Two musicians who defy easy classification— Lionel Loueke and Raul Midón —are hitting the road this summer for a North American tour that will feature joint performances from both guitarists. The tour kicks off June 15 in Florida and ends on June 30 in Montreal.
Loueke, who is coming off the release of his latest album, the critically acclaimed The Journey, combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African folk forms, and conventional and extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own.
A Blue Note recording artist and member of Herbie Hancock’s band for the past 15 years, Loueke has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, from trumpeter Terence Blanchard to singers Angelique Kidjo and Luciana Souza.
The New Mexico-born Midón combines soulful tenor vocals with a prodigious guitar technique influenced by flamenco and other Latin styles, jazz, R&B, and favorite singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell and James Taylor.
Blind since birth, Midón produced and engineered his 2017 album, Bad Ass and Blind, using special computer software for the blind. The album, which confronts the challenges of his blindness, received a 2018 Grammy nomination in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Album. Midón’s 2018 follow up release, If You Really Want, featuring the Metropole Orkest under the direction of Vince Mendoza, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy award in the same category.
Lionel Loueke and Raul Midón Tour dates:
Saturday, June 15
Bailey Hall – Davie, FL
Sunday, June 16
Triple Door– Seattle, WA
Monday, June 17
Kuumbwa Jazz Center – Santa Cruz, CA
Tuesday, June 18
Berkeley Jazz School (Master Class) – Berkeley, CA
Wednesday, June 19
Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA
Friday, June 21
Victoria Jazz Festival – Victoria, BC
Saturday, June 22
Disney Hall – Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, June 23
Museum of Music Making – Carlsbad, CA
Monday, June 24
Dazzle – Denver, CO
Wednesday, June 26
Rochester Jazz Fest – Rochester, NY
Thursday/Friday, June 27 & 28
Iridium Jazz Club – NYC
Saturday, June 29
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival – Saratoga, NY
Sunday, June 30
Upstairs Jazz –Montreal, QC