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Gruff Rhys: An Investigative Concert

Aug 12, 2012, 8:00pm

Tickets: $10 advance; $12 door; $8 members

(member price available at CAM; online details coming soon!)

More info on Gruff Rhys and the tour.

Sunday, August 12

Doors: 7:00 pm

Concert: 8:00 pm

BUY Tickets $10 advance; $12 door; $8 members (member price available at CAM; online details coming soon!)

CAM and 88.1 KDHX welcome Gruff Rhys for his second investigative concert tour in the United States. The first tour featured Rhys winding his way around South America in a search for his long lost, guitar-playing, poncho-wearing uncle, Rene Griffiths, which was documented by Dylan Goch in the 2010 feature film Separado! In August 2012, Rhys – known around the world for his work with Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon, as well as his collaborations with Gorillaz, Dangermouse, Sparklehorse and Simian Mobile Disco – will be seeking out the final resting place of his relative John Evans, who left Wales in 1792 on a quest to find a mythical tribe of Welsh speaking Native Americans. Rhys will follow the path of John Evans using film, the written word, photo-story, social media, and song to create an investigative road movie and album.


John Evans – a 22-year old farmhand from the mountains of Snowdonia, Wales – responded to a plea for a brave soul to ascertain if there was indeed a tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans still walking the Great Plains, descendants of Prince Madog (widely believed to have discovered America in 1170). During the course of an extraordinary adventure, Evans wrestled the largest river reptiles ever seen in the Mississippi, hunted Bison with the Omaha tribe, defected to the Spanish in St. Louis, discovered imaginary volcanoes in Missouri, annexed North Dakota from the British, and created the map that guided Lewis and Clarke on their legendary expedition. His adventure was cut short when he died broke and out of his mind at 29 in New Orleans.

Rhys’ investigative concert tour will begin at Yale’s Beineke Library where John Evans’ famous map is said to reside. From there Rhys will follow in his relative’s footsteps as he investigates Evans’ significance in American history, the true circumstances of his death, and the secret location of his burial. Simultaneously, he explores how the myths that surround cultural identity are formed and distorted, and how well meaning adventure and beliefs can result in painful colonialism, misadventure, and tragedy.

You can join Gruff in securing John Evans’ rightful place in American history! Rhys urges anyone with clues regarding Evans’ unknown burial place, imaginary volcanos, wandering tribes of Welsh Speakers, or lingering river reptiles to come to the show, where their help with his investigations will be appreciated and featured in the movie. 

Join the Investigative Concert Tour!

Thu-Aug-02        New Haven, CT     Yale University Beineke Library
Sat-Aug-04         Baltimore, MD       Golden West Café
Sun-Aug-05        Philadelphia, PA    PhilaMOCA
Tue-Aug-07        Pittsburgh, PA        Club Cafe
Thu-Aug-09        Cincinnati, OH       CAC Black Box Theatre at Contemporary Arts Center                                       
Sun-Aug-12        St. Louis, MO         Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Tues-Aug-14       Omaha, NE           Slowdown Jr.
Thu-Aug-16        Columbia, MO       Les Bourgeois Vineyards
Sat-Aug-18         Memphis, TN         Hi-Tone
Wed-Aug-22      New Orleans, LA    One-Eyed Jacks  

More info on Gruff Rhys and the tour.


Special thanks to 88.1 KDHX and Contemporary Events.