Blues, reggae and jazz fill Two Rivers Park tonight
Summer of Music continues at 6:30 p.m. today at Two Rivers Park with blues, reggae, jazz and the ancient rhythms of the Americas and the Caribbean as the Confluents and Onda take the stage.
The Confluents open the bill with a repertoire of funk, reggae and blues. The Confluents count James Brown, Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals and Ray Charles as influences, but they work to give it a shot of reinvention.
Jacque Deyoe and Eric Lamb founded the group with the sole intent of having fun and creating an atmosphere that gets everyone dancing. Deyoe takes care of guitar and vocals, Nick Lenio handles the bass and drummer Alex Heaton lays down the beat. Heaton and Lenio have music degrees, with Lenio teaching music at Basalt Middle and High schools.
They hand it off to Onda, a seven-piece Latin dance band that quickly made a name as one of the best dance bands on the Boulder scene. Founded in 2000, this top performance group has flourished on the Colorado music scene with a healthy mix of club, festival, theater and private event appearances. Frontman Roberto Sequeira heads a crew whose members are veterans of the jazz, Afro-Cuban, Latin music scene in the Boulder/Denver area.
According to their website, “ONDA’s sound is a wonderful mix of originals, traditional Latin standards and Afro-Cuban rhythms blended with funk, salsa, R&B, cumbia, boogaloo, reggae, boleros and modern jam arrangements.”
For Summer of Music, presented by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, no pets, no smokes and no glass are allowed in the park. Food vendors include Slow Groovin’ BBQ, Gandhi’s Indian Cuisine, New Castle Diner, Sweet Coloradough, K. Sea’s Wing House and Jeffreeze Italian sorbetto. The event goes on rain or shine.
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