Toubab Krewe launches the second wave of summer tour with release of "Fire"
A new single featuring Jamaican legends Lukani, Earl Smith and Leroy Wallace
Fresh from widely praised performances at Rothbury (read our review here), where members of the band joined The Dead on percussion during their headlining July 4th set, Toubab Krewe launches into the second leg of their summer tour with the release of a new single, "Fire." The collaborative new song was recorded recently at reggae guitar legend Earl Smith's front porch home-studio in Kingston, Jamaica and features Lukani (vocals), Smith (guitar) and Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace (drums).
Toubab Krewe kicks off the tour aboard the first annual Toubab Kruise in New York City on July 15. The band will bring its dance-party inducing fusion of rock 'n' roll and West African music to the boat as it sails along the East River, heading through the New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty.
Special guest Earl Smith will join Toubab Krewe on guitar at all of the upcoming shows through August 1. Perhaps the most sought after guitarist in reggae, Smith has performed and recorded with everyone from Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and Burning Spear to more recent pop icons like Lauren Hill, Erykah Badu and Joss Stone.
Toubab Krewe plans to spend much of August in the studio recording a new full length album (details TBA).
An extensive fall tour is also in the works, with confirmed dates including the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco (October 8) and the Joshua Tree Music Festival (October 10).
A short video taken of the band's time in Jamaica during the recording can be seen here:
Upcoming Summer Tour Dates:
07/15/09 Wed The Rocks Off Concert Cruise New York, NY
07/17/09 Fri Festivus for the Restivus (Manifestivus) Cabot, VT
07/18/09 Sat Festivus for the Restivus (Manifestivus) Cabot, VT
07/24/09 Fri Floyd Fest Floyd, VA
07/25/09 Sat Floyd Fest Floyd, VA
07/31/09 Fri Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
08/01/09 Sat Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
08/07/09 Fri Sweet Pea Festival Bozeman, MT
08/13/09 Thu Camp Barefoot Music Festival Gore, VA
08/14/09 Fri St. Clair Park Greensburg, PA
08/21/09 Fri The Blind Tiger Greensboro, NC
08/22/09 Sat The Blind Tiger Greensboro, NC
09/17/09 Thu Legend's Music Hall Boone, NC
09/19/09 Sat Exit/In Nashville, TN
09/20/09 Sun Levitt Shell Memphis, TN
09/30/09 Wed Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
10/08/09 Thu Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
10/10/09 Sat Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival Joshua Tree, CA
10/30/09 Fri Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
01/03/10 Sun Jam Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
01/04/10 Mon Jam Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
01/05/10 Tue Jam Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
01/06/10 Wed Jam Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
01/07/10 Thu Jam Cruise Fort Lauderdale, FL
For more on Toubab Krewe see our recent feature/interview here.