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23 - Jul
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Where:The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60622
Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM / 21+MERIDIAN BROTHERSColombian guitarist and composer Eblis Alvarez started Meridian Brothers back in 1998 as a vehicle for his own experimental music. Over the years, the group has evolved into a five-piece band focused on re-interpreting all manners of Latin Tropical styles with a strong psychedelic and experimental sensibility.The Meridian Brothers music uses popular Latin American rhythms, augmented by sampling techniques, elaborate effect processing, and Eblis quirky and theatrical vocals, which channel imaginary characters with both pathos and humor.The group has released albums on Soundway records, Names You can Trust, Bongo Joe and now Ansonia and have proved very popular in South America and Europe where the band has toured extensively and has started to reach out to an audience more familiar with indie rock and experimental than Latin music.Meridians new project is a tribute to New Yorks 70s era Salsa Dura. For the project, they have created an avatar, a fictitious group named El Grupo Renacimiento, and written a new repertoire trying to emulate the writing style of those late 60s and early 70s groups while retaining the Meridian Brothers idiosyncratic style of arranging and recording. The sound of instruments has been modified to fit the Meridian electronic templates, and the result is a fantastic album true to the spirit of Salsa Dura and in line with Eblis Alvarez two decade-long experiments with Latin tropical sounds. The album Meridian Brothers y el Grupo Renacimiento was just released on the Ansonia label - a historical Latin label specialized in Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban music from the 1960s that has only recently been revived and has made its catalog finally available on digital platforms. Meridian Brothers new album will be Ansonias first release in over 30 years - a nod from Ansonia Records to the legacy of Latin music history as it steps into the modern era.Eblis Alvarez has been an intricate part of the new gener
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