Yuri Juárez makes it look easy. It isn’t

Yuri Juárez
Mitch Traphagen Photo

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.

Tickets are available at http://tinyurl.com/yuri0613

For more information, visit Charles R. Hale Productions.

Trina Hamlin Sound

Trina Hamlin performing at NoHo Sound in Manhattan. Out By 10. May 11, 2018

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.

Susan’s last show until fall will be on June 8, 2018, featuring the amazing Walter Parks. There could be nothing more cool than to have the chance to see Walter perform in a loft.

Oh, Trina is from Minnesota. How cool is that? Ya know.

Click here for Susan Seliger’s Out By 10

Click here for Trina Hamlin’s website

Click here for Walter Parks’ website

Tangled Up In Blue

Mitch Traphagen Photo

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.

— Bob Dylan, Tangled Up In Blue