Taj Mahal Tour/Album

TAJ MAHAL ANNOUNCES 40TH ANNIVERARY TOUR TO COINCIDE WITH RELEASE OF MAESTRO

Taj Mahal
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal, a two-time GRAMMY® winner and one of the most influential American blues and roots artists of the past half-century, will embark on a nationwide tour in the final months of 2008 in support of Maestro, his September 30 release on Heads Up International. Maestro, Taj's first U.S. recording in five years, marks the 40th anniversary of his rich and diverse recording career by mixing original material with chestnuts from vintage sources and newcomers alike. Guests on this anniversary gala include Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Angelique Kidjo, Los Lobos, Ziggy Marley and others – many of whom have been directly influenced by Taj's music and guidance.

Much more than just a tribute to past glories, Maestro captures the same level of intensity and depth that has characterized every one of Taj's recordings since his self-titled debut album in 1968. Simply put, four decades have done nothing to dilute his energy quotient. "The one thing I've always demanded of the records I've made is that they be danceable," he says. "This record is danceable, it's listenable, it has lots of different rhythms, it's accessible, it's all right in front of you. It's a lot of fun, and it represents where I am at this particular moment in my life."

Taj's live show is a reflection of that same rhythm, accessibility and fun that characterize the new recording.

Tour Dates
07/27/08 Sun Central Park SummerStage New York, NY
08/13/08 Wed Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM
09/05/08 Fri Lowell Summer Music Series - Boarding House Park Lowell, MA
09/06/08 Sat Long Island Summer Festival Oyster Bay, NY
09/13/08 Sat Arroyo Verde Park Ventura, CA
09/20/08 Sat Bull Durham Blues Festival Durham, NC
09/25/08 Thu Napa Valley Opera House Napa, CA
09/26/08 Fri Cascade Theatre Redding, CA
09/27/08 Sat Van Duzer Theatre Arcata, CA
09/28/08 Sun Tower Theatre Bend, OR
10/02/08 Thu Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
10/03/08 Fri Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
10/04/08 Sat B.B. King Blues Club New York, NY
10/05/08 Sun Duke Ellington Jazz Festival Washington, DC
10/09/08 Thu Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
10/10/08 Fri Chicago Humanities Festival - Morse Theater Chicago, IL
10/11/08 Sat Chicago Humanities Festival - Morse Theater Chicago, IL
10/12/08 Sun Fitzgerald Theater Saint Paul, MN
10/15/08 Wed University Theatre Missoula, MT
10/16/08 Thu Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium Idaho Falls, ID
10/17/08 Fri Egyptian Theater Boise, ID
10/18/08 Sat The Depot Salt Lake City, UT
10/21/08 Tue Fox Tucson Theatre Tucson, AZ
10/22/08 Wed Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
10/23/08 Thu House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
10/25/08 Sat The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
11/01/08 Sat Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Troy, NY
11/03/08 Mon Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield, ME
11/04/08 Tue Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield, ME
11/05/08 Wed Garde Arts Center New London, CT
11/06/08 Thu Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
11/07/08 Fri Mahaiwe Theater Great Barrington, MA
11/08/08 Sat Narrows Center For The Arts Fall River, MA
11/21/08 Fri Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
11/22/08 Sat Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
11/23/08 Sun Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
11/25/08 Tue Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
11/26/08 Wed Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
11/28/08 Fri Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
11/29/08 Sat Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
11/30/08 Sun Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
01/24/09 Sat Rhythm & Blues Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
01/25/09 Sun Rhythm & Blues Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
01/26/09 Mon Rhythm & Blues Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
01/27/09 Tue Rhythm & Blues Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
01/28/09 Wed Rhythm & Blues Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
01/29/09 Thu Rhythm & Blues Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
01/30/09 Fri Rhythm & Blues Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
01/31/09 Sat Rhythm & Blues Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL

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[Published on: 7/23/08]

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Comments

granola Wed 7/23/2008 06:39PM
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why no southern love

Harry Hood starstarstarstar Wed 7/23/2008 06:57PM
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Harry Hood

yeah seriously, come to da atl!

btw, sts9 and umphreys on aug 1 & 2 are gonna be the shit!

womp womp womp

iwantstogetfunkedup starstarstarstar Wed 7/23/2008 07:46PM
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Yeah! Taj at the fillmore! He's the man...Saw him at Yoshis in SF and it was sick

granola Wed 7/23/2008 07:56PM
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yea ive only got to see him play a short set at langerado one year and it was great i would love to get another chance

Gigger starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/23/2008 09:16PM
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taj at oberlin college in a tiny church? see ya there...

Lord-K. starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/23/2008 09:46PM
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Lord-K.

