Bombino -- Musical Instrument Museum -- 4/12/2014

Categories: Last Night


It was easy to see why Auerbach would be attracted to Bombino, and why the fit was a natural. Both men are blues players, but neither follows the completely traditional lines, opting instead to rely on feeling. There was plenty of that on this night -- even the lone stage dancer seemed to be carried away in the moment.

For Bombino, his 90-minute show left little doubt where his heart lays. It's in his homeland and in his music, which thankfully he's willing to share with the world.

Last Night: Bombino

Personal Bias: Always a big fan of grooving, hypnotic "desert blues" from West Africa.

Overheard: In the hall on the way outside: "I didn't expect it to get so loud in there -- but I liked the way it sounded."

Audience: Wide-ranging demographic that surprisingly covered all the bases.

Random Notebook Dump: "Dan Auerbach and Bombino -- in making Nomad they couldn't speak the same language, but the language of music was more than enough."

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