Monday, August 2, 2010
Rain deterred some from the annual salsa shindig at Saxapahaw; while the ground was damper and muddier than usual, the sky cleared in time for GarDel to preside over their two-hour set on schedule.
Eric Hirsh threw up a regal solo in "Boranda," originally a showpiece for another jazzy salsa pianist, Papo Lucca. This song about a drought swells and thunders like a stormcloud; it always seems to sound better on a rainy day.
Hawaiian trumpeter Kyle Santos filled Alberto Carrasquillo's chair for the day.
BUZZ: La Excelencia coming to NC in October
Jack Wolf, the man in the Panama hat, tells me he and Salsa4U have booked the upstart New York salsa band La Excelencia for a concert in Durham in October, on its way out to Asheville's LEAF festival.
If you haven't heard them, check out this recent New York Times story on La Excelencia.
Developing, more to follow!