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Pirulo y La Tribu

Pirulo y La Tribu

Jason Merritt

Pirulo y La Tribu 

When: Thu., Oct. 6, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $75
Percussionist, singer, and composer Francisco “Pirulo” Rosado had plenty of playing experience by the time he got around to forming his popular band Pirulo y La Tribu earlier this decade. The Puerto Rican musician has worked behind Latin music heavies such as Giovanni Hidalgo and Pupy Santiago, and after graduating from the Berklee School of Music in 1998 he spent time on the road with Bob Dylan and Maceo Parker. In 2013 his group dropped Calle Linda, which got international distribution last year via Universal Music Latin. The album reveals a savvy mix of Afro-Caribbean roots and modern flavors that collides New York-style salsa and Cuban son with timba, hip-hop, and contemporary R&B—though nothing threatens the primacy of Rosado’s infectious work on timbales. From track to track he tosses in bits of auto-tuned singing, atmospheric synthesizers, and funky bass, while also interpolating bits of the Delfonics hit “Ready or Not Here I Come” and the Bob Marley standard “I Shot the Sherriff.” The energy is nonstop, and as much as it incorporates pop-radio conventions, the polyrhythmic angle and nonchalant soulfulness of Rosado’s throaty singing keep the music decidedly Afro-Caribbean. Tonight the group performs as part of a 45th anniversary celebration of Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Chicago’s oldest extant Latino social-service organization. A cocktail reception in Szold Hall (4545 N. Lincoln) precedes the