Nightshade on New Year’s presents a multicultural program following the diaspora of pan-African sounds and flavor to North America, featuring music by Mauritanian songwriter Daby Touré and supporting artists, and an immersive tasting menu from emerging Burlington chefs. Take some time to appreciate, before the high energy of New Year’s takes hold, just how special our city and its people are. Come hungry—leave happy and well-nourished, ready for whatever the night has in store.
Born in Mauritania and raised in Senegal, Daby Touré lived for more than a quarter century in Paris before moving recently to Montreal. While his father and uncles formed the pioneering Afropop band Toure Kunda, Touré has always followed his own musical path, with influences ranging from African folk melodies and desert blues to jazz, pop, reggae, funk, and soul. Blessed with an open mind and an explorer’s spirit, Touré’s catchy songs are as likely to appeal to fans of African stars Habib Koité and Youssou N’Dour as they are to followers of Bob Marley, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder.
–> This Bright Ideas Project event was crowdsourced from Vermonters and generously powered by VSECU.
—> This Yappy Hour event, presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the vodka for dog people, features a custom menu of specialty cocktails that raises funds for the Humane Society of Chittenden County.
—-> With additional support from our friends at Foam Brewers.