With the support of the Woodstock Inn Brewery, the newly renovated Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, NH is pleased to present Grammy Nominated desert blues guitarist Bombino Friday, June 14.
For centuries, the desert town of Agadez has served as a converging point for the great camel caravans driven by the Tuareg that link West Africa with North Africa and the Mediterranean. Born in 1980 at a nomadic camp near this dusty outpost, the young guitarist and songwriter Omara “Bombino” Moctar was raised during an era of the struggle for Tuareg independence. He was exiled from Niger after the government banned guitars. Bombino’s electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré not to mention rock and blues icons such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page.
According to the New York Times “North African desert blues has arguably become the most successful world music genre to break through since reggae, and few have wielded the guitar with mastery and majesty as Bombino.”
General Admission tickets for the 8 PM LIVE! at The Colonial performance are $33 for general admission tickets; Colonial, Catamount Arts and St. Kieran’s Community Center for the Arts, Gem Theater and Loading Dock members $28. Reserved Front & Centers seats (available on-line only) are $43. Tickets are available in advance while they last at Maia Papaya Cafe, Bethlehem, or Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury or www.BethlehemColonial.org. The doors open at 7 PM withrefreshments including beer and wine on the patio. For more information about this or upcoming live events find The Colonial on Facebook (Facebook.com/BethlehemColonial), follow The Colonial on twitter (@ColonialNH), visit the Colonial on line or tune in to North Country Community Radio, WZNC, broadcasting from atop the historic Colonial Theatre at 99.9 on the FM dial.