Asheville bands Toubab Krewe, The Broadcast to rock Legends

Alexander McCall

Asheville-based instrumental Malian-American fusion band Toubab Krewe will return to Legends on Thursday.

The band’s instrumentation includes traditional Malian instruments such as the kora – a 21-string lute – and the soku – a Malian fiddle – as well as electric guitars, drum sets and African percussion.

“Our shows are basically big dance parties,” percussionist Luke Quaranta said.

Members of the band have visited West Africa multiple times and studied traditional instruments and folk cultures while abroad.

“It’s been hard to explain what kind of music we play, but recently we like to think of it as international country,” Quaranta said. “We end up connecting the dots between a lot of different music cultures.”

Toubab Krewe is currently donating between 50 cents and a dollar per ticket sold to the nonprofit organization Instruments 4 Africa. These donations will go toward the construction of a music school in Bamako, Mali.

Opening for Toubab Krewe are fellow Asheville-based performers The Broadcast, a female-fronted rock band with soul and classic rock influence.

The Broadcast has played other Boone venues such as Murphy’s and Boone Saloon, but this will be the band’s first time at Legends.

The Broadcast is touring in support of their new album “Dodge the Arrow.”

Doors open at Legends at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and in advance, and $12 for the public and at the door. This event is BYOB with proper identification.

STORY: LOVEY COOPER, Senior A&E Reporter; COLIN MOORE, Senior A&E Reporter