Mesmerizing world guitarist Bombino is returning to Nashville for a performance at Exit/In on April 2. Although he spent years performing in his home country of Niger, everything changed when he traveled to Nashville in 2012 to being work on his second album with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. The result of their collaboration was his breakthrough album, Nomad, which made him one of the most talked-about artists of 2013.
Just one day after the release of his followup effort, Azel, Bombino will hit the stage here in the Music City to share some of his new material. New York based folk-rockers Last Good Tooth will also be on hand for support, so why haven’t you gotten your ticket yet? You can grab yours here right now. Lucky for you, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets for this killer show. Click below to find out more about the lineup and to enter for your chance to win!
Omara Moctar, better known as Bombino, who we first introduced you to ahead of Bonnaroo a couple years back, is a Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from Niger who made headlines with his incredible second career album, Nomad, which was released in 2013. After being forced to flea from his native country during the Tuareg rebellion in 1990, he was taken under the wing of acclaimed guitarist Haja Bebe. Over the years, he returned to his hometown of Agadez, honed his craft and assembled a band, Group Bombino. When the government banned guitars for being a “symbol of rebellion,” many of Bombino’s musician friends were executed and he was forced to go into hiding.
In 2010, the conflict was over and Bombino was once again free to record and perform his music. His debut album, Agadez, was released in 2011 and earned the interest of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who would go on to produce Bombino’s second LP, Nomad. The album topped both the iTunes and Billboard charts, and earned praise from critics and fans alike.
Now, Bombino is preparing to release his third career album, Azel, on April 1. The record was produced by the Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, and features a more evolved rock-inspired sound. If you make it out to his show at Exit/In, you’ll be among the first to hear his latest material live.
LAST GOOD TOOTH
Moody NYC-based folk rockers Last Good Tooth are hard to classify as a band. Their sound wanders from plucky, Sufjan-esque melodies to dark and reflective, riff-driven guitar tracks. It’s an experimental but inspired sound that keeps you interested through every musical twist and turn. Make sure you get there early so you can humble-brag about seeing these guys before everyone else.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 18+ to attend. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Thursday, March 31 at 3 p.m. CDT, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Bombino and Last Good Tooth will perform Saturday, April 2 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15-18.