On August 23rd friends and fans of the late Robbie Basho gathered at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia to pay tribute to the "American raga"-style guitarist, who passed away unexpectedly in 1986.
Basho was a Berkeley-based composer, guitarist, and vocalist, and one of the foremost proponents of steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo concert instrument. Along with John Fahey and Leo Kottke, Basho was part of the triumvirate of pioneering guitarists on the Takoma label in the 1960s.
Funds from the tribute concert—which featured Glenn Jones, Arborea, Daniel Bachman, and Ryley Walker—will help support the documentary project Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho, which is currently in production.
In Voice of the Eagle, London-based director Liam Barker traces Basho's lifelong artistic struggles through interviews, archive footage, and photography of the natural phenomena and localities that informed Basho's work.
Even if you missed the concert, there are still a few days left in the Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds for the Basho documentary. As a special bonus, contributors will receive a digital download of the concert film. Lend a hand here.