Ray Santiago redux

Lots of people been checking out my post on Ray Santiago lately. Cool…I had seen his stripped down project over the winter a few times and it was fun but very casual and the situation was ambient. Nobody dancing and just a few people into it. Some other people trying to sit in uninvited with the band. Sucko! Especially when they have no concept of rhythm. BUT, this past weekend Ray and his usual quartet plus a couple of extra people, including former vocalist Abraham Rodriguez, played a hot set on the LES. They played a bunch of “blasts from the past” and some of the new material they were doing over the winter. Lotsa dancing and good times! It was a happening festive thing in a community garden that was pretty flippin’ awesome, perfect for the first summer evening of the year. Show of hands musicians — who likes to play outside in the summer?? YEA! Especially when the weather is as beautiful as it was last weekend? YEA! If you’re in NYC or happen to be around NYC and you have a chance, make sure you catch this band!

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