Hope to make it to the Chicago shows...long time listener and say him for the 1st time at Rothbury. Living legend indeed.

Flat5 Thu 7/24/2008 01:01AM
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I saw Taj for the first and only time sit in with WSP in 2000 in phoenix AZ at the celebrity theater! she caught the katy baby!!!!!

granola Thu 7/24/2008 06:50AM
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How do me and Harry Hood get thumbed down for wanting to see him come to the south?

funkyriddims Thu 7/24/2008 07:25AM
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funkyriddims

Taj is a living legend. One of my all time favorites. One of my favorite Taj moments...Sept. 11, 2001-Flagstaff, AZ. The crowd was really subdued, not really knowing if we should be dancing and singing having watched the tragedy of 911 on TV for the last 12 hours. Taj says to the crowd something along the lines(I dont remember exactly) of-Music is forcelebrating but also for healing and mourning,and this is how we heal. Now get up and dance! And then proceeded to play a fantastic show, with everyone dancing and raising the roof like we were at church on sunday. Taj is the shit.

MoFishwater Thu 7/24/2008 07:46AM
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Man I hate uneducated electronica (not even a word) kids! While your out buying glow sticks, stop by the record store buy some real music!

granola Thu 7/24/2008 07:48AM
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ssuceat what the hell are you talking about? Where did that come from?

silent_J Thu 7/24/2008 07:50AM
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How come Vibes isn't on that list of dates. Saturday should be sweet, Kreutzmann, then Gordo, then Taj, and end the night with 4hrs of Phil!!!

discocham Thu 7/24/2008 07:58AM
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discocham

I missed him at Rothbury...just to much going on. I agree that he should come to the south. He is amazing on record, I can only imagine live.

WARPAR Thu 7/24/2008 08:24AM
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saw Taj back in Feb. in VA and it was incredible. If anyone gets the chance to see him live on this tour, definitely go.

hisla Thu 7/24/2008 09:08AM
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I talked to Taj on the phone about 3 years ago. My bro called me from backstage at his show in Charleston and said he someone wanted to say hi to me. I talked to him for a few minutes and he was cool as hell. Not only a damn fine fine musician, but a hell of a guy too.

howod starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/24/2008 10:17AM
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howod

I posted the following on DailyKos this morning and got a decent response:

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Taj was kind enough to play a private concert for me and my friends when one of our crew decided to take his own life. Taj performed an amazingly thoughtful and reverent show in my friend's honor at the Egg in Albany, NY.

So here is my one small way of paying him back. Taj is currently touring as part of a trio and his new album is called "Maestro". You can find out more by going here or to his official site

Tour Dates below the fold!

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Taj was kind enough to play a private concert for me and my friends when one of our crew decided to take his own life. Taj performed an amazingly thoughtful and reverent show in my friend's honor at the Egg in Albany, NY. So here is my one small way of paying him back. Taj is currently touring as part of a trio and his new album is called "Maestro". You can find out more by going here or to his official site.

Tour Dates below the fold!

09.25 Napa, CA Napa Valley Opera House

09.26 Redding, CA Cascade Theater

09.27 Arcata, CA Van Duzer Theatre

09.28 Bend. OR Tower Theatre

10.02 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre

10.03 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall

10.04 TBA

10.05 Washington D.C. Duke Ellington Jazz Festival

10.09 Oberlin, OH Finney Chapel at Oberlin College

10.10 Chicago, IL Morse Theatre

10.11 Chicago, IL Morse Theatre

10.12 Minneapolis, MN Fitzgerald Theater

10.15 Missoula, MT University Theater

10.16 Idaho Falls, ID Idaho Falls Performing Arts Center

10.17 Boise, ID Egyptian Theatre

10.18 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot

10.19 TBA

10.21 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre or Fox

10.22 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern

10.23 TBA

10.25 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore (Featuring Phantom Blues Band and Special Guests)

11.01 Troy, NY Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

11.03 Brownfield, ME Stone Mountain Arts Center

11.04 Brownfield, ME Stone Mountain Arts Center

11.05 New London, CT Garde Arts Center

11.06 Wilmington, DE The Grand Opera House

11.07 Great Barrington, MA The Mahaiwe Theatre

11.08 Fall River, MA Narrows Center for the Arts

11.21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 Seattle, WA Jazz Alley

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/24/2008 10:46AM
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sunnbear

He's in Ventura(my backyard!) with Little Feat on Sept. 13. I am SOOOOOO there!

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/1/2008 02:07PM
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MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks

Check out: Live at Ronnie Scott's. One of the best live shows in my collection.