Songhoy Blues with DTW

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event Time: 
$16 Advance, $18 Day of Show

On Wednesday, October 9, Monqui Presents welcomes Songhoy Blues back to the WOW Hall along with special guests Despite The Whiteness.

Songhoy Blues, who made their WOW Hall debut in October ’17, return in support of a new album.

Steeped in the deep traditions of classic Malian music and desert blues, fused with a youthful and super-charged sound of today, these four young men from Timbuktu continue marching, playing and dancing their way into the hearts and minds of music fans everywhere with their electric, eclectic and kinetic songs.  The band’s sophomore album, 2017’s critically-acclaimed RESISTANCE, solidified them as a group to watch, and they’ve followed it up with consistent live touring on five continents, helping to make them a force to reckon with.  2019 sees the release of their new album and expectations are high, for good reason – Songhoy Blues make music that is unique, exciting, contagious and paradigm shifting.  The band already counts such luminaries as Nile Rodgers, Gary Clark Jr., Run the Jewels, Iggy Pop, Nick Zinner, Matt Sweeney and Will Oldham as fans, and are poised to put their musical footprint down for years to come. 

Songhoy Blues will be supporting their new album with live dates across North America this fall, setting the stage with month-long residencies in New York City (April) and Los Angeles (May).

Most recently, the band completed a sold out run of UK dates, recorded a live session for BBC 6 Music; filmed an episode of the new UK TV show Noughts & Crosses in South Africa (where they’re featured performing in one of the main scenes); are featured in a new photography exhibit called ‘My Rockstars’ by Hassan Hajjaj at La Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris; and will be collaborating with UK artist Andy Morgan on a multimedia exhibition called ‘Music & Conflict’ at the Imperial War Museum, which debuted in June. 

The band members are also proud spokespersons for the charity WaterAID, and have helped to raise money and awareness toward providing relief in their native Mali.   will be appearing in an upcoming documentary on climate change in the Sahara; and were featured in the award-winning documentary “They Will Have to Kill Us First”, about the plight of musicians in war-torn Mali. (





Drawing equal influence from all of its 11 members, DTW is redefining the sound of horn bands. Moving away from the expected R&B/Soul covers, DTW blends elements of jazz, funk, reggae and hip-hop to create fresh arrangements of iconic movie, TV and video game themes, as well as inspired originals. With a sound reminiscent of Tower of Power, Lighthouse and Chicago, the DTW trademark is to deliver complex arrangements on a foundation of deep, danceable grooves. The band is rooted in its’ Pacific Northwest heritage, but stands out against the sea of indie-rock and folk groups the region is known for. DTW has a big sound that is best suited for big stages and festivals.

The sound of DTW is best characterized as hard-hitting, high energy Funk. This is not Funk in a traditional sense, but rather using Funk as a foundation on which an amalgamation of influences are used to make the unexpected danceable. DTW draws inspiration from Sly & the Family Stone, Tower of Power, Bob Marley, Groundation, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Big L and KRS One, to name only a few.

DTW’s big sound is defined by a 4-piece live horn section, and up to seven horns in the studio. Utilizing the horn section as the centerpiece of the band, DTW can create a full-bodied and timbral complexity that can come only from the diversity of instruments on stage.

Side-stepping this structure, DTW is also known for their improv funk jams, based on the vibe of the crowd.

DTW was originally founded in 2013 as a 5-piece funk group by students of Oregon State University with a passion for jazz and funk. The full horn section was added at the first Funk in the Forest music festival in 2013 as a special feature, but it was not until the summer of 2014 that the horn section was solidified as part of the roster. In 2018, Alpha Ready joined forces with DTW, adding a new hip-hop/vocal element that continues to define the band.

DTW is firmly rooted in the Pacific Northwest and the inherent culture that separates and defines this region: A connection to nature, communities rooted in locally produced goods and services, and an accepting social environment that helps foster unique and creative ‘craft’ art. With these ideals in mind, DTW seeks to introduce its craft brand of Funk to the world stage.

The full name of DTW, Despite the Whiteness, carries an inherently racial connotation. Originally more glib than thoughtful, the name has developed a deeper meaning over the years, and it now signifies a racial awareness of the musical genres that define DTW. DTW firmly believes that music transcends race and culture and equally understands the importance and necessity of acknowledging the origin and history of the music. After many inspired talks DTW now rallies behind a unified message of breaking down the social barriers that divide people and cultures. Using music as the catalyst, the band wants all of the labels that people and society ascribe to each other that divide to disappear so as to unite all races, colors and generations.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 day of show.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.