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Middle Eastern-influenced psychedelic folk rock

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Painted Caves seamlessly transform their Arab-American musical heritage with Western jazz-rock experimentation to create "an alchemical marriage of ’60s rock and age-old Arabic folk, producing an offspring entirely contemporary and ageless" (Shepherd Express). The group uses traditional folk and jazz instruments (oud, daf, trumpet, flute) against a backdrop of hypnotic rhythm (guitar, bass, percussion) and lyrical hooks to create a potent and fresh sound.

A favorite of the festival circuit in the US Midwest, they have made frequent appearances at Summerfest (2015/2017), Chill on the Hill (2014,2016), Madison's La Fete de Marquette, the Lake Moon Festival, Summer Soulstice Festival, Milwaukee Psych Fest, Orton Park Festival (2016) and many more. The group made their international debut at the Amarrass Music Festival in India in 2014, and toured Belgium and Denmark in Spring 2017. Painted Caves have also performed at art installations and conceptual works at institutions such as Milwaukee Art Museum and Madison's Museum of Contemporary Art.

The band's self-titled debut release (2015, Amarrass Records) has been a fixture on college radio stations in the US and was on the CMJ Charts in 2015, with radio plays on BBC, PRI, WBEZ, and many more.

"Painted Caves were a highlight of the Orton Park Festival in 2016. Their unique, mystical sound seamlessly incorporates so many musical subgenres was perfect for our festival! The audience just loved them!" - Dan Hobson, Artist Programming/Orton Park Festival, Madison Wisconsin

Escape to Europe 2017 Tour Dates! Painted Caves make their European debut with shows in Belgium and Denmark in March-April 2017. 28 MAR Arenberg, Antwerp BE | 29 MAR VK Concerts, Brussels BE | 30 MAR Huset i Hasserisgade, Alborg DK | 31 MAR HeadQuarters, Aarhus DK | 01 APR Dexter, Odense DK

Recent Performances

w/ Mdou Moctar (Sep 2017)
Milwaukee Psych Fest (2016)
'Global Voices' presented by Hothouse, Chicago IL (Nov 2016)
Orton Park Festival, Madison WI (August 2016)
Fresh Thyme Block Party, Milwaukee WI (June 2016)
Present Music @ Turner Hall, Milwaukee (March 2016)
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA), Madison WI (August 2015)
Skyline Music Series, Milwaukee WI (August 2015)
Chill on the Hill Summer Concert Series, Milwaukee WI (July 2015)
Summerfest Milwaukee / Briggs & Stratton Stage (July 2015)
Marquette Waterfront Festival Madison, WI (June 2015)
River Rhythms, Pere Marquette Park Milwaukee, WI (June 2015)
Alverno Presents 'Jones Uncovered' Milwaukee WI (April 2015)

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Painted Caves: Painted Caves (AMAR011)
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"Like the official house band for the North African Surfer's Guild, Painted Caves navigates the desert sands out of the Near-East, into the African plains, and out beyond the great Western Ocean...Primitive Music For Modern Machines."

"One of the best bands from the brew City, “Beautiful” is one word to describe Painted Caves, which fuses traditional Arabic music with rock, psychedelic and folk" (Milwaukee Art Magazine)

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Global Village Top 40 Albums For May 2015 - Chris Heim, KMUW89.1 Wichita NPR, May 2015

"Painted Caves is a true genre bending gem" - David Savage, host of Unfiltered Camels on KZSC Santa Cruz 88.1FM, April 2015

"Dreamy yet with a rock sensibility, the songs are elegantly composed psychedelia rooted in Lubbad and Kashou’s Near Eastern heritage. The reverberant jangle of a Silvertone electric guitar harmonizes with the eerie twang of the oud as drumsticks meld with hand-slapped percussion. Minor keys set the tone for music that suggests an altered reality in a beautiful Kasbah of the mind." -, Feb 3, 2015

“Milwaukee band Painted Caves play Middle Eastern-influenced psychedelic grooves that more or less follow the Silk Road in reverse, back toward India. ..It’s safe to say that there is no group anywhere in the world who sound anything like them.” - New York Music Daily

"…an alchemical marriage of ’60s rock and age-old Arabic folk, producing an offspring entirely contemporary and ageless." - The Shepherd Express

“Palestinian Notes Emerge from Painted Caves" - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

"Arthouse Rock" - Indian Express (Dec 2014)

"Painted Caves may be one of the best bands in Brew City.. “Beautiful” is one word to describe Painted Caves, which fuses traditional Arabic music with rock, psychedelic and folk, making it one of the few truly unique bands" - Milwaukee Magazine (Mar 2013)

“Richly Hypnotic, Unique Middle Eastern Psychedelic Grooves from Painted Caves" New York Music Daily"

"Painted Caves emerges as a great work of art!" - Inside World Music

"Infectious danceable pop" - Milwaukee Record

"Summer Sound" - BayView (Jul 2013)

Their self-titled, self-produced, locally-released album held the number one position for overall airplay for over 16 weeks at college radio station WMSE 91.7, the song “Paper Tigers” has stayed in constant regular rotation at AAA radio station 88.9 Radio Milwaukee for over 2 years, including winning the station’s New Music Wednesday competition against well-established National acts. The Album has also appeared on top 10 lists by Chicago 91.5 WBEZ’s Tony Sarabia, Massachusetts 89.7 WTMD’s Scott Mullins, The Shepard Express Milwaukee, and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Painted Caves first public gigs were in late 2012 and since have performed at indoor venues like the Milwaukee Art Museum (Nov '12, Mar '13, 2014), The Kohler Arts Center (Oct '14), The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center and at large outdoor festival events like Madison's La Fete de Marquette (July '13), The Lakefront Festival of the Arts (June '14), Bay View’s “Chill on the Hill” summer concert series (July '14), and Milwaukee’s Summer Soulstice Festival (June '14). In November 2014, Painted Caves made their international debut headlining the Amarrass Music Festival where they also collaborated with Indian master musicians Lakha Khan, Barmer Boys, and with Malian kora player Madou Sidiki Diabate.


Amarrass Terrace Sessions with Madou Sidiki Diabatè, November 2014, India

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At the Lake Moon Festival, Milwaukee

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Soundcheck at the Alhambra, Chicago, November 2016

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Summerfest, Milwaukee, July 2015

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