Havaquinho ( a play on Cavaquinho, the Brazilian Ukulele, and Guitarra Havaiana, the Portuguese name for Lap Steel) performs Brazilian music with a Hawaiian twist. Featuring the talents of Mike Lavalle (Cavaquinho/Bass), James Shipp (Vibes/Keys/Percussion) and Raphael McGregor (Steel Guitars/Percussion) Havaquinho presents a fresh perspective on Forro, Choro, and Hawaiian music with fluid improvisations, instrument switches, and inventive re-imaginings of the classic repertoire.
Yotoco is a NYC-based band that plays original Latin-American music. Yotoco draws from the traditions of Cuban Rumba and Son, Colombian Cumbia and Puerto Rican Jibaro Music and Plena to create something unique and danceable. Sebastian Lopez – bass and voice; Natalia Perez – Guiro, Clave and Voice; Gabo Tomassini – Congas; Ruben Coca (guest) – drum kit and Geovani Caldero – Puerto Rican Cuatro.