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


Jan
28
th
2023
7th St Entry
Jan
28
th
2023
7th St Entry

Thomas Abban

with Dark Bunny
Sep
3
rd
2022
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater
Sep
3
rd
2022
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater

First Avenue Goes to the Fair

featuring Cindy LawsonMae SimpsonMolly BrandtThomas Abban • Hosted by Zeke
with house band Al Church and The Congregation
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 Taylor 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

Apr
19
th
First Avenue

CARCASS

with Municipal Waste, Sacred Reich and Creeping Death
May
30
th
7th St Entry

Alex Lahey

with Liza Anne
May
6
th
First Avenue

City and Colour

with Courtney Marie Andrews
Mar
23
rd
Turf Club

bugsy, Scam Likely and Allergen