No time for a full review, but I will say I saw one of the most amazing and magical concert performances of my life last night. Vieux Farka Toure is the son of the great Malian songwriter-guitarist Ali Farka Toure who died of cancer in 2006. I was greatly saddened at never getting to see him perform, but this made up for it more than a little. His son is a superb performer and the band was incredibly tight and just a blast to watch. The personnel close to the same as in the video above, but with a different bassist and rhythm guitarist. My only intoxicant was a ginger manhattan I nursed through the evening, but there were times I felt like I was tripping at a great Dead show. Toure reminds me of a hybrid of Garcia and Hendrix backed by an incredibly soulful african groove. This guy is going places. The drummer you see in the video looked completely out of place when he came on stage with three huge and very dark-skinned Malians (the bassist and rhythm guitarist I saw were similar in appearance to Toure). It looked like they had grabbed some skinny white hipster to play as a joke. He quickly showed he belonged. The guy was just incredible and powered an awesome groove all night long.
Vieux just concluded a US tour, but he says he’ll be back every six months or so. If you get a chance do not miss these guys.