Jazz + Blues + R&B

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

When: Wed., April 15, 7 p.m. 2015

The musicians that founded Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars all hail from their country’s capital, Freetown. But they met, as the name suggests, in the late '90s in a refugee camp on Sierra Leone’s border, where they scrounged up instruments — beat-up electric guitars, a single microphone — to play for fellow refugees. You may know the rest of the story from a widely screened documentary that chronicled those formative years: They started playing in other refugee camps, picking up more musicians along the way — and about a decade later, they were performing in arenas around the world, headlining Bonnaroo, opening for Aerosmith. In the meantime, it hasn’t gotten much easier to live in Sierra Leone — band members said late last year that, with their homeland in the grip of the Ebola epidemic, they didn’t know what they would do when their visas expired.

Part of the 2015 Butler ArtsFest.

Price: $15-25

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