After eight years in Colombia working as a DJ, promoter and music journalist, trumpeter Etienne Sevet returned home to Lyon, France to form the Afro Caribbean band The Bongo
After eight years in Colombia working as a DJ, promoter and music journalist, trumpeter Etienne Sevet returned home to Lyon, France to form the Afro Caribbean band The Bongo Hop. The rich tone of their take on Afro-Caribbean dance music is the result of many influences including Sevet’s time in Cali where he met frequent collaborator and folkloric vocalist Nidia Góngora, and the African rhythms he encountered at home among the African diaspora, as well as his many travels around the world. This is the Bongo Hop's debut US tour.
If you've been a fan of our other Afro-Latin joints these past two years (Rio Mira, Betsayda Machado, Combo Chimbita), this is another sweet one for you. Sevet's DJ ear is carefully tuned to what gets people moving, so get ready for a universal-feeling dance-party, complete with funky horns and an international buffet of grooves. Think of the Bongo Hop as an Afro-Caribbean equivalent of the Greyboy All-stars. This fairly new project is already turning hips and heads in Europe.
PLUS! Its a Saturday night, so the Peace & Rhythm crew will be on the turntables with a highly relevant selection of vinyl -- before, between, and after.
The Planetary Party! Celebrating world-class music from everywhere and made possible in part by Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Company. Zero-Fee $15 advance tickets. $20/door. $10 student tickets available with student ID at the door thanks to our sponsor!
Anbessa Orchestra makes their third Valley appearance this year and by now the word is out about how heavy their groove is.
(Friday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
It’s the last Planetary Party of the year and we’re doing it proper with a double-header of creative, trippy, groovy, LatAm music from Venezuela, Argentina and Colombia … via
It’s the last Planetary Party of the year and we’re doing it proper with a double-header of creative, trippy, groovy, LatAm music from Venezuela, Argentina and Colombia … via Brooklyn. LOCOBEACH is back (finally!) with their signature mix of cumbia pop, Latin disco, surf, chicha, and spaghetti western. They share the stage with LOS CUMPLEAÑOS, a team of tropical party-starters who are NOT AFRAID to get weird, people. Take some dubbed-out Afro-Colombian rhythms and picture them swirling around inside a lava lamp.
LOCOBEACH joined us twice last year — for Collider #3 and again for the 2018 Millpond season opener, but mostly they’ve been laying low in Brooklyn, playing local gigs, and putting the final touches to their debut record, Psychedelic Disco Cumbia. Its out at the end of October on Valley-based Peace & Rhythm records and folks, it is outstanding. The NYC supergroup is comprised of José Luis Pardo (Los Crema Paraiso, Los Amigos Invisible), Neil Ochoa (Chicha Libre, Los Crema Paraiso), Joshua camp (Chicha Libre, C.A.M.P.O.S., One Ring Zero), Edward Marshall (La Muy Bestia Pop), and Fernando Valladares (Guaco). Its dance music for your brain.
When we ask Brooklyn musicians who *their* favorite party band is, quite often their answer is LOS CUMPLEAÑOS. The tropical-psych quartet, featuring virtuoso percussionist Nestor Gomez (Colombia), drummer Lautaro Burgos (Argentina), and Alex Asher (trombone) and Eric Lane (keyboards) from the US, is bringing their underground sound out of the city for our season closer.
If you like WEIRD and FUN and CUMBIA all in the same sentence, this gig is essential. Peace & Rhythm spin between sets! Tickets are $12 ADV // $15 at the door. Children 12 and under free. Thanks to our series sponsors Dean’s Beans, there will be $10 student tickets available at the door with ID. *Very* limited seating.
Planetary Party | Music From Everywhere is made possible in part by our series sponsors and go-to coffee roasters Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Roasters.
Hometown Hero, Matthew Szlachetka, will be joined by Nashville singer-songwriter, Sarah Aili (eye-lee) for an intimate evening of superb songwriting and gorgeous harmonies. Don't miss the Pioneer Valley debut of
Hometown Hero, Matthew Szlachetka, will be joined by Nashville singer-songwriter, Sarah Aili (eye-lee) for an intimate evening of superb songwriting and gorgeous harmonies. Don't miss the Pioneer Valley debut of their duo performance.
(Friday) 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
$15 adv / $18 at the door
In 2004 when MAMES BABEGENUSH got started, there were no klezmer bands in Denmark. The talented sextet dared to go where no Danish person had gone before, and the Scandinavian countryside
In 2004 when MAMES BABEGENUSH got started, there were no klezmer bands in Denmark. The talented sextet dared to go where no Danish person had gone before, and the Scandinavian countryside became alive with klezmorim and manic dancing.
But good musicians don't sit still. In subsequent years, with folk roots perfected, the band began incorporating Balkan coceks, French chansons, funk and motown, as well as jazz and classical inspirations. They share a deep pleasure in collective improvisation and in making people dance. On the heels of an unforgettable Millpond.Live set this Summer, Mames Babegenush is back in the US for a quick northeast tour including this fortunate stop in Easthampton.
PLUS! DJ LUMINUS joins us for the first time with a Balkan Beats set to complement the Mames and keep the party going — before, between and after the live sets. Doors at 7:30PM, Show at 8PM.
IF YOU LIKE: Balkan Brass, Turkish cymbaloms, coceks and horas, globally-inflected jazz, klezmer-not-klezmer, Danish people.
photo credit: Julian Parker-Burns
(Friday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST