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Jun 15

Billy Wylder w/ Princess Kikou at The Stone Church

June 15 @ 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

The Stone Church presents Billy Wylder w/ Princess Kikou on Saturday, June 15!

From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem, the Sahel Desert to Carnegie Hall, music has been the source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway (Bombino/Hey Mama) joined by an inspired cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents including concerts at Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.

Billy Wylder released their seminal third album, Trying to Get Free (Sand & Gold Records), on August 25, 2023. The music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert, exploring new musical space akin to Devendra Banhart, Beck, and Tinariwen. Billy Wylder’s new recordings evoke musical evolutions built on grooves informed by ancient African rhythms, art-rock textures, expansive guitars, violins, synths, and drum machines. Salloway’s lyrics flow with inspiration from mythical songwriting hero Leonard Cohen, while threading together more abstract imagery reminiscent of Thom Yorke.

On the new record, Billy Wylder grapples with some of the most critical questions of our time. What is freedom? Has the American dream died? What is truth and what is truly important to us? The band knows that it takes courage to follow your dreams, to create your own sense of purpose and meaning while living in a society where the media and politics relentlessly project fear, hatred, division, and consumerism. Billy Wylder’s live shows are known for bringing together diverse audiences and building community through uplifting performances, movement, and a sense of universal goodwill. The global band includes musicians from Vermont, Cuba, Peru, and Chicago.

Hear the new album:

Princess Kikou is a New Hampshire based World Beat group which draws heavily from Afro-Caribbean influences as well as modern Pop and Roots Rock. Made up of a core of musicians: Jon Tshibambi on Bass, Simon Gray on Guitar, John Meehan the fifth on Saxophone, and Garth Tichy on Drums, Princess Kikou also features a rotating ensemble of guest players. Blending together the Indie-Rock origins of a separate project, Blue Motel, and the globe-spanning influences of each of its members, Princess Kikou creates a unique, danceable sound, full of multi-lingual harmonies and syncopated rhythms.


June 15
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM


The Stone Church


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