Publish The Quest

Publish The Quest

Sat 6.30.18

8:00 pm

The Airport Tavern

Tacoma, WA

$5.00

This event is 21 and over

Publish The Quest
Publish The Quest
As a teenager, Bain routinely sneaked off to play his guitar and hang out in a little bootleg cabin in the middle of the woods known as Troll’s Cottage on Vashon Island (Washington State) where he was raised. A haunt for old hippies and eccentric musicians, Troll’s Cottage became his second home for a few years, and a hub for young local musicians encountering the world’s music. Enthralled by Fela Kuti, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, and Ali Farka Toure. Bain tried to emulate the West African licks, the sounds of the mbira, or thumb piano, on his guitar, to capture the rhythms. This fascination became a quest of its own, one that eventually took Bain to Africa, where he met many of his idols and dove deeper into the music.
While African rhythms set the pulse of Publish the Quest’s blend of electric hip hop pop, Southeast Asia has shaped the band’s lyrics and perspective. “Don’t Point That Gun at Me” and “You Never Know Who You’re Gonna Meet” recount actual experiences in Thailand and Burma. His stories thump and lilt about fear and violence, watching friends fall deeper into debt, and a system that takes and takes, but Bain also expects experiences to knock him off his feet and change the way he thinks. He “asks for peace, to extend the love, to build it up again, to take a stand—and if there are problems, to solve them.”

Off-stage, Publish the Quest continues their search for connection, extending the love, and solving some of those problems they sing about. Band members have traveled to West Africa and Zimbabwe five times to date, performing, teaching, and sharing donated instruments and soccer balls to orphaned children, many who have been born with HIV. Two years in a row Jacob and fellow band members have been to the PakarePaye Art Center, the life work of one of his original African influences,Tuku. Collected instruments from the closets and drawers of generous Seattle musicians were the first that had been donated to the youth art center since its opening in 2003, overwhelming Tuku with emotion at the sight of them.
Venue Information:
The Airport Tavern
5406 S. Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA, 98409