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CHARLES NEVILLE with YOUSSOUPHA SIDIBE & THE MYSTIC RHYTHMS
March 13, 2012
- Tues. 8pm / $22
Charles Neville & Youssoupha Sidibe with The Mystic Rhythms Band have been astonishing audiences with amazing performances combining New Orleans and West African music with drums and bass creating a new kind of high energy music like nothing before. They released their groundbreaking first album “TREE OF LIFE” in early Nov 2010 coinciding with a West Coast USA Tour.
Grammy winning Charles Neville is a virtuoso Saxophone player with an astounding variety of styles most well know as a front man for the world famous Neville Brothers (“The Kings of New Orleans” - Conan Obrien). He has performed with the Neville Brothers for more than 30 years. Still so highly in demand, Charles and the Neville’s recently played Late Night with Conan Obrien, Late night with Jay Leno, they have performed on David Letterman , as well as performed on Saturday Night Live twice. In 2010 they headlined a show at the world famous amphitheater the Hollywood Bowl in LA to a full house. In addition to Charles’s stellar career with The Neville Brothers he has performed with some of the world’s most legendary musicians including: Ray Charles, James Brown, B.B. King, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Herbie Hancock, and many, many more. His brothers affectionately refer to him as "The Horn Man". His saxophone solo won him a Grammy in 1989 for his haunting rendition of Healing Chant on the Yellow Moon CD.
Youssoupha Sidibe is a Senegalese West African Kora (African Harp) player. Throw out all your ideas of what a harpist is, Youssoupha breaks out of traditional Kora styles many hundreds of years old, still predominant in Kora players.
Youssoupha's music provides an entertaining cultural experience, celebrating and exploring the vitality of African culture, and appeals to audiences on any levels. Youssoupha attended the Senegalese Conservatory of Music where he developed a virtuosity as a Kora player, combining techniques from both Western, Reggae, and African Music. He is a Baay Faal, Sufi and his music is a expression of his roots. He brings the spirit of Senegal Africa with him wherever he goes.