17 Holland Street, Somerville, MA
Founded by emigre Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of classic Caribbean music and runs it through a 21st Century filter. In the world of Kobo Town calypso, roots reggae, and acoustic instrumentation meet innovative production techniques, social commentary and indie rock attitude.
It wasn’t until he relocated to Canada that the prism of nostalgia and a deepening interest in his country’s history led him to explore the rich traditions of calypso music, mostly by digging through bins of old records in second-hand stores.
With that in mind, Gonsalves formed Kobo Town (the name references the neighborhood where calypso is said to have been born) who released an acclaimed debut album in 2007. Their 2013 release, Jumbie in the Jukebox, refers to the jumbie, a spirit in Trinidadian folklore.
Tickets are $10 and can be bought here:
For guaranteed table seating, though there is a $15 food minimum