The World Music connoisseurs at The Rhythm Foundation are kicking off their annual TransAtlantic Festival tonight with electro dub tango group Tango Conspiracy at Bardot. On Friday, the festival relocates to the North Beach Bandshell for a night of trip hop-cum-samba-jazz-soul by Sau Paulo singer Ceu and latintronica by Tiajuana-based Bostich + Fussible. Then, Saturday night at the bandshell, horn-heavy Afrobeat outfit Antibalas take the stage fresh off anchoring the Broadway production of Fela, which is based on the life story of the genre’s Badass in Chief, Fela Kuti. Antibalas have had other impressive gigs in their career, including opening for James Brown and Trey Anastasio.
Now, I don’t know what happens when you cross samba with trip hop, but after being blown away by the Rhythm Foundation’s inaugural Big Night in Little Haiti, I have a lot of faith in the local non-profit to put on a damn good show. But even if you still have your reservations, fear not! We have two free tickets to give away to the Antibalas show Saturday night, which will otherwise cost you $20 in advance or $25 at the door. All you have to do is scream ANTIBALAS! on our Facebook page to enter the contest. We will announce the winner of the two tickets tomorrow morning. In the meantime, you can check out a few Antibalas tracks on Last.fm.