Laudable Productions puts the capstone on their 2018 World Music Collider series with a massive Latinx dance party featuring four bands with musicians from Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, and Puerto Rico. After three sold-out Colliders earlier this year, you’ll want to get your tickets early ($30 advance, $40 at the door, and kids twelve and under free). Doors open at 5 PM with and the music starts at 6 PM. Learn more about the event at www.collider.live.
Rio Mira (Colombia/Ecuador): A marimba super-group formed by artists across borders in a region connected by a shared history, their riverine ecology, and the cimarrones’ African roots. Cyclical, rippling marimba rhythms and call-and-response vocals flow like water over drums, shakers, and hand-claps. US-debut tour. Made possible in part with a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Ladama (Colombia/Venezuela/Brazil/USA): Four women from across the Americas combine the rhythms and traditions of their respective places into a sweeping pan-Latinx songbook with pop, rock, and jazz influences sung in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Frevo and maracatu from Brazil; joropo from Venezuela; cumbia, gaita, and champeta from Colombia. They are a glimpse into a future of communication, interconnectedness, and the disintegration of borders.
Orquesta el Macabeo (Puerto Rico): One of the current sensations in Puerto RIco’s salsa scene, this eleven-piece collective refreshes the genre with infuences from rock, ska, punk, and reggae. They have a brazen, rebellious streak and a natural reflex for turning the stagnant salsa-pop formula on its head. Prepare to be surprised and entertained.
The Berkshire Bateria (USA): If you heard any strains of samba in the New England jungle this Summer, they likely came from Master drummer Jim Weber and his lively ensemble, performing Rio’s rhythms on traditional Brazilian percussion instruments.