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