Thomas Abban

Thomas Abban is an artist in residence in existence. Born in Wales, he moved to Minnesota at the age of 10.

“I’ve never been from the places I’ve lived. In some ways, this is favorable because I will never be tied to any culture, its traditions, or practices.

Art, in particular music, is my homestead and undefinable culture. If the collective unconscious reveals itself, it is certainly through music; and if God dreams it is certainly to the sound of human creation.

As an artist, I seek the balance between the known and unknown. With music, we speak a language whose meaning is destroyed when its words are spelled out.

Artists bottle up vapor for a living, they erect invisible structures as dwelling places for the minds of others, they give wings to humanity and tell them to go take their own fire from the Gods.”

“There was something so mysterious about Abban which could be credited to anything from the mask, the bandanas, the lack of banter with the crowd, or the way he fled the stage at the end — but his set was nothing shy of magic.”

The Current, Maia Jacobson

“The music is both lucid and hazy, its search for a new language that remains sometimes out of reach…. bits of R&B falsetto rubbing up against power chords, delicate fingerpicking giving way to psychedelic excursions, pizzicato plucked strings clearing space for drum crashes.”

Rolling Stone

Past Shows


Jun
25
th
2022
Turf Club
Jun
25
th
2022
Turf Club

Thomas Abban

with KOKOU KAH
Sep
10
th
2021
First Avenue
Sep
10
th
2021
First Avenue
Cancelled

Semisonic

with Thomas Abban
Sep
9
th
2021
First Avenue
Sep
9
th
2021
First Avenue
Cancelled

Semisonic

with Thomas Abban
Dec
22
nd
2018
Mainroom
Dec
22
nd
2018
Mainroom

The Jayhawks

with Thomas Abban
Feb
22
nd
2018
Turf Club
Feb
22
nd
2018
Turf Club

deM atlaS and Thomas Abban

with Ayvah and Seaberg
Jan
5
th
2018
Mainroom
Jan
5
th
2018
Mainroom

FIRST AVENUE’S BEST NEW BANDS OF 2017

with The Bad Man, Blaha, Dwynell Roland and more!
Dec
15
th
2017
Turf Club
Dec
15
th
2017
Turf Club

The Honeydogs

with SAPPHIRE and Thomas Abban
Dec
13
th
2017
7th St Entry
Dec
13
th
2017
7th St Entry

Warren Thomas Fenzi

with Thomas Abban and Lydia Liza

More Shows

Sep
24
th
Palace Theatre

Denzel Curry

with AG Club, redveil and PlayThatBoiZay
Oct
7
th
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

William Clark Green

Aug
13
th
Turf Club

Supersuckers

with Speedealer
Oct
30
th
Fine Line

Sloppy Jane

with Niis