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Raul Midón: Lost & Found Tour

Sat, Aug 17th 8:00 pm in the The Theater

EARLY BIRD - General Admission
EARLY BIRD - Members Tickets
Raul Midon

“ …a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.”
– New York Times

Blind singer, songwriter, and guitarist Raul Midón is nothing if not prolific. His 14th and latest album, Lost & Found, is a blend of what he calls smooth folk, alt-pop, and jazz or “folk with harmonic surprises.” It is a celebration of redemption with lyrics inspired by Bob Dylan’s poem “Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie.” A master at combining genres, “his music suggests a three way fusion of Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, and José Feliciano” (New York Times). Midón debuted the album’s first single, the uplifting bluesy pop song “Keep On Keeping On” on the The Jennifer Hudson Show in December 2023.

Joining him on this body of work are his friends and industry veterans:

Andres Forero (Hamilton, Phish, U2) | Drums & Percussion
Richard Hammond (Hamilton) | Bass
Federico Pena (Black Lives) | Keyboards & Piano

About Raul Midon
Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and engineer, Raul Midón, established himself as a first-call session singer upon graduation from the prestigious Studio Jazz program at the University of Miami in 1991. He sang background vocals on more than 60 Latin recordings, many Grammy winning. In 1999, he was asked to join the touring band of Shakira. During that time, he was creating his own original music and was signed to a development deal with Warner Chappel. He left Shakiraʼs band to move to NYC to pursue his own career. Within a year he debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Movie Music of Spike Lee. Spike engaged him to write the end credit song for “She Hate Me.” At the same time Raul was signed by legendary producer Arif Mardin to his label under the Blue Note moniker, Manhattan Records. Together with his son Joe Mardin, they produced and released two albums, the acclaimed State of Mind and A World Within A World. Raul made his television debut on The David Letterman Show, followed with performances on Leno, Ferguson, and Jimmy Kimmel. In England, he appeared on Later with Jools Holland and in France, One Shot Not with Manu Katche. Raul has worked with countless legends in the industry including Bill Withers, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Terence Blanchard, and Dianne Reeves. He received two Grammy nominations back-to-back in 2017 and 2018 for his albums Bad Ass and Blind and If You Really Want in the Best Jazz Vocal Category. Since moving to the DMV, he established himself as an accomplished recording engineer, recording all the vocals for both of the aforementioned in his home studio. In 2019, he was invited to speak at his high school Alma Mater Santa Fe Prep and also was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Miami. In 2021, his latest album The Mirror was nominated for Best Jazz Album from the A2IM Libera Awards. Also, in 2021, he was awarded the Disability Rights Ambassador of the year award, presented to him in a virtual ceremony by his friend and colleague, Jason Mraz. During the lockdown, Raul continued to collaborate with colleagues and appears in a duet on the Grammy winning album Mendo by Alex Cuba. He chose to pursue a long-time dream of recording a guitar duets album with some of his favorite guitarists including Mike Stern, Dean Parks, Lionel Loueke, Julia Bailen, Stephane Wrembel, Alex Cuba, and more. This album Eclectic Adventurist was released on his own label, ReKondite ReKords in 2022 to acclaimed reviews. He continues to tour, write, record and is working on a novel, Tembererana.

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