Bombino hasn't performed much in the U.S. prior to the promotional push for his Dan Auberbach produced record, Nomad, so it was a real treat to watch him and his band tear it up. We were seriously excited over the fact that Bombino's show featured a dedicated pedal steel player/percussionist, but it turned out that the truly transcendent moments came later when Amadou and Miram took the stage.
Not only was their band large and in charge, but the sheer magnetism of Amadou and Miram themselves was what really stole the show. Halfway through their set (which was approximately two hours long), the band left the stage and let the couple lead a song on their own. Watching them perform by themselves was very tender and evocative, but the return of the band to the stage transformed that tenderness into an exciting, neo-new wave jam that seriously upped the ante for the night.Summer Concert Guide and get yourself to the next concert on our list, Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Celebrate Brooklyn and The Spanish Harlem Orchestra at the Midsummer Night Swing, both going down this Friday night!