Folk Festival is on in Richmond, and this official after party on Sunday (10/11) features two bands with ties to Bio Ritmo. Jorge Negron, one of BR's original founders, lives in Puerto Rico now, and is visiting with his Master Bomba Ensemble. (The Bomba Ensemble also plays daily at the Folk Fest, see schedule for details.)
Opening is Miramar, comprised of Ritmo sonero Rei Alvarez, pianist Marlysse Simmons and friends. Miramar specializes in boleros and old school romantic Latin repertoire. I've heard Miramar's demo and it's lovely, Alvarez and a female vocalist harmonize exquisitely together. Simmons adds some modern touches with her keyboards but never veers off into kitsch. Yet another cool design concept from the folks at Bio Ritmo. I hope to hear them live soon.
On top of all that, cosmic salsa experiment Bio Ritmo headlines, and all for $10. 7 pm, Capital Ale House, 623 E. Main St, Richmond.
Link: Event Invite on Facebook