KAMANI: Two Weeks’ Worth of Magic

Last November, a new collaboration made a six-show run from Charleston down to the Sunshine State. At the time, I wrote:

KAMANI is a collective put together for these shows with Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), drums and vocals; Nigel Hall (Lettuce), keyboards and vocals; Kat Dyson (Prince, Cyndi Lauper), guitar and vocals; and Matt Lapham (Shak Nasti, Roosevelt Collier Trio), bass. No matter how astounding that sounds, everyone there will assure you it was beyond imagination.

About KAMANI, Glaspie told us it is a healing plant and that we could look it up. We WERE speculating whether it was KAtMAttNIgelNIkki. But then that would have been KAMANINI. So no. Healing plant it is.

That was then. This is now. The current KAMANI tour — which began last night in San Antonio — took a detour of sorts. Michael Lyn Bryant of Dunedin Brewery posted this:


While we to are sorry that Hall could not make this run, we must admit that there is NO ONE on the planet more suited to substitute than Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy, Shaun Martin Three-O). Martin is a brilliant keyboard master, gifted vocalist, funny, engaging, and entertaining performer, and  perfect partner for drummer Glaspie to banter back and forth with, as they did last month when Glaspie, Martin, and Tony Hall were in Winter Park to record Joe Marcinek’s new album and play a show at The New Standard.


They kick off the 14-night run with four shows in Texas (home to Glaspie and Martin) before heading across the South, including seven shows in Florida, their new adopted home.


KAMANI on the Road

04/30  Deep Elem Art Co. | Dallas TX
05/01  Antone’s | Austin TX
05/02  Last Concert Cafe | Houston TX
05/04  Minglewood Hall | Memphis TN
05/05  Martin’s | Jackson MS
05/07  Terra Fermata | Stuart FL
05/08  The New Standard | Winter Park FL
05/09  Dunedin Brewery | Dunedin FL
05/11  Charleston Pour House | Charleston SC
05/12  1904 Music Hall | Jacksonville FL
05/13  Crazy Uncle Mike’s | Boca Raton FL
05/14  Guanabanas | Jupiter FL
05/15  Oak Garden | Miami FL




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