Bombino touring, playing free Central Park SummerStage show this weekend w/ Young Fathers & Fantastic Negrito
photo: Bombino at Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
African guitarist Bombino has achieved worldwide acclaim, and probably owes at least part of his success with U.S. rock fans to his 2013 album on Nonesuch, Nomad, which The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach produced. He's currently on a North American tour as we speak, which comes through the NYC-area this weekend.
First he plays a free Central Park SummerStage show on Saturday (7/25). If that wasn't exciting enough, it's being opened by hyped Scottish alt-rap group Young Fathers and blues singer Fantastic Negrito. That's a day show, going from 2-7 PM. Then on Sunday, Bombino heads to NJ for the XPoNential Music Festival.
He also plays NYC again in 2016 at The Apollo on March 26. That's the 'Africa Now!' show that also includes Mokoomba, Alsarah & the Nubatones and Jojo Abot. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Young Fathers' newest album is this year's White Men Are Black Men Too. That follows last year's Dead, which won the Mercury Prize and made multiple best-of-2014 lists. You can stream WMABMT, with a music video from Bombino's Nomad, and a video of Fantastic Negrito's NPR Tiny Desk Concert, below.
Bombino -- 2015/2016 Tour Dates
Jul 24 Calgary Folk Music Festival Calgary, Canada
Jul 25 SummerStage, Central Park New York, NY w/ Young Fathers, Fantastic Negrito
Jul 26 Xponential Music Festival Camden, NJ
Jul 28 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA
Jul 29 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
Jul 30 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport, CT
Jul 31 The Hamilton Washington, DC
Aug 01 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 02 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Aug 04 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
Aug 06 Edmonton Folk Music Festival Edmonton, Canada
Aug 07 Edmonton Folk Music Festival Edmonton, Canada
Aug 09 Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park Oxford, United Kingdom
Aug 10 Im Fluss Basel, Switzerland
Aug 16 Grey Cat Festival - Teatro delle Rocce Gavorrano, Italy
Aug 20 Fortissimo Vinadio, Italy
Aug 22 Treibhaus Innsbruck, Austria
Sep 24 Barezzi Live Festival - Teatro Regio di Parma il Parma, Italy
Dec 01 Cultuurkapel Deurne Deurne, Netherlands
Dec 02 DOORNROOSJE Nijmegen, Netherlands
Dec 03 Tivolivredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands
Dec 04 Cultuurcentrum C-mine Genk, Belgium
Dec 05 Cultuurcentrum De Spil Roeselare, Belgium
Dec 06 BURGERWEESHUIS Deventer, Netherlands
Mar 26 Apollo Theater New York, NY