Music from the Canary Islands, Nigeria and England


German Lopez. Photo of Nacho Gonzalez

German Lopez and Antonio Toledo
7:30 p.m. Thursday. Strand Theater, 345 Main St., Rockland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show, pay what you can for students.
For an absolutely haunting evening of timple music, head to Rockland for a performance by virtuoso Germán López, who will be accompanied by acoustic guitarist Antonio Toledo. Wondering what a temple is? It is a small five-string guitar from the Canary Islands, where López is from. The duo will perform songs that are innovative versions of Canarian folk traditions, as well as Spanish flamenco, West African rhythms, Americana and jazz. Expect to be mesmerized and enchanted as the two musicians’ fingers fly over their instruments, weaving a fascinating tapestry of strings.

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band. Photo by Florencia Saavedra

Kaleta Group and Super Yamba
8 p.m. Saturday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show.
You won’t be able to sit still, nor will you want to, when the Kaleta & Super Yamba Band of Brooklyn, New York, break out into songs like “Mr. Diva”, “Gogo Rock” and “Jibiti” from the 2019 album “Mèdaho”. They are fronted by veteran Afrobeat guitarist and Juju Leon Ligan-Majek aka Kaleta who grew up in the birthplace of Afrobeat – Lagos, Nigeria. Kaleta has toured and recorded with many artists, including Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade and Lauryn Hill, and has been performing since the late 1970s. Throughout the 80s and 90s he toured the world with his band Egypt 80, and he has led the Super Yamba Band since 2017.

Psychedelic furs. Photo by Matthew Reeves

Psychedelic furs
8 p.m. TuesdayMarch 22. State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland, $35 in advance, $40 day of show.
You can look pretty in pink or wear whatever you want when you see British alternative rock/post-punk band The Psychedelic Furs. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1980 and seven followed, including “Made of Rain”, which was well received in 2020, their first album in nearly three decades. Fronted by vocalist Richard Butler, some of the best Furs tracks include “Sister Europe”, “Love My Way”, “The Ghost in You” and “President Gas”. Fellow Brit Royston Landgon of Spacehog opens the show.

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