Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars to Join Greg Garing Tonight at Logue's Black Raven Emporium

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 4:24 PM

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Greg Garing is scheduled to play at Logue's Black Raven Emporium tonight with Ricko Donovan and Tim Carroll, and Garing just let us know that Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, who happen to be passing through town this week, are going to come jam with Garing's band and play a set by themselves.

The Refugee All Stars played a show at 3rd & Lindsley on May 14. Here's Jim Ridley's Critics' Pick for that show:

Back in 2006, a half-full house turned out at The Belcourt for a show folks are still talking about — and not just because Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry showed up halfway through and sat in for the rest of the night. The players may have met in refugee camps in Guinea after fleeing civil war in their native Sierra Leone — they bear scars and missing limbs as testimony to the horrors they witnessed — but their burbling Afro-Caribbean grooves revel in joy, high spirits and snake-hipped rhythms, and frontman Ruben Koroma exudes a force of personality that could dislodge the stubbornest ass from its seat. (This being Nashville, he’ll put that to the test.) They’re currently touring behind a new album, Libation, that celebrates the 10-year anniversary of their debut; go, and you’ll have reason to celebrate too. JIM RIDLEY

And here's a story I wrote about the group prior to that 2006 performance.

We've also heard rumblings that the Refugee All Stars have done some recording with Garing and a few folks over the last couple of days. If we get more details, we'll keep you posted. This should be a pretty exceptional evening, and Logue's is a fun, intimate little venue. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have endured hardships very few of us can even begin to fathom, and their performances are a testament to the power of music and the human spirit. This will likely be a party of epic proportions.

The schedule, according to Logue's Facebook page, has Donovan at 7 p.m., Carroll at 8 and Garing at 9, and then, of course, the Refugee All Stars.

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