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Saturday, September 19, 2009
Live from Barbes: Matuto, Djarara, Happyfunsmile, Smokey's Secret Family
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L-R: Smokey, Matuto, Happyfunsmile, Djarara. Photos: Irene Trudel. More of Irene's photos from this show are here.
Rob and tireless tech guru / remote sidekick Irene Trudel and crew return to Barbes, the beloved music bar at 376 9th St (corner of 6th Ave) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, for another action-packed night of wall-to-wall live music.
Performing live: Clay Ross and Matuto's visionary blends of Brazilian and American musical forms; New York's premier Haitian rara group Djarara (who are profiled in the new documentary film "The Other Side of the Water); Happyfunsmile, NYC's first and foremost Japan / Okinawa roots / pop party band; and guitarist Smokey Hormel and his esteemed (and like Smokey, highly pedigreed) musical friends' new project Smokey's Secret Family - an exploration and creative re-interpretation of entrancing old-school Congolese (and other) guitar styles.
Special thanks to our illustrious assistant engineer Bil Bowen - inventor of the revolutionary frame drum mic, the Pandeiro Microphone; on-site volunteers Liz French, Katie Gentile and Debby Schwartz, and board op Meghan McKee.
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