Vieux Farka Touré in Pittsburgh (10/26 @ Carnegie Lecture Hall)

@ Carnegie Lecture Hall
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
7:30 pm / $20-35 / All Ages – –

Vieux Farka Touré’s new album, Mon Pays (out now on Six Degrees Records) has been receiving strong press accolades, with Rolling Stone picking it as a “Summer Must Hear Album” and calling it, “A record that pays homage to the beauty and culture of his country as a whole.”  Vieux has just wrapped up the first leg of his North American tour and is now set to return to the US for 13 more shows (more to be announced).

The album title Mon Pays translates as ‘My Country.’ This predominantly acoustic undertaking had been planned before the Mali invasions began. Inspired by his work with Israeli pianist and vocalist Idan Raichel, Touré initially went into a Bamako studio to honor the acoustic blues tradition of Northern and Southern Mali. Since that time, Mon Pays transformed into an artifact of cultural preservation.

The conflict in Mali includes a ban on music and a resurgence of slavery.  The song “Peace” (which video premiered recently on is directly inspired by this situation. The instrumental gem features Sidiki Diabate’s (son of Toumani Diabate) kora leading an emotional charge complemented by Touré’s spectacular guitar work.

Vieux has also started a foundation to give back to Mali (  AMAHREC is apolitical, non-denominational and non-profit. It is dedicated to addressing the problems of rural self-empowerment. It is open to all people and organizations willing to contribute towards achieving the goals of the association, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or religion.

Vieux returns to North America in October for another wave of shows on the East Coast.  Don’t miss what the Los Angeles Times observed, “Vieux has earned the title “the Jimi Hendrix of Sahara… Whether through absorption or accident, tones throughout the evening suggested guitarists ranging from Robert Fripp of King Crimson and Andy Summers of the Police to Jimmy Page, John Lee Hooker and Pat Metheny.”

Tour Dates:

10/11/13 @ Atlas Performing Arts Center – Washington, DC

10/12/13 @ Arden Concert Gild – Arden, DE

10/13/13 @ Zoellner Arts Center – Bethlehem, PA

10/16/13 @ Weis Center for the Performing Arts – Lewisburg, PA

10/18/13 @ McCarter Theatre Center – Princeton, NJ

10/19/13 @ Creative Alliance – Baltimore, MD

10/20/13 @ Lake Eden Arts Festival – Black Mountain, NC

10/23/13 @ Johnny D’s – Somerville, MA

10/24/13 @ The Sanctuary for Independent Media – Troy, NY

10/25/13 @ Crowell Concert Hall – Middleton, CT

10/26/13 @ Carnegie Lecture Hall – Pittsburgh, PA

10/27/13 @ Culture Center Theater – Charleston, WV

10/29/13 @ Live @365 at Elebash Hall – New York, NY

More To Be Announced


Pickathon 2013 Announce Dates and Lineup! Aug. 2 – Aug. 4 In Happy Valley, OR

Pickathon is turning 15 and, like a fine wine, it just keeps getting better! Happening Friday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 4th at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, OR (a mere 15 minutes from downtown Portland), this year promises to be the best ever. Since day one, the idea behind Pickathon has always been pretty simple: what does it take to be the best weekend festival of the year for music lovers? This question has driven Pickathon to highly refine an experience that has few peers.

Innovation has always been at the center of this process and through the years many important elements have come together; collaborating widely on yearly diverse lineups that are built on the idea of great music being the sole criteria; refining six unique performance venues designed to create juxtaposing alternate realities; trusting important decisions can be discussed and made with our online community such as maintaining a low crowd density; becoming the only large music festival to eliminate plastic and minimize single use items; recruiting the finest food and drink purveyors in the land; focusing constantly on eliminating “normal” festival hassles, and the list goes on.

This year’s lineup is truly a high point in Pickathon’s existence. We are pleased to welcome Feist, Andrew Bird, Divine Fits, Sharon Van Etten, The Devil Makes Three, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Vieux Farka Touré, Howe Gelb, Lady, Shabazz Palaces, The Felice Brothers, Tift Merritt, Wayne Hancock, Marco Benevento, The Lone Bellow, Dale Watson, Foxygen, Parquet Courts, Breathe Owl Breathe, White Fence, Yellowbirds, and so much more! The full lineup is below (though there might be a few surprises along the way, so stay tuned). Also, remember, each band is at the festival for two days, playing two sets on two of six very unique stages! Where else can you see a band play an outdoor festival set in front of thousands and the next night, witness the same band in a sweaty and rollicking rock club environment? Only at Pickathon!

Pickathon founder Zale Schoenborn spoke with SPIN Magazine, which premiered the lineup this morning along with the interview. Read more about what makes year 15 special on

Watch the Pickathon 2013 festival teaser here:

Tickets are on-sale today! Purchase them here:


Andrew Bird
Divine Fits
The Devil Makes Three
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Sharon Van Etten
Shabazz Palaces
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
Vieux Farka Touré
Howe Gelb
The Felice Brothers
Tift Merritt
The Lone Bellow
Dale Watson
Wayne Hancock
Marco Benevento
Ginny Hawker
Parquet Courts
King Tuff
Breathe Owl Breathe
Lake Street Dive
Dirk Powell
Lightning Dust
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole
JD McPherson
White Fence
Foghorn Stringband
Shakey Graves
Caleb Klauder Country Band
Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys
I Draw Slow
Leo Rondeau
Malcolm Holcombe
Pure Bathing Culture
Sturgill Simpson
Old Light
The Cactus Blossoms
Pharis & Jason Romeo
Pickathon Squaredance with Caller Caroline Oakley

Diane Ferlatte
Cardboard Songsters
Cat Doorman
Circus Cascadia
Trackers Earth