Northeast State welcomes the phenomenal Latin fusion group Cosmic Jibaros on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. They will be performing a free concert in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts, located on the College’s main campus in Blountville, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
Cosmic Jibaros have effectively changed the idea of the typical Latin rock band. The band builds its sound from Latin and Caribbean rhythms, Rock & Roll guitars and World Music influences for a sound that’s both cross-cultural and highly danceable. There’s an irresistible pull of traditional Afro-Caribbean beats, interplaying between the congas and timbales, and mixed with urban elements in the deep drum and bass and effects-laden guitar work. These songs are laced with social and political overtones, and are sung primarily in Spanish by charismatic front man Ricardo Reyes.
The name “Cosmic Jibaros” reflects the blending flavors of the music they make. In Puerto Rico, los jibaros would be something akin to the American ‘hillbillies’ or ‘mountain men’- historically known for a more simple and honest connection to the earth and the hard work of living, and with musical tradition to reflect that. The ‘cosmic’ part warns of a modern twist on the old traditions, taking cues from a cross-section of World Music and creating an original, Latin progressive sound. The Cosmic Jibaros reflect that and their first album, Yo Soy Del Mundo (I Am of The World) tells that story.
The event is sponsored by the Northeast State Cultural Activities Committee. For information contact 423.279.7669 or firstname.lastname@example.org.