Daily Archives: June 18, 2009

Rock of ages: Babe the Blue Ox at The Brooklyn Historical Society

Babe the Blue Ox.

Babe the Blue Ox.

Babe the Blue Ox, a Brooklyn rock band that suddenly rejuvenated itself and started playing a lot of shows in the last year — after a long hiatus since its heyday in the 1990s — is kicking off its summer scheduled with an outdoor show at The Brooklyn Historical Society on Sunday.

The band just posted this announcement on facebook:

While we haven’t been around quite long enough to qualify as one of its exhibitions, the Brooklyn Historical Society seems a suitably odd place to play music, outside, without a real sound system to inhibit the “rock” from exploding off the sidewalk.

If you’re in the neighborhood or feel like taking a stroll down the fabulous Brooklyn Heights Promenade, we’ll be happy to do our best to fill your afternoon with mirth, and our formidable (musical) girth. – Tim, Eddie, Hanna and Rose

This will just be a short, free set. But BOX, which has been playing out quite a bit lately, has one more show scheduled. And I’m guessing there are more brewing.  The band is booked to play an Alt Cabaret show at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) on July 18, during the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at the awesome museum housed in a repurposed factory in Western Massachusetts. It’s a good distination for a weekend getaway. And if you’re wondering why the band is playing during a BoaC festival, here’s the answer: one of BOX’s founding members has a day job with the New Music organization!

Babe the Blue Ox performs at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street, Brooklyn. (718) 222-4111 Free.

Also appearing at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.    (413) MoCA1111. Click here for tickets and more information. $14 in advance.

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Vieux Farka Touré carries on the family tradition at Highline Ballroom

Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré

African singer Vieux Farka Touré put out his first album in 2006, the year his father, legendary world-blues singer and guitarist Ali Farka Touré died.

Since then, Vieux has been carrying on the family tradition, mixing the sounds of his native Mali with other influences from around the world. He’s stopping in NYC for a show this weekend, and it promises to be good one.

In a great new Q&A with The Ithaca Journal, Vieux talks about his influences and carrying on his father’s work:

I come from that tradition [of Malian music], I must be respectful of it, and I love it, too. But then, I’m 28 years old and I listen to music from everywhere like a lot of young people: bangra, reggaeton, hip hop, blues, rock and roll. Now this always surprises people, but I really like Phil Collins!

So obviously all that shows up in my music …that said, I will always have one foot firmly planted in Mali’s traditional music, and one foot in all kinds of new music. Our musical traditions are so rich and so vast, and I think all Malian musicians know that we have a responsibility to share this wealth with the rest of the world.

Click here for the full interview.

Vieux Farka Touré performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Manhattan. Click here for more information and tickets. $17 in advance, $20 day of show.