Win Tickets ($20+): Take Warning presents Toubab Krewe @ Dantes | West African Rock & Roll

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Toubab Krewe on Friday, February 22, 2013 at Dantes. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, February 22.

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From our sponsors:
Toubab Krewe @ DantesTake Warning presents Toubab Krewe w/ Halo Refuser
Friday, February 22, 2013
8 p.m. | $12-$15 | 21+
Purchase Tickets at Ticket Fly

350 W Burnside St Portland, OR 97209
(503) 226-6630

Blending American and West African influences into a sound all its own, Toubab Krewe has set “a new standard for fusions of rock ‘n’ roll and West African music” (Afropop Worldwide).

Since forming in 2005, the magnetic instrumental quintet has won a diverse and devoted following at performances everywhere from Bonnaroo to the legendary Festival of the Desert in Essakane, Mali, the most remote festival in the world. The band developed their unique sound over the course of numerous extended trips to Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast, where they immersed themselves in the local culture and studied and performed with luminaries.

But the group has its roots in Asheville, NC, where many of its members were childhood friends and long-term musical collaborators. It was at home in the Appalachians, where the band recorded their sophomore album, Live at the Orange Peel.

Produced by Grammy winning producer Steven Heller (who also produced the band’s debut), the new album captures their outstanding 2007-2008 New Year’s run. All of the songs are previously unreleased and continue to mix American rock with the West African musical traditions the band fell in love with on their travels. Along the way, they explore the worlds of surf and zydeco, fusing it all together into what the Village Voice describes as “a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy” and Honest Tune hails as “one of the most innovative voices in music today.” The new release features col- laborations with legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets and fiddler Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl.

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22 Responses to Win Tickets ($20+): Take Warning presents Toubab Krewe @ Dantes | West African Rock & Roll

  1. Stephen February 20, 2013 at 11:58 am #


  2. Mark February 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I have been wanting to see these guys for years! But now that they are finally playing in my town I find past-due bills have taken over my paycheck and I just can’t afford to buy tickets this week. You would make me the happiest guy in Portland if you pick me to win these tickets. Thank you. Mark

  3. Jessica February 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    These guys are rad and I can’t wait to get my groove on while listening to them kill it. Please choose me.

  4. Jeffrey Brown February 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm #


    So humbly, I don’t usually ask for much. I try to get by on what I make and the kindness I show to others. But, however, this is a big weekend for me. I’ve just started a new job and I’m not paid until the 1st of March. That said, my 40th birthday is on the 26th of February. I really would like to take a friend to the show.


  5. Heather Holcomb February 20, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    I love African music and have never seen Toubab, although I’ve listened to them for years. A little busted at the moment, and I would be so appreciative if I could take my redhead the show!

  6. Kurt February 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Used to see these guys back in NC and would love to see them again!

  7. Robb W February 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    I like the way Toubab Krewe blends African and Western musical elements. Live at the Doug Fir sounds great! Maybe Asher Fulero aka Halo Refuser sits in?

  8. Jennifer February 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    I moved from NC 2 years ago and thought I had missed my chance to see Toubab forever. I’m so impressed they’ve made it this far, it would make me so happy to see them live!

  9. Terry February 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    AfroPop Rules! Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. Erika February 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    I need a little Toubab Krewe in my life right now! A break from the studies of graduate school…to be transported back to my southern roots with some beloved African flavor through music and dance. I never win such things…would be such a treat! :)

  11. lotti February 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    there are no words to express my desire to attend, as Drew says, “In music without words, narratives of emotional and logical meaning can simultaneously be derived across boundaries of culture and language.”

  12. Roy Nifoussi February 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Great bunch of musicians

  13. elsa marie February 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    toubabe krewe – i’ve been stalking their tour dates, waiting patiently for their to return to the hood. they won me over in 2010 at horning’s hideout. i went back for more when they opened for railroad earth at the crystal ballroom that fall. that was my favorite show at the crystal- ever. i left glowing and drenching in sweat from dancing.

    i solemnly swear i will shake my ass from the opening beats to the final encore if i win these tickets.

    i will also offer the other ticket to my homie who i know wants to go, but doesn’t have the FUNds to have FUN this friday.

    make us both so happy that we’ll dance the night away.

  14. Cori Traylor February 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm #



  15. mary b February 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    music is what makes my life worth living

  16. summer February 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    I’ve beem listening to the afropop pandora station a lot lately. Its perfect for fogeting the gray february portland weather. I’d love to check this out!

  17. Scotty February 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    Sounds like fun I would love to check them out.

  18. Laura B. February 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I got to hear Toubab for the 1st time at Rothbury Music Festival in 2009 and they blew my mind! My honey hasn’t gotten to experience their radness yet :) I’d love to take him! Plus we can take the bus to/from home, so we’ll be enjoying responsibly *wink* Thanks for the chance!

  19. Eric February 22, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    As versitile as a five headed chipmunk, send me

  20. nikki whitehair February 22, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    I love toubab and I’m pretty broke right now. It would be a pleasure to enjoy an evening listening to these guys, haven’t seen them since 2008.

  21. Lee February 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    I want the tickets to hang with my college roommate from Tennessee for her birthday, and to celebrate one of my hometown bands rockin out in my new home in Portland, OR!

  22. KATE February 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Free + awesome music = uber fun

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