The Soul Of Africa - Bassekou Kouyate

Two of Africa’s most famed musicians, Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyate, are touring together to showcase how the roots of American music and the blues derive from the sounds of Mali and West Africa.

The Soul Of Africa - Habib KoitéMalian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, and he takes some unique approaches to playing the guitar. He tunes his instrument to the pentatonic scale and plays on open strings as one would on a kamale n’goni. At other times Habib plays music that sounds closer to the blues or flamenco, two styles he studied under Khalilou Traoré a veteran of the legendary Afro-Cuban band Maravillas du Mali. Unlike the griots, his singing style is restrained and intimate with varying cadenced rhythms and melodies.


The Soul Of Africa - Bassekou KouyateGrammy nominated Bassekou Kouyate, descended from a long line of griots, is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. He is a virtuoso, innovator, stronghold of tradition all at the same time. “Kouyate can make notes bend like light rays in the desert heat,” wrote Time Out magazine. He has collaborated with many musicians in and outside of Mali and has shared the stage with the likes of Youssou N‘Dour, Ali Farka Toure, Bela Fleck, The Kronos Quartet, and Taj Mahal.

Koité and Kouyate will perform at The Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street on Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 pm. $30.00 advance, $35.00 door. All ages.

Celebration of Joni Mitchell

Celebration of Joni MitchellJoin guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Kathryn Grimm for her, Celebration of Joni Mitchell, as she recreates the music of Joni Mitchell. Hailed as one of the greatest performers of the past fifty years, Mitchell has created an amazing legacy of music including such as “Big Yellow Taxi,” “You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio,” “Both Sides Now,” “Free Man In Paris,” and many more. She has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joining Grimm for this special tribute will be guitarist Sonny Hess, bass player Leah Hinchcliff, and drummer Ward Griffiths.

The Blue Diamond, 2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $12.00 in advance at

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers

Tommy CastroNight after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. The road is where he honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge, and it’s where he learned how to captivate an audience with his intensely passionate vocals and his memorable songs, licks, and grooves. It’s where he learned to turn his band into a dynamic, high-performance engine, able to bring down the house with a soulful ballad and then bring fans to their feet with a blistering blues rocker. Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans and has always left them screaming for more. Castro is a six-time Blues Music Award winner, including taking home the coveted BB King Entertainer of the Year award twice.

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers (the band currently features bass player Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown) will be making a visit to Portland for a performance at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, on Friday, February 24 for an 8:00 pm show.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at for $20.00 or at the door day of show for $25.00. This event is open to minors under 21 when accompanied by a parent or guardian.