Mdou Moctar & Eric Slick

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Mdou Moctar & Eric Slick

Skyler Skjelset

Sun, January 6, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Mdou Moctar - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Mdou Moctar
In the crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou Moctar stands apart from his peers. Playing in the repertoire of desert guitar popularized by groups like Tinariwen and Bombino, Mdou is pushing the boundaries of the genre with a unique personal sound. With versatile compositions and genre defying albums, Mdou’s music has been an underground success with an international following, set on redefining the sound of the desert.

Mdou Moctar hails from a small village in the Azawagh desert of Niger, a remote region steeped in religious tradition. As a child, he taught himself to play the a homemade guitars, cobbled together out of planks of wood. It was years later before he found a “real” guitar, teaching himself in secret. In an area where guitar music was all but prohibited, he quickly rose to the status of local celebrity amongst the village youth.

In 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album “Anar.” A psychedelic reworking of the Tuareg sound, the electronic tracks featured innovative pitch bending synths, drum machines, and autotune. In 2010, he teamed up with the label and collective Sahel Sounds, releasing his first international album, “Afelan.” In 2015, he co-wrote and starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, “Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red In It,” a Saharan remake of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” In 2017, he again shifted gears to another sound with “Sousoume Tamachek,” a mellow blissed out recording evoking the calm desert soundscape, tackling religion, spirituality, and matters of the heart.

In the past years, Tuareg rock music has gotten faster. There is a preference for this new style, both in the raucous weddings of Agadez and in Berlin rock clubs. The wavering guitar solos, rapid fire drums and heavy distortion has become characteristic of the contemporary sound. Mdou takes on this challenge, but with an ear towards tradition. Rooted in traditional, with borrowed polyrhythms of traditional « takamba » and lyrics sung in the style of old nomadic poets, his guitar playing is wild and unrelenting, equal parts nomadic bard and Eddie Van Halen. Mdou Moctar and his band have toured Europe and North America, playing sold out shows from small DIY rock clubs in Portland to New York City’s Lincoln Center. His music has been featured in the BBC, The Guardian, Pitchfork, New Yorker, L.A. Weekly, NPR, Rolling Stone, Les Inrocks, and his film continues to be screened at film festivals around the world. From underground star of Niger to international film star, Mdou Moctar has undoubtedly one of the quickest rises to success.
Eric Slick - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Eric Slick
Eric Slick is a singer, songwriter, and drummer from Philadelphia, PA. He is best known for his work with Dr. Dog, Natalie Prass, Lithuania, and Adrian Belew. Slick released his debut solo album Palisades on April 21, 2017 to positive reviews from Consequence of Sound and Tidal, in which Greg Saunier of Deerhoof rated the album "10 out of 10 stars.” In his free time, he runs and operates Least Records.
Skyler Skjelset - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Skyler Skjelset
I'm a musician from Seattle living in New York. I have had a band called Fleet Foxes for a little over a decade and have also played in a few other bands including Beach House, the Walkmen (and all of their subsequent solo endeavors), Philly's own Light Heat, and my own improv drums, sax, and guitar trio, Japanese Guy. I have three full length records that have mainly focused on improv as composition, as well as two EP's that utilize drone. Over the time of more than the last year, I have been working on a fourth full length record. In a live context, my music has a tendency to be a bit long form, sometimes slightly aggressive, with a focus on repetition and textural elements. Usually I perform with keyboards and drum machines, but occasionally I'll use a guitar if it feels appropriate.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125