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Extra Golden is a band that started as an inter-continental collaboration between Kenyan and American musicians. The music they've developed over two albums is of a style all their own, an innovative combination of east African benga guitar pop and American . This will be the band's second US tour, and their first time visiting much of the country, including the south and west coast. Their latest album Hera Ma Nono was released last fall...

Extra Golden are playing two NYC shows this summer. The first is the annual African Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell on August 3rd with Daby Toure and many others. That's free The second is 17 days later, also free, is sponsored by WFMU, and will take place at Lincoln Center with Either Orchestra and The Ex...

The ExWhen WFMU was first presented with the ability to put on some free NYC concerts via the New York State Music Fund grant, the obvious first notion was "who would we like to see in NYC that has never played before?" So we wound up the ball and sent the pitch over to Lincoln Center's Bill Bragin: how about Holland's greatest punk exports the Ex coming over (which they have in the past on many occasions), but this time bringing over some of their great international musician friends? The ones only Europe usually gets to see (or Ethiopia, if you happen to be there when the Ex make their fabled stops). We passed contacts to Lincoln Center, Terrie Ex got in touch with his fellow travelers, and then the ball was knocked outta the park in a severe way. The result? Lincoln Center's Out of Doors series in collaboration with WFMU's grant giving you all the chance to see the US debut of a major international collaboration for free at Lincoln Center/Damrosch Park Bandshell on West 62nd Street at Amsterdam in Manhattan, Wednesday, August 20th from 6-10 PM. Yes, free. No advance ticketing. On the bill:

The Ex with Gétatchèw Mèkurya (renowned Ethiopian saxophone legend), and if that weren't enough, Lincoln Center added two amazing East African/American collaborations to the bill: Either/Orchestra with Mahmoud Ahmed and Alèmayèhu Eshèté, plus Extra Golden. [WFMU]

. All Extra Golden tour dates below....

Extra Golden - 2008 Tour Dates
Jun 9 Charlotte, NC The Milestone w/Black Congo
Jun 10 Asheville, NC Grey Eagle Tavern
Jun 11 Athens, GA Caledonia Lounge
Jun 12 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo
Jun 14 Houston, TX Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
Jun 15 Austin, TX Club DeVille
Jun 17 San Diego, CA Pink Elephant Bar w/Society
Jun 18 Los Angeles, CA The Echo w/Dub Club
Jun 19 Santa Barbara, CA Muddy Waters Cafe
Jun 20 Visilia, CA Cellar Door
Jun 21 Boonville, CA Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
Jun 22 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
Jun 24 Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge
Jun 25 Portland, OR Holocene
Jun 26 Calgary, AB Sled Island Festival
Jul 17 Chicago, IL Millennium Park
Jul 18 Madison, WI Der Rathskeller
Jul 19 Chicago, IL Union Park (Pitchfork Festival)
Jul 20 Detroit, MI Concert of Colors
Jul 21 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop w/!!!
Jul 23 Minneapolis, MN 10,000 Lakes Festival
Jul 26 Louisville, KY Forecastle Festival
Jul 28 Alexandria, VA Birchmere w/Chopteeth
Jul 30 Boston, MA Boston Museum of Fine Arts w/Dady Toure
Jul 31 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
Aug 3 Brooklyn, NY Prospect Park (Celebrate Brooklyn!) w/Daby Toure
Aug 20 New York, NY Lincoln Center w/The Ex, Either Orchestra

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