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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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La Pena Rumba - Sept 21st.


It was an eventful time at the rumba at La Pena Cultural Center.

The set opened up with 'I fought the law, and the law won' with Yaya on lead guitar.

..and once again, it rolled into a very entertaining session.

Most of the heavies were out. Some were hanging back, others were happily ripping it up.

Sandy, Yagbe, Pili, Flaco, Trevino, Yaya, Javier... with the groveling gang of wannabe's in tow.

The speach about cats who are learning how to play, and periodically messing things up for everyone, didnt go over that well, but the point was made and the quality will be maintained. Personally, I'd like to see people booted on the spot for not hanging, like the old days.

I dont envy Yaya. There is so much testosterone in this situation, and a gang of weekend warriors who dont practise. It's a wonder he's kept it going for 8 years running. Its testament to the strength of his vision, in this project.

Music is always emotional and personal, even in a group setting. It spawns emotion, good and bad. But the drama is always from the lesser talented, or lesser experienced players. The heavies let their chops do the talking and are generally gracious, often happy to teach anyone privately.

The rumba prevails, as it was another successful incantation. Its not going anywhere soon.

After the rumba, Sandy asked Pili and I to join him at the table for a beer. He asked us to join the new troupe he is forming to perform his folkloric tradition. An incredible honor for me, and I'm entirely committed to making it work. I'm beyond ecstatic about the possibilities.

To perform with one of the best folkloric musicians alive, is what dreams are made of. Wish me luck.

After that amazing conversation, we all went over to Hadleys, playing till late - always a good time.

...more to come.

Tony