US embassy brings American blues to Kyrgyzstan


BISHKEK (TCA) — From June 27 to July 3, the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan is conducting a series of concerts featuring the American blues band “Mem Shannon and the Membership Band”. This tour celebrates the 241st Independence Day of the United States of America.

On June 29, Mem Shannon and the Membership Band will kick-off their concert tour at the annual Tengri Music Festival at Bishkek’s Victory Park. They will take the stage at 21:00 with a full orchestra. After this concert, the band will travel to Osh on July 1 to perform a concert at the S. Ibraimov Osh Kyrgyz Drama Theater. The concert will begin at 17:30.

Mem Shannon and the Membership Band will conclude their tour with a concert at Bishkek Park on July 2 at 18:00.

Throughout their time in the Kyrgyz Republic, Mem Shannon and the Membership Band will help students develop their musical skills by conducting master classes with young musicians and students of the U.S Embassy-sponsored Access Microscholarship Program. These master classes will take place at the American Corners in Bishkek and Osh.

The band’s repertoire consists of a blend of blues, soul and funk. “Mem Shannon and the Membership Band” is from New Orleans and while their music is rooted in the blues, it is soaked through with this syncopated sound of the New Orleans style, oozing with funk.

All events are free to the public.

Sergey Kwan