Yuri Juárez and his Afroperuano Group will be performing at the cell theatre in Chelsea on June 13 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Charles R. Hale Productions series, “Thoroughly New York.”
Yuri is a remarkable musician (and person) with a long list of credentials. The sheer experience of seeing him and his band perform is incredible — it’s exciting and soothing at the same time. It is intense and relaxing. Somehow, Yuri and musicians Shirazette Tinnin on drums, Alvaro Benavides on bass, Renato Diz on piano, Hector Morales on cajon and Sofía Tosello on vocals make it all look so easy.
But it isn’t. Their sound, the very experience they offer their audience, is certainly something many years in the making.
And there are few places better in which to see them than the cell theatre — a small theatre in the heart of Chelsea, it offers a close-up view… an acquaintance, really, for the audience, creating a seemingly intimate connection between audience and artists.
I had read that Trina Hamlin had performed with the Indigo Girls, among many other remarkable names in her career. Hearing her perform in the cool, intimate loft setting at NoHo Sound near Cooper Union in Manhattan, I had to wonder if she got her sound from the Indigo Girls or if the Indigo Girls got their sound from her. I don’t know, but my gut says the latter. She’s amazing.
She was performing at Susan Seliger’s Out By 10 in May. The loft setting at NoHo Sound made it feel like a personal concert, which it was.
May 26, 2018 at 8:01 a.m. Photo of Manhattan In Blue taken from Exchange Place in Jersey City. Fujifilm X-H1 with Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4 lens.
And for those of us of a certain age…
Early one morning the sun was shining I was laying in bed Wondering if she’d changed at all If her hair was still red Her folks they said our lives together Sure was gonna be rough They never did like mama’s homemade dress Papa’s bankbook wasn’t big enough And I was standing on the side of the road Rain falling on my shoes Heading out for the East Coast Lord knows I’ve paid some dues Getting through Tangled up in blue.