Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Announce More Tour Dates
Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:54:02
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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have just announced additional North American tour dates. The band's third studio album Radio Salone will be released April 24, 2012, on Cumbancha. The beloved group, one of Africa's most lauded and active touring bands, will be bringing their joyful live shows to crowds from coast to coast from mid-May through mid-September, playing headlining dates and making a series of festival appearances. Newly announced dates include Summer Camp Music Festival 2012 in Chillocothe, IL and Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY as well as headlining shows in Phoenix, AZ, Colorado Springs, CO, Burlington, VT and a New York City show at the Highline Ballroom on June 29.
Additionally, the band will perform on April 18 aboard the National Geographic Explorer when the ship docks in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown, part of an incredible expedition along the entire western coast of Africa.
Radio Salone was produced by roots reggae, soul and Afrobeat guru Victor Axelrod, aka Ticklah, (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Easy Star All-Stars, Antibalas) and is the follow-up to the band's 2010 album Rise & Shine, which was the #1 of the year on the World Music Charts Europe.
This album marks the band's most musically sophisticated and virtuosic collection of songs to date, featuring a vintage African vibe and intricate dub elements that connect traditional West African sounds with roots reggae in ways that the band has never before explored.
After persevering through the horrors of the Sierra Leone civil war, a 2005 documentary skyrocketed the band to a global platform.
* = Newly announced dates May 18th San Diego CA @ Anthology (headline)
May 19th Joshua Tree, CA @ Joshua Tree Music Festival
May 20th Phoenix, AZ @ MIM-Musical Instrument Museum (headline) *
May 22nd Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Sol (headline)
May 24th Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads (with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Orgone)
May 25th Iowa City, IA @ Englert Civic Theater (with Orgone)
May 26th Chillocothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival 2012 *
May 31st Memphis, TN @ Levitt Shell at Overton Park (headline)
June 11th Colorado Springs CO, Armstrong Quad (headline) *
June 17th Arlington, TX @ Levitt Pavilion (headline)
June 22nd Kennett Square PA, Longwood Gardens (headline) *
June 29th New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom (headline) *
June 30th Rochester, NY @ Rochester International Jazz Festival *
July 1st Toronto, ON @ TD Toronto Jazz Festival
July 7th South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (headline) *
July 10th Montreal , QC @ Festival Nuits d'Afrique
August 4th Laytonville, CA @ The Gaia Festival
Sept 7th Columbus, OH @ BiCentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion *
Sept 8th Bowling Green, OH @ Black Swamp Arts Festival
Are you going to check out the all stars of Sierra Leone?