Monday, July 5, 2010

Bio Ritmo @ Virginia Beach

Bio Ritmo headlined the July 4 celebration at Virginia Beach last night--with extra percussion: their set kicked off just as the fireworks were getting started.

july 4 ritmo

As an opener, they pounced on the tune "Hermano" from their 2004 Bio Ritmo album:

Rei & Giustino

Marlysse Simmons hit a piano solo on the Roberto Angleró tune "Abicu," just as the fireworks reached their finale:

Filling in on congas was Hector "Coco" Barez, of Calle 13. Yes, that Calle 13. He lives in Arlington now and subs with Bio Ritmo when he's not touring.

Coco & Arnaldo
Hector "Coco" Barez (left) and bongocero Arnaldo Marrero backstage at 24th Street Park

Here's an original, recorded on their latest album Biónico, that showcases timbales, horns and congas:

Coming soon: News about Bio Ritmo and bolero side project Miramar, and coverage of Virginia Beach opening bands Latin Jazz Conspiracy and Tumbao Salsero.

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