The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is proud to present an evening of acoustic music with recording artist Josh Ritter and special guest Gregory Alan Isakov on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8 PM
The Open Door is the contemporary worship service of the First United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Indiana, held every Sunday at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Service begins at 11:15 AM.
$10 Advance, $15 Day of Show (General Admission Seating)
The 20th-Annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival begins with an evening of stellar music from West Africa, featuring Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba (from Mali) and Noura Mint Seymali (from Mauritania).
Bassekou Kouyate is a master of the traditional West African spiked lute, or ngoni. His eight-piece ensemble Ngoni Ba combines the energy of a rock band with the soulful call-and-response energy of a gospel group. “A virtuoso picker and musical visionary whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music, Bassekou has jammed with Bonnie Raitt and Bono, won praise from Eric Clapton. He’s also dug into blues and country music with Taj Mahal and created freewheeling improvisations with banjo maverick Bela Fleck” (Subpop).
Nour Mint Seymali performs a blend of Afro-pop and desert blues that draws on a deep traditional roots. Her ensemble has traditional instruments at its core — ardine (harp), tidinit (lute), and t’beul (bowl drum) — with Western bass and drum kit to round out the sound. Since 1994, Lotus has presented an impressive array of African artists on its stages; it’s only right that we start our twentieth festival with some of the best African artists currently touring the world.
This year’s Festival is part of “Lotus at 20” – a year-long celebration of the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation’s twenty years in the Bloomington community.
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