by Andrew Frisicano

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Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti, son of legendary Nigerian musician Fela and Afrobeat institution in his own right, is coming to New York this summer. His last set of NYC dates, scheduled for January '09, were canceled, with the rest of his tour, because of illness.

Femi and the Positive Force visit the Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza for two Knitting Factory-presented nights on Wednesday, June 3rd and Thursday, June 4th. Tickets, including two-night passes, are on sale now at If you miss them, we suspect Femi might also be back later in the summer.

Other scheduled Femi gigs include Bonnaroo and opening dates for the Dave Matthews Band (an honor shared this spring/summer with The Roots, The Hold Steady, The Avett Brothers and others).

Femi's last record was Day By Day, which came out in November '08 on Downtown Records imprint Mercer Street Records. June 3rd will be his first North American show since its release.

All tour dates and videos of Femi live, and recording and discussing his latest record below...

Femi Kuti recording and discussing "Day by Day"

Femi Kuti on Shrine TV episode 1

Femi Kuti on Shrine TV episode 2

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 3 New York, NY Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza
Jun 4 New York, NY Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza
Jun 5 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center #
Jun 6 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center #
Jun 9 Toronto, ONT Molson Amphitheatre #
Jun 10 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau #
Jun 11 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 12 Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester, Tennessee
Jun 16 Showbox Seattle, Washington
Jun 17 Oregon Zoo Amphitheater Portland, Oregon
Jun 19 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Boonville, California
Jun 20 The Fillmore San Francisco, California
Jun 21 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, California
Jun 24 Paradise Rock Club Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 26 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 27 9:30 Club Washington DC
Jul 1 Ravinia Festival Highland Park, Illinois
Jul 2 Summerfest Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 3 Rothbury Festival Rothbury, Michigan
Jul 4 Harbourfront Centre Toronto, Ontario
Jul 5 Metropolis Montreal, Quebec
# Supporting Dave Matthews Band

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