Pictures are on this post.
The Taj Mahal Trio has more North American dates scheduled for the next few months including a show at Brooklyn Bowl on September 20. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates and more pictures from the WFC show below...
The Baseball Project at Maxwell's (more by Lori Baily)
"Well, we had so much fun the first time that we just had to do it again. Scott, Peter, Linda and I spent much of the last few years on the road, in the studio and trading files, ideas, anecdotes and laughs and the result is the second album by the Baseball Project: Volume 2: High and Inside." - The Baseball ProjectHigh and Inside is out now via Yep Roc Records and streaming in full at Spinner. The all-star, baseball-themed band will hit the road in support of the record starting off in Atlanta on 3/11, hitting SXSW, swinging through Spring Training (#srsly), and eventually terminating on the West Coast in early April. Before that, Baseball Project member Steve Wynn will hit Living Room on March 4th with Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three. Tickets are still on sale.
Meanwhile, Peter Buck is keeping busy with R.E.M. as the band has a new album, Collapse Into Now, which is currently streaming in full at NPR. No tour dates for R.E.M. as of yet but if you have tickets for the Tibet House benefit at Carnegie Hall on 3/3, you can catch R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe there. Mike Mills of R.E.M. can be found at the Big Star Third show at Lexington Hall on March 26.
No word on how a giant vagina entrance, a bear suit, Wayne Coyne in an inflatable ball, Hulk hands and similar props will work at Carnegie Hall, but The Flaming Lips will join recent addition Taj Mahal at the 21st Annual Tibet House US Benefit Show on 3/3. The two join a veritable all-star lineup that includes Michael Stipe, The Roots, Patti Smith with Jesse Smith & Michael Campbell, Angelique Kidjo, James McCartney, and of course curator Philip Glass. Tickets for the concert are on sale via Carnegie Hall, while tickets for the concert and a fund-raising dinner are on sale via Tibet House directly. (Note: Do not expect a full set by any band - they usually play 3 songs each at the most, with a few collaborations and group sing-alongs).
In related News, Wayne Coyne recently talked to Spin about some of the Lips' plans for 2011...
First up, the band is heading to New York to cut tracks with synth-pop artist Neon Indian and longtime producer Dave Fridmann, and they're hoping to release the results on the fly. "We're going to do two or three songs with him and that shit should be ready to go pretty quickly," says Coyne, who posted a demo of a potential collaborative track earlier this week. "I have a couple of tunes that he's heard and we'll just do that shit and fix that up and fuck around together."Deerhoof is going out on tour soon, and is now playing Europa in Brooklyn on February 8th instead of Ridgewood Masonic Temple which can no longer serve alcohol. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now. Ariel Pink will be at Coachella and was just on Fallon. Neon Indian has one show coming up: Thu Feb 03 at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, Texas with the Flaming Lips.
Coyne adds that he'd love to do similar collaborations with Deerhoof and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: "I think everybody would be up for doing something. But a lot of it comes down to us fitting into their schedules. I can always sneak in on their thing."
Finally, Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips recently dropped the score for The Heart Is Drum Machine, a documentary that examines music and human attraction to it. The twelve-track mostly-instrumental LP features tracks like "Born" (downloadable above, streamable below) and a cover of Elton John's "Rocket Man" featuring none other than Maynard James Keenan of Tool/A Perfect Circle. The film also features Drozd, Keenan, & Wayne Coyne, alongside appearances from Jason Schwartzman, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Juliette Lewis, Spoon's Britt Daniel, George Clinton, and many others who all discuss their personal connection to music. The Heart Is A Drum Machine is out now on DVD and the soundtrack is out now on iTunes.
The soundtrack tracklisting, the film trailer, and that song stream are all below.
photos by Chris La Putt
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
"CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY - The Great Hudson River Revival, Clearwater's annual two-day music and environmental festival at Croton Point Park, came to a rousing close here on Sunday evening as a rain-drenched crowd of several thousand people cheered for headliner Arlo Guthrie and a number of onstage guests, including Taj Mahal and Pete Seeger.The pictures from Saturday are HERE. More pictures from Sunday, below...
Exact attendance figures are not available, but Festival Director Jon Dindas said that advance ticket sales surpassed last year's totals, and that the overall number of festivalgoers for 2009 peaked near seven thousand on Sunday-a remarkable accomplishment considering the rainy weather throughout the weekend.
"The true Clearwater spirit shined forth at this year's Revival, as both audience members and nearly eight hundred festival volunteers were able to withstand the challenges of the weather and yet still celebrate music, environmental education and the willingness to work for change and to make a difference in the world," said Dindas...
...The musical offerings on Sunday were filled with highlights. A succession of acts at the Circle of Song that included Rik Palieri, Work o' the Weavers and a Hudson River Sloop Singers Reunion drew a crowd of festival veterans while the Persuasions, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Cornmeal kept folks smiling. And then there was the inevitable full-stage hootenanny during Arlo Guthrie's festival closing set, which culminated in a rendition of "Let it Shine" with a backing band and chorus that featured Pete, Taj, Rainbow Stage performers Elvis Perkins in Dearland plus the aforementioned Jay and Molly, Tao and Mike and Ruthy.
Monday, Clearwater festival workers and volunteers are busy at Croton Point Park packing away equipment and mending the grounds. It is a Clearwater tradition to leave the park in better shape than it was before the Revival sets sail each year, and 2009 will be no different in this regard." [Clearwater]
Pete Seeger @ Columbia in April...
"Clearwater conducts innovative environmental programs, advocacy and celebrations in order to inspire and energize the next generation of environmental leaders.Pete Seeger's been busy lately, especially for someone who just celebrated his 90th birthday. The event for that occasion took place at Madison Square Garden on May 3rd, and is reviewed in full below, with pictures. A few weeks before that, on Earth Day (April 18th), Pete played a show at Columbia's Teachers College. Photos from that show are below too. Right after that he headed to New Orleans to perform at Jazz Fest. Prior to those, Seeger played the Clearwater benefit with Jeff Tweedy at Beacon High School on March 28th. We also recently noticed his name as the special guest on a show at Joe's Pub.
Clearwater was founded in 1969 by music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger." [Clearwater]
This summer Pete Seeger is scheduled to play the Newport Folk Festival (August 1st and 2nd), and will perform at his own Clearwater Festival, taking place in Croton-on-the-Hudson, NY this weekend (June 20th and 21st). The Clearwater Fest lineup includes Dr. Dog, A.C. Newman, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Richie Havens, Old Crow Medicine Show, Alejandro Escovedo, Arlo Guthrie and others. Its full schedule is below. Tickets are still sale at the gate.
UPDATE: we can confirm that Pete played his scheduled Saturday morning Clearwater Fest performance "with kids" for those who braved the rain. Pete will perform again at the festival on Sunday afternoon with his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.
A review of Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration at MSG, and all above-mentioned photos, with the full Clearwater Festival lineup & schedule, below...
David Byrne @ Radio City Music Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Celebrate Brooklyn's opening night gala (and first concert of the season) will take place at the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 8th.
The Green Gala will be an exciting eco-friendly evening with a zero waste goal that launches other green initiatives including cycling and recycling efforts to reduce the Festival's environmental impact and to promote eco-friendly practices. All proceeds from the gala provide vital funds for Celebrate Brooklyn's free programming and will also support our green initiatives.Tickets for all of the above will cost you anywhere from $325 for a single ticket, to $10,000 for a Vice Chair Table. However, if you just want see the performance aka DAVID BYRNE, you can, for free (or pay the $3.00 suggested donation).
5:30 Cocktails & Dinner
8:00 Performance (reserved seats)
10:00 Dance Party
Most of the shows at the Brooklyn bandshell are free (like did I mention David Byrne on June 8th???), but a few are benefits (aka cost money) to help make the free ones happen. MGMT and Kuroma (sold out), Animal Collective (still on sale), and Jackson Browne (still on sale) all fit into the benefit category. Now you can also add Bonnie Rait and Taj Mahal to that list. They are on tour together and will play there on August 12th (on sale date TBA) (all dates below).
The full lineup of free shows happening at the bandshell in Prospect Park this summer will be announced in a few weeks. Until then we can try and figure them out. One possibility is King Sunny Ade on July 18th. Do you know any others? We're also keeping track of who is playing Central Park Summerstage.
The bandshell is not the only place events happen in Prospect Park though. The Long Meadow, with the addition of a stage, can and has also become a venue (usually for opera, orchestras, and other more-high-art events). According to the Daily News, there's now also a chance it will also become the location of Woodstock's planned NYC anniversary concert...
"It's big, it's convenient. There's public transportation - and Brooklyn's cool," said Lang, 64. "I'd love to do it. But it's been a very tough year."David Byrne's Brooklyn show comes five days after the not-free one he's playing at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. You can also catch him playing a different set on May 3rd at Radio City Music Hall. You may have caught him earlier this year, also at Radio City, at one of his two Eno-shows he played there.
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe confirmed the city is in talks with Lang about the event.
"New York City has a wonderful legacy of great free concerts," said Benepe, adding Prospect Park would be a great spot for such a concert.
"It's a park we have been pointing concert promoters to," said Benepe. "There's no space anywhere in Central Park as large as the the Long Meadow in Prospect Park."
Lang, who grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, said he knows the clock is ticking and that to make the free daylong show work, he has to find the necessary $8 million to $10 million to pay for it by the end of the month.
If the money comes through, Lang is hoping to attract up to 150,000 people and feature a mix of Woodstock legends like Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Neil Young, as well as newer bands that fit the vibe, like Dave Matthews and Phish.
Bonnie Rait & Taj Mahal dates below...
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal, a two-time GRAMMY® winner and one of the most influential American blues and roots artists of the past half-century, has made no Faustian deals in his long and distinguished career, but he stands at an important crossroads nonetheless. In his never-ending exploration of the complex origins and underpinnings of American music, he has forged a four-decade career by gathering and distilling countless musical traditions from a range of geographical and cultural sources: the Mississippi Delta, the Appalachian backwoods, the African continent, the Hawaiian islands, Europe, the Caribbean and so much more. Taj Mahal doesn't just stand at the crossroads. He is the crossroads.Taj Mahal is playing BB King's in (a very busy) NYC on Saturday night. Tickets are still on sale. All dates below...
On September 30, 2008, he makes his Heads Up International debut with the worldwide release of Maestro . This twelve-track set - his first U.S. release in five years - marks the fortieth anniversary of Taj's rich and varied recording career by mixing original material with chestnuts from vintage sources and newcomers alike. Guests on this anniversary gala include Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Angelique Kidjo, Los Lobos, Ziggy Marley and others - many of whom have been directly influenced by Taj's music and guidance.