Italian Tour of Calexico lands at Folkest

On July 17 at Udine Castle Folkest will host Calexico, the American alternative country band founded in Arizona by Joey Burns and John Convertino which became famous for their multifaceted influences: folk, country, tex-mex, blues, songwriting, indie. Pre-sale tickets are available. “We are truly delighted to be able to include this legendary project in the Folkest 2024 playbill,” says Artistic Director Andrea Del Favero, “which expresses an important vocation for cultural contamination and research that have always been Folkest’s main ingredient”.

Praised by NPR – National Public Radio for their “sprawling, cross-cultural indie rock“, desert rock duo Calexico have spent much of the last three decades exploring the dusty musical confines of the American Southwest and creating songs that are as singular, cinematic, mysterious and grandiose as the desert landscapes that inspired them. And today, after few decades, Calexico’s music remains boundless and romantic, gazing towards the horizon in search of the next adventure.

The concert programme will feature some of their greatest hits and, of course, the tracklist of El Mirador, their latest album released in 2022, designed as a point of observation and a beacon in the darkness: an opportunity to look inside, to reflect on the connection between the Earth and its people.

Over the years, Calexico have released eight studio albums (including Years To Burn, in collaboration with Iron & Wine, nominated for a GRAMMY in 2019), and they collaborated with multiple artists; from Willie Nelson and Jim James to Nancy Sinatra and Neko Case; produced and played on Amos Lee‘s number one album Mission Bell; they played at various festivals from Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza, Glastonbury to Roskilde. And they have played with the likes of Wilco, Pavement, Arcade Fire and Andrew Bird. About them WNYC wrote that they marvelled at the band’s ability to “roar like Sonic Youth [and to] whisper like Elliott Smith” on stage.

The friulian date is part of a tour of only four dates that will touch, in addition to Udine: July 4 the Fortezza Santa Barbara in Pistoia as part of the Pistoia Blues Festival, July 5 the Palazzo San Giacomo in Russi (RA) for the Ravenna Festival. And on July 15 in  Milan (TBA).



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