Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Yes folks, that's right - Nomo played a great concert last Saturday, August 15, at the Iron Horse (I will dig up the poster some time). They did all our favorite songs (some great ones from the new album, Invisible Cities) and the guys were just in tip-top, killer form!! There were two drummers, some amazing brass work, heavy bass, and nice chunky guitar, all in an afro-jazz dance mode - the audience were converted to the Nomo philosophy of melody as rhythm! I took pictures for them - Matt the bassist gave me his nice camera and said to shoot away so I did - maybe I can post some in the future if I can get Matt to send me some. Elliot was playing his amazing homemade mbira 'thumb pianos' (kalimba or sanza to some, and in Cuba, the 'marimbula') - my favorite element in their sound. They had the audience going gaga at the end when they did their ritualistic communal thing of playing percussion down on the dance floor among the club-goers (I was banging away on a cowbell over by the DJ console). I got to DJ some afrobeat, funk, Turkish psych, Ethiopian, and funky early 70s jazz fusion before and after the show. It was a small turn out but the band played as if it were in front of thousands - next time they come it better be! Then Nomo and 2 friends stayed at my house - we talked until 3 am about harmonicas, dogs, and Atlantic Records, and what if Arthur Russel sang ads for hotdogs and other silly 3 am stuff. Radio personality Mr. Charlie Lewis was down from Brattleboro for the show, and he crashed at chez Bongohead as well - a good time was had by all. Elliot was telling me about his mother's paintings which are on some of their covers (check out the cover for their afro-elctro-disco reworking of Sun Ra's Rocket # 9 From The Planet Venus) - totally dope artwork! Next day Nomo had to take off in the early morning hours for a 14 hour marathon road trip up to Chicago where they were doing a big open air concert in a park. Never met a nicer bunch of musician house guests! Make sure you check out all their albums if you have not heard their sound - truly beautiful.
Grupo Fantasma - funk, salsa, cumbia, Tropicalia - it's all here in one group, from Austin, Texas!! Bongohead will be DJ-ing before and after the show. Then stay around after for Latin Night, from 10 pm - 2 am - Bongohead will be playing all your favorite Latin dance music till the wee hours, FREE of charge!! Make sure you check it out. And listen to the Texas-Sized radio show we got goin' on on WMUA the day before, July 20, 91.1 FM, 12:00 - 2:30 PM. All Tejas, all Chicano music - corridos, polkas, cumbia, funk, ranchera, bugalu, 60s & 70s. Then, from 2:30 - 4:30, more music from Texas, all kinds of tunes from the "country of Texas": we'll play funk, soul, psychedelic, blues, rock, country & western, and jazz! Go to this url for full details: http://peaceandrhythm.blogspot.com/2009/07/texas-sized-program-planned-for-monday.html
¡Rumba Psicodelica! returns on Monday, August 17, 2009, in two parts.
First we'll be running the voodoo down on Radio Clandestino on WMUA.org, from 230-430pm (ET).
Then we'll be jamming some dope vinyl at the Elevens in Northampton at 10pm - 2 am. Bongohead will be joined by DJs Snack Attack, Andujar, and Mike P from Mass Tropicas. The vibes will be hard funk, afro-latin, cumbia & chicha, roots & dub, bugalu, soul, salsa, afrobeat, French garage psych, a surprise merengue cover by a recently deceased icon of pop music, and more. It's 21+ and free admission.
Come and hang, dance, drink, etc. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poster by George Myers.