Event Pick: Malian musician Sidi Touré plays Creative Alliance

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NPR once praised the music of Malian vocalist and guitarist Sidi Touré for the way “it beckons listeners to come closer.” Nowhere is that more true than in the musician’s most recent release, “Toubalbero,” a danceable and texturally rich album that Rolling Stone said “electroshocks the acoustic folk sounds dominating his prior four albums.” 

Just listen to the track “Heyyeya” and you’ll understand what they mean.

Interestingly enough, for the last seven years, Touré’s music has been released on the label Thrill Jockey, best known for its post-rock releases by bands like Tortoise and for being the current or former home to a number of Baltimore bands, such as Future Islands, Double Dagger, Arbouretum and Matmos.

Tonight, Touré and his band headline the Creative Alliance, with support from the Baltimore-by-way-of-Australia band Smoke Bellow. And the venue assures there will be an open floor for dancing.

8 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $12-$18.

Brandon Weigel

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