After a successful summer that included sets at Shambhala and Bass Coast and a trip to New York City where he was up for an Emmy, Adham Shaikh returns home — and is ready to celebrate.
On Saturday, Shaikh plays the Spiritbar for the first time in a year. And he says he’s excited to return for a special Latin Grooves Night.
“It is also Dia De Los Muertos,” says Shaikh of the Mexican holiday that celebrates the dead. “We can honour the passing of loved ones and celebrate the thin veil. [I am] going to feature some great new Latin music I have been working on as well as some new Latin inspired music from some new producers I have discovered.”
Shaikh teams up with Mooves (Man In Havana) with Onbeyond providing a visual fiesta and will offer up “some free shots of tequila to the crowd in thanks for all the support over the years,” he says.
The community fundraised to send Shaikh to the Emmy awards in NYC and though he didn’t win in the category of Outstanding Music and Sound for his work with Robert Neufeld on the National Geographic project Untamed Americas, “the support from the Nelson community in raising some funds to send me there was pretty amazing,” says the musician.
Being home and getting the firewood stacked for winter, Shaikh says “there’s no place like the Kootenay and certainly no place like home.” He’s got a new album in the works for US label White Swann and is producing an album for Buckman Coe.
“I’m looking forward to the work and winter,” he says.
Tickets are $10 at the door that opens at 10 p.m.