Australian multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd starts his new summer tour of the U.S. and Canada at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. This is a much-anticipated concert for Rudd's enthusiastic fan base!
Rudd is also a surfer, activist for both human and animal rights and environmental concerns, and a nature conservationist. He is also one of Australia's most iconic voices, with a globally influenced collage of world music that is a blend of reggae, funk, blues, folk--all and any genre that may serve to stimulate people's spirits.
In concert, Rudd is a veritable "one man band" who surrounds himself with an array of instruments that may include several didgeridoos, a guitar, bass guitar, banjos, harmonicas, a stompbox and an assortment of drums and bells. With this signature array of instruments, Rudd introduces the world to an entirely new sound--and has also reintroduced a multitude of Australians to the sounds and stories of their land's original inhabitants. Rudd's music incorporates socially conscious themes of spirituality, humanity, environmentalism, and rights for human beings and animals, and he makes a point of bringing attention to the mistreatment of aboriginal peoples.
Xavier Rudd is also a surfer, activist for both human and animal rights and environmental concerns, and a nature conservationist.
Over the course of a decade, Rudd has taken his unique sound to every corner of the globe; his fan base encompasses the planet. He has produced seven studio albums and two live albums, and has received numerous music-industry nominations.
Rudd is said to be at his most creative on the most recent release, "Spirit Bird," described as the "painting of breath-taking pictures with vivid, unmistakable tones," encompassing hypnotic ceremonial rhythms, tender folk songs and gritty guitar blues. The album is Rudd's deepest, most explorative album--a witness to a journey into his musical and spiritual ancestry that took him from the threatened landscape of Western Australia's Kimberley region to the hills and lakes of Canada. The album includes the widely played single, "Follow the Sun."
This will be an enlightening concert for the music lover as well as for those looking for a thought-provoking experience.
Tickets are $30 and $45, available at The MACC Box Office by calling 242-SHOW (7469) Monday through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., or online at MauiArts.org.
Come early to enjoy pre-show dining, beverages and desserts, then linger for AfterGlow in the pavilion and discuss the show amongst your friends!