Downtempo duo Thievery Corporation formed at the height of lounge culture in the mid ‘90s but Rob Garza and Eric Hilton make music perhaps even more powerful and relevant to our increasingly interconnected world today. Thievery Corporation are now coming home for a three-night run at 9:30 Club. While the first two nights have sold out, tickets are still available for the show on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Big Samir hails from Brussels, Belgium, and Aja Black was born in Queens, New York. Together, they are The Reminders, a hip hop/soul duo who got a lot of attention with their first two albums -– 2008’s Recollect and 2012’s Born Champions.
More immediately, The Reminders joined DC’s Thievery Corporation for a run of dates as an opening act on Thievery’s 20th anniversary tour, which ended with three sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. (Check out Paivi’s pictures of Thievery Corporation from Friday night’s show.)
Thievery Corporation will release a new studio album, The Temple of I & I, on Feb. 10, 2017, via their own ESL Music. In the run-up to that release, Eric Hilton and Rob Garza recruited collaborators new and old for a 20th anniversary tour, which culminated in three sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday last week.
If you’re heading to one of three sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club to see Thievery Corporation tonight, Friday, or Saturday, you’ll hear some new songs from the collective from their upcoming new album.
Thievery Corporation are set to release their Jamaican-inspired studio album The Temple of I & I on Feb. 10, 2017, via their own ESL Music. The band recently debuted two songs from the album, “Let the Chalice Blaze” and “Letter to the Editor.”
Said Thievery’s Eric Hilton of the record, “The innovation, spirit and power of Jamaican music is a constant source of creative manna for us. On the musical map, Jamaica is an entire continent. Frankly, we could have spent a year there, soaking up the vibes in the air and the strength and resilience resonating from the people. And for us, the only way to connect with this rich source of inspiration was to work in that environment — to feel the pulse of the place.”
Listen to “Let the Chalice Blaze” by Thievery Corporation on YouTube:
Listen to “Letter to the Editor” by Thievery Corporation on YouTube:
Thievery Corporation went to Geejam Studios in Port Antonio, Jamaica, to record the new album in February 2015. Eric and Rob Garza took along with them contributors like guitarist Robbie Myers.
Other tracks on the album include “Thief Rockers,” featuring new vocalist Racquel Jones, who livens up the album considerably!
“We’ve been waiting years to find a conscious, brilliant, female Jamaican singer and MC. As a model and former Miss Jamaica contestant, you’d never expect the pure lyrical fire and tough delivery could come out of her. It’s impressive,” said Eric.
Keep your ears peeled for those new songs and more at the 9:30 Club!
Thursday, Dec. 15-Saturday, Dec. 17
It is said that each show by the Thievery Corporation is a unique party onto itself. We in DC will experience then three parties in a row when the Thievery Corporation cap off a short tour with three dates at the 9:30 Club on Dec. 15, 16, and 17 next week.
The Thievery Corporation hit the road on Wednesday this month to perform in Atlanta on the road back home for the three sold-out dates at the 9:30 Club. Rob Garza and Eric Hilton have marked 20 years together as of 2016, which is reason enough to hit the road, but Thievery Corporation also is preparing for an eighth studio album, to be titled “Temple of I and I,” scheduled for release in February.
In concert, the downtempo duo is usually augmented by a collection of musicians who fill out the sound of the band, making for a dynamic live experience. Rob and Eric play electronics, mixing various world beats from reggae, bossa nova, and more into their chill-out music, while their supporting musicians play guitars and drums and add vocals.
Watch Thievery Corporation perform a 30-minute set, including “Forgotten People,” “Le Monde,” “All That We Perceive,” “Amerimacka,” and “Culture of Fear,” for KEXP in Seattle on Oct. 5, 2016:
According to a press release, the next Thievery Corporation album will continue to provide social and political commentary often found in the band’s music, particularly their album Culture of Fear from 2011.
The 9:30 Club dates may be sold out, but you can find other opportunities to buy Thievery Corporation tickets via Songkick.
Here are the Thievery Corporation tour dates for December 2016:
12/7 Atlanta, Ga. – Tabernacle
12/8 Richmond, Va. – The National
12/9 New York City, N.Y. – Terminal 5
12/10 Philadelphia, Pa. – The Fillmore
12/12 Portland, Maine – State Theatre
12/13 Boston, Mass. House of Blues
12/14 New Haven, Conn. College St Music Hall
12/15 D.C. – 930 Club
12/16 D.C. – 930 Club
12/17 D.C. – 930 Club
Thursday, Dec. 15-Saturday, Dec. 17
Much of Pittsburgh has been embracing a new economy that encompasses industries outside of its traditional steel-town past. Thrill Mill Inc., a nonprofit that provides local entrepreneurs with free resources to grow business, supports the growth of Pittsburgh companies in new frontiers.
To call attention to its mission and raise some money to fund these resources, Thrill Mill this week presents the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival. Starting on Tuesday, Thrival Innovation + Music Festival presents programming around the city to position Pittsburgh as the world leader in post-industrial economic development, and the festival caps the week with a two-day music festival. (Check out all of the programming online.)
Thrival executive producer Dan Law said in a statement, “Recently, Pittsburgh finds itself on a number of ‘top’ lists, but so much of our city remains undiscovered to a broader audience. The festival offers that unique opportunity to witness why Pittsburgh is a modern comeback story.”