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Free concert series at Battle Point Park continues with Matuto

Matuto comes to Bainbridge Island
Matuto comes to Bainbridge Island's Battle Point Park for the next edition of the free concert series presented by the Bainbridge parks district.
— image credit: Vincent Soyez photo

Concerts in the Park returns to Bainbridge Island’s Battle Point Park through Aug. 20.

Grab the kids, a picnic meal and enjoy an evening of music and dance. Free concerts will be held at Battle Point Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Parking is available off Arrow Point Drive; follow the signs.

On July 16, the concert series features Matuto; Forro folkloric music of Brazil with sounds of All-American bluegrass.

Employing renowned musicians across New York City’s diverse jazz, roots, and world music scenes, Matuto features violin, guitar, accordion, bass, drums, and various Brazilian percussion instruments: the alfaia (a large, wooden, rope-tuned bass drum), the pandeiro (a Brazilian tambourine), the berimbau (a single-string on a bow struck with a small stick), and the agogô (a pair of small, pitched metal bells.)

The group is Clay Ross, Rob Curto, Ze Mauricio, Richie Barshay, Michael Loren Lavalle and Mazz Swift.

With an honest love for roots music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, Matuto creates a unique and inspired sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture.

The band released their second full-length album, “The Devil and the Diamond,” on Motéma Music in May 2013. This recording reflects the inspiring live show that the band has developed over hundreds of performances around the world. Appalachian fiddle tunes bounce with a Northeastern Brazilian lilt while the one string Berimbau resonates with a strangely effective blues riff. Curto spins long chromatic melodies over intricate arrangements and infectiously funky folkloric rhythms. Like a true southern preacher, Ross delivers colorfully satirical lyrics reminiscent of David Byrne, Tom Ze and Caetano Veloso.

The rest of the summer schedule:

• John Reischman & the Jaybirds: Stylish, elegant bluegrass.

• July 30: Laura Love Trio: Vocalist and strong songwriter.

• Aug. 6: The Senate: Face-melting acoustic music from a Seattle band.

• Aug. 13: Jessica Lynne; Pure country.

• Aug. 20: Shaggy Sweet; Classic rock and originals with a twist.


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