King Khan & The Shrines

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

King Khan & The Shrines

Gabriella Cohen

Sun, October 7, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is all ages


King Khan & The Shrines
King Khan & The Shrines
In 1999 King Khan, Aquarius and founder of the greatest cult phenomenon since the parting of the Milky Way, decides to put together a musical shrine. The 8-piece band called The Shrines are assembled and together with Khan begin spreading their hypersexual gospel around the world, stunning Krauts and becoming notorious for being one of the most entertaining groups since the days of Ike & Tina.

Dressed in their ceremonial duds, King Khan and the Shrines, are more than just a psychedelic soul revue, imagine Roky Erickson backed by the Sun Ra Arkestra or Wilson Pickett leading The Velvet Underground, wearing a golden cape that wraps around the world, a Bollywood James Brown reading his self- made tarot cards (WHO DOES THAT!?).

As the love child of Anubis and Kali, King Khan & The Shrines have pillaged countless stages around the world and are known to frequently drive audiences into a sweaty orgy. If musical salvation is what you need, if your soul is searching for true absolution, look no further....

Let King Khan & The Shrines come into your mind, body and soul to heal your every hurt.

King Khan & The Shrines' first album Three Hairs & You're Mine was produced by Liam Watson, recorded in the legendary Toe Rag Studios in London and released on Voodoo Rhythm in 2002.

A second full-length, Mr. Supernatural, followed in 2004. Hundreds of gigs followed all across Europe, Australia and North America. They headlined Toronto's NXNE festival 2006 playing three nights in a row and had Dave Davies, trombone player of the Sun Ra Arkestra join their brass section.

King Khan & The Shrines then released What Is?!, receiving critical acclaim from all over the world. It landed at #33 on Pitchfork's Top Albums of 2007, while their track "Welfare Bread" landed at #66 on Pitchfork's Top 100 Songs of 2007.

Their greatest hits, aptly titled "The Supreme Genius of King Khan & The Shrines"' came out in 2008 on Vice Records and for the first time their music was widely available in the U.S.

Since then King Khan & The Shrines have played at several notable festivals including ATP, Coachella, Sasquatch, Pitchfork and South By Southwest.

Furthermore King Khan was invited by Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson to perform at the Sydney Opera House as a part of the Vivid festival in 2010.

In 2013 King Khan & The Shrines joined North American cult indie label Merge Records who released the groups 4th album called Idle No More. The single "Darkness", which, as King Khan says, is about the "ugly beasts that must be tamed inside of us all" and also his "attempt to do something as real as Nina Simone", was premiered by none less than the New York Times.

Following Idle No More Khan had a vision to create a deck of tarot cards that celebrates black power. He recruited Belfast artist Michael Eaton (Game of Thrones) and together they created the Black Power Tarot deck, under the supervision of surrealistic film maker Alejandro Jodorowsky thus fulfilling Khan's long time dream of becoming one of Jodo's "spiritual warriors".

The stories and legends that surround the band and its charismatic leader are wild and often hilarious. If true or not, one thing is for sure:

"King Khan is that fiery arrow shot into the night sky which no one knows how high or far it will travel, however we do know that as that fiery arrow streaks across the heavens, along the way its flames will light up dark places." - John B. Smith founder of Memphis activist group The Invaders.
Gabriella Cohen
Gabriella Cohen
Australia’s sweetheart, Gabriella Cohen struck gold with the release of her internationally acclaimed debut record Full Closure and No Details in 2016. After extensively touring the album worldwide, fans and industry alike embraced the dreamy, fuzz-soaked popscapes produced by Cohen and long-time collaborator, Kate Dillon. The Guardian praised Full Closure and No Details as: "Seductive, broody and occasionally sinister," while it drew four-star reviews from MOJO, UNCUT and Q Magazine.

In the summer of 2017, Cohen moved to a farm in countryside Victoria, Australia, to record and self-produce her second album with engineer and partner-in-crime, Kate "Babyshakes" Dillon. There, amidst flocks of screeching white cockatoos and herds of Black Angus cows, they etched the beginning of Pink Is The Colour Of Unconditional Love. The record was almost complete when the band was invited to join Foxygen’s US tour, compelling the girls to finish the album on the road. Armed with a microphone and an interface, Dillon and Cohen captured the final touches of the album on a boat in England, and the coast of Portugal; in the mountains of Southern Italy, cafes of Mexico, and finally in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

Pink Is The Colour.... has materialized as an expansive and exciting body of work, showcasing Cohen’s unusually refreshing twists on pop arrangements. "Baby" was born in the graveyard of unrequited love, while "Music Machine" became a swagger of sultry defiance set in LA. Throughout the new album Cohen (flanked by a choir of imaginary dolls that exist in her head) creates complex and sugary backing vocals. These signature vocal arrangements — contoured with classic harmonies and nostalgic melodies — form songs remarkable in their originality.

Cohen is renowned for her performances, and for her magnetic presence captivating audiences into a still surrender. To launch her debut album, she rocked back-to-back tours in the USA, EU, AUS and UK, appearing at hallmark events such as SXSW, BIGSOUND, and Vida Festival (SPN). Gabriella Cohen has shared the bill with musical heavyweights, The Flaming Lips, Marlon Williams, and Rodrigo Amarante, and continues to effortlessly romance audiences worldwide with the launch of her sophomore Pink is the Colour....

On the new album, Cohen pays homage to her musical influences by inviting the listener on a journey: from the grooves of bossa nova, to the lilting sentimentality of strings, to kicking it back on the sprawling highways of rock 'n' roll. Honest heartache is woven into glory throughout the record, and during eleven tracks a candid, almost ethereal self-portrait of its songwriter emerges. For Gabriella Cohen, it’s an epitaph of electric wonder, and a definitive fact: Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love.
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801