Sons of Kemet – Fine Line – Minneapolis MN – April 5th 2022

It was over a year ago the Sons of Kemet show was booked at the Fine Line in Minneapolis. At the time it felt so far off. Maybe it was even rescheduled because of Covid at one point? It’s hard to say these days, the near and distant pasts tend to often blur in one’s memory. Regardless, since then the band’s notoriety has grown and listeners have been spending the time with the band’s fourth record, Black to the Future. 

In many ways the band represents a burgeoning jazz scene from their London hometown which Twin Cities fans got a taste of a few years back when sax player and band leader, Shabaka Hutchings brought his trio, The Comet is Coming to the Turf Club. That show was amazing!

With Sons of Kemet, Hutchings, tuba player Theon Cross and the band’s two drummers, Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick bring the heat and a more organic and tribal sound. Equally relentless the band never let up for the Tuesday night crowd at the Fine Line.

Music fans in the know filled the club as the band rocketed through heavy doses of material from throughout their catalog in addition to many improvisational moments and grooving drum jams for their 90+ minute set.

Fresh from playing the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee the band is currently on tour all across the United States, bringing their music to life on stage and most importantly, bringing a lot of people together. They are not to be missed.