Miwi La Lupa, born Michael Williams, left Buffalo 10 years ago to embark on a journey that led him first to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester where he studied trombone and bass trumpet. Ultimately, he earned a name for himself in New York City as a top-shelf talent and soon was fielding recording session and live performance offers from the likes of David Byrne, Bill Frisell, Charlie Hunter and Femi Kuti. While in New York City, Miwi also helped to found the funk/world beat ensemble Red Baraat, with whom he has toured internationally on a consistent basis.
Somewhere in the midst of all this activity, Miwi began to heed the call of an interior voice, one which urged him to document his time through more narrative-based songwriting. What eventually emerged from this spiritual compulsion is Miwi’s debut solo album, “New Way Home,” which hit the streets Tuesday. Miwi has assembled a new ensemble – guitarist Timothy Allen, drummer Conor Elmes and bassist Jessie Hume – to tour in support of the album. That tour includes a stop at 6 p.m. Saturday in Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.). Miwi and the band will perform two sets. Admission at the door will be $3.
— Jeff Miers