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Vashon Events & Jacob Bain present:
Saturday, February 9th
Doors at 6pm
Open Space for Arts & Community – Black Box Theatre
Tickets: $20 in advance $25 at the door if there are any left
Tickets: Click HERE
On Saturday, February 9th, we are hosting a very special, intimate concert of Tcheka, a Cape Verde International Touring Musician who will be making a special stop on Vashon Island.This concert will sell out. Buy your tickets now and read the story below.
Jacob Bain (of bands Trolls Cottage and Publish the Quest) has long been a musician who has found unique ways to combine his love of world travel with his passion for music. He has made friends with musicians from nearly every continent of the world. He has recorded music with them, performed at world festivals with them, and has created a musical bridge from their countries to ours. World music has influenced and inspired his life and his art. We like to call him the Ry Cooder of Vashon.
Jacob Bain and Vashon Events work closely together to create opportunities to bring these performers to Vashon Island so that we can all experience a little of this world music that gives us a chance to journey to remote parts of the world right from our own small island.
Tcheka is one of those artists. He is from Cape Verde, a nation on a volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa. Cape Verde is known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, traditional morna music and numerous beaches. In 2017, Vashon Events and Jacob Bain hosted Tcheka at a concert at the Vashon High School Theater. Then last year, Jacob, along with Pete Welch and Allison Shirk of Vashon Events and Oli Christophersen had the opportunity to visit with Tcheka at his current home in Portugal. We broke bread, jammed together, and spent time getting to know this incredibly talented and soulful artist.
On Saturday, February 9th, we are thrilled that Tcheka is returning to the US for a small tour and will stop by Vashon Island for an intimate concert at the Open Space Black Box Theater. There will be only 100 seats and this concert will sell out. We personally invite you to come and meet our friend.
In his own words, “As an island person, I get really happy when I visit other island communities far away. I’m super excited to be returning to Vashon Island in Washington, to re-connect with the amazing singer and homie, Jacob Bain. Thanks to my friends Pete Welch and Allison Jones Shirk of Vashon Events for organizing this concert.”
Tcheka is undoubtedly a young master of an art that he has invented. While referencing multiple Cape Verdean genres (batuku, funaná, finason, tabanka, morna, and coladera), Tcheka’s music is also a busy intersection of Caribbean, Brazilian, and African. It is also folk, jazz, blues, rock, literature, and anthropology. His liquid voice is incredibly soulful and his guitar style is unlike anything you’ve heard before. Together, his voice and guitar are breathtaking. It’s the kind of music that makes you lean in and hold your breath, punctuated by the moments when his charming stage presence comes through with his smile and joking nature.
Perhaps what Tcheka presents is a vision of what it means to be Creole in the age of globalization: to be a hybrid product of the historical forces of slavery, colonialism, and national independence. At the same time, he embodies what it is to be deeply affected by post-modern forces as well – by the growing inevitability of travel and trans-national encounters, by the emergence of new regimes of knowledge, art and capitalism, and by the increasing inseparability of technology and the human imagination.
This is a rare opportunity to see Tcheka, right here on Vashon Island – we hope that you can join us!
Tickets: Click HERE