April 29, 2024

La Perla from Bogotá, live in Richmond Saturday May 4

La Perla, las tres brujas del tambor (the three witches of the drums) from Bogotá Colombia, are coming to Richmond this week.
They will be performing at the Get Tight Lounge, 1104 W. Main Street, on Saturday May 4.  Doors open at 7:30 PM; La Perla goes on stage at 9:00.  You can get your tickets here: https://dice.fm/event/g8rpb-la-perla-at-gtl-4th-may-get-tight-lounge-richmond-tickets

They will also be performing live on WRIR this Saturday afternoon between 1 and 3 PM.  I'll be hosting a special edition of the WRIR program "Cause & Effect," featuring the music of La Perla, their influences, and some of the many bands in the very hip current Bogotá scene.  And La Perla will join me in WRIR's Studio C for a live performance and conversation.  You can listen on 97.3 FM in Richmond or at wrir.org anywhere.

La Perla is a band of three young Bogotanas whose 21st century feminist global perspective on traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms is adding a new dimension to contemporary Latin music.  Using just voices and drums, and maybe a little bit of electronics, their music encompasses Afro-Colombia (genres like cumbia, chalupa and mapalé), the broader Latin world (samba, guaguancó, chicha) and the ever-present North (rap, punk rock).  They are the folk process in action, in real time.
If you'd like to get an idea of what they look and sound like in performance, here are a couple of videos to check out:

This appearance by La Perla is the first presentation of Secret Planet Richmond, the team of Jim Thomson (Electric Cowbell, Secret Planet Festival), Jim Bland (Plan 9 Music) and Bill Lupoletti (Global A Go-Go on WRIR).  We're bringing cutting-edge international roots-based artists to Richmond, performances that ought to be happening all year round, not just at the Folk Festival.

I'll see you on Saturday night at Get Tight, I hope!

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