My god, what a life! Two weeks – two concerts of live bands that i adore, and two to go. In Belgium, I usually get to go to one per year! Midsummer Night Swing is an event organised for 23 years now, with live open air groove from salsa or swing bands every night for about two weeks. I already got to go to two concerts, which, strangely for latin events, finish just on-time (and I like having bis-es).
First was Orquesta Broadway, native NY band,the “oldest charanga in the city” (charanga is a band that adds to the typical latin instruments also violin and flute, which makes the sound distinctive). Amazing musicians, great songs, very dance-able, and highly recomended! Hear the flutes here, the violin in their most popular song here, and my absolute love cha-cha here.
Yesterday I was at the Johnny Colon & band concert. Lovely again, less oriented towards the dancers, more towards the music and very jazzy. They played a song that lasted around 30 minutes (a version of their most famous Merecumbe). My favorite song of theirs: the lovely Son montuno.
If you know me, you’ll know that when there’s a live band, I don’t actually dance – i just love watching the musicians play. I love matching the sound I hear to the movement of the hands of one guy or another, hearing the base, then the congas, then the piano or trumpets and getting to know which instrument sounds in which way (which is tought when u’re just listening to the music). Doing this, I believe, makes you a better dancer, as you can then “isolate” one instrument and only dance to its rhythm or melody – the effect usually is powerful, as you look like you’re dancing “non-regularly”, but it all fits in well. Great example is this performance, just look at the way he moves each part of his body on different layers of the music!
And while you’re listening to the lovely music, click the link in the beginning of this post to view the array of interesting faces I found amongst the people who came to listen & dance, it’ll almost be like you’ve been with me!