For Immediate Release
The Volland Foundation, 24098 Volland Road, Alma, Kansas
Saturday, October 14, 2023
Concert at 7pm | Doors at 5pm
An Evening with Bombino
Tickets at Eventbrite | $25 www.vollandfoundation.org
Tuareg guitarist Bombino's folk-rock, blues music has long brought people together around its distinct sound. Marrying the guitar-focused music he gravitated to in his teens - Dire Straights, Jimi Hendrix, and others - with local inspirations like Tinariwen and Ali Farka Toure, plus Berber rhythms, Bombino's music is enthralling and abiding.
His acoustic concert at Volland comes at an exciting time for the "Sultan of Shred," who's latest album Sahel - one of the artist's most politically minded and personal works yet - arrives in mid-September. Born in a nomadic Tuareg encampment in 1980, Bombino's early life was shaped in large part by the political upheaval happening in the Sahara Desert. By the mid-90s Bombino was showing real promise as a guitarist. "Working as a herder in the desert near Tripoli, Libya, [he] spent many hours alone watching the animals and practicing his guitar." In the late 2000s and early 2010s he hit the international stage, recording in the United States, participating in documentaries, and sharing the blues, all while witnessing another period of conflict among tribes in his homeland.
The concert at Volland will be the final US performance on Bombino’s 2023 World Tour.
The concert begins at 7pm at The Volland Ruin, 24098 Volland Road, Alma, Kansas. Doors open at 5pm with food trucks and the Manhattan Caravan Co. bar truck. Setting the tone for the evening, live camels will make an appearance on the grounds, and Flint Hills camel rancher Valeri Crenshaw will be available to talk about camels and answer questions.
Inside the gallery, local author K.L. Barron will be available for conversation about her first novel, Thirst. Set in the Sahel Desert and informed by her time in Niger with the Peace Corps, Thirst is the inspiration for bringing Bombino to Volland. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
Make sure to bring a lawn chair and dress for the weather. The concert will be outside at the Ruin. No outside food or drink and no pets. Admission is $25 + tax. Tickets are limited and may be purchased through a link at www.vollandfoundation.org.