Date(s) - 05/20/2017
7:30 PM

Doors at 6:30pm



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San Simón – Afro-Latin Soul Group

​San Simón​ plays soul with an Afro-Caribbean pulse, borrowing from American and Latin Caribbean music with both old and new influences. What if Sade led a Salsa band? Erykah drummed with Dominicans in at Dyckman Station in Washington Heights? These are the musical spaces that San Simón inhabits, and NYC is the perfect place for making this music.

Musical director, guitarist and composer Evan Ubiera is a Dominican-American from Jersey City, raised in Bonao, Monseñor Nouel. He started ​San Simón ​after playing in the city with everyone from ​Boombox Repair Kit​ (co-founder) to ​Pa’lo Monte (​Afro-Dominican roots and fusion​)​, ​Lo Primo ​(Latin Soul) and singer ​Jessi Colasante​ aka ​Jesánte​ with whom he’s performed at the ​Bulgarian Jazz Festival​ and who currently sings in San Simón.

The band just finished a 5 song EP of originals titled ​“Talk to Me”​. Last year they maintained a residency at Camaradas, and played many other laid back venues in the tri-state area such as the Groove on Grove festival in Jersey City, Silvana’s and The Shrine in Harlem. The band has also shared the stage with fellow latin-soulsters Fulaso and Yotoco.

A live show becomes a fun party where band members push the energy over bopping funk grooves, hypnotic Afro-Cubans rhythms and rowdy Dominican beats. Charismatic front-lady JeSanté is a ‘tiguerasa’ flexing her pro MC skills on the mic, urging the crowd to move all the while belting soulful tunes in both English and Spanish. Standing still becomes a challenge! This is at the end of the day, music for the dance floor.