Thievery Corporation recently concluded its 10-week Babylon Falling Tour with a weekend pair of hometown shows at DC’s 9:30 Club on Dec. 21 and 22. The tour, which began Oct. 10 at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, hearkens back to the 2002 album The Richest Man in Babylon and its 2004 reworking, Babylon Rewound.
Listen to The Richest Man in Babylon by Thievery Corporation on Spotify:
Thievery Corporation was formed in the summer of 1995 at DC’s Eighteenth Street Lounge. Rob Garza and Lounge co-owner Eric Hilton were drawn together over their mutual love of club life, as well as dub, bossa nova, and jazz records.
They put together a home recording studio, which evolved into the pair’s own recording label, Eighteenth Street Lounge Music, today know as ESL Music. In the near quarter-century since Rob and Eric joined creative forces, Thievery Corporation has released 10 studio LPs, two remix collections, and two DJ mix albums.
In addition to Rob and Eric, Thievery Corporation features Ashish “Hash” Vyas (bass), Jeff “ Congo Sangez” Franco (drums), Rob Myers (guitar/sitar), Frank Orrall (precussion), Mr. Lif (MC), LouLou Ghelichkhani (vocals), Natala Clavier (vocals), Christopher “Puma” Smith (MC/vocals), Racquel Jones (vocals), Notch (vocals), Joe Herrera (trumpet), and Matt Rippetoe (saxophone).
Check out this YouTube video from Thievery Corporation’s website to get a look behind-the-scenes and on the stage from the group’s 2019 Babylon Falling Tour.
Enjoy some photos of Thievery Corporation performing at 9:30 Club on Dec. 21, 2019. All images copyright and courtesy of Ari Strauss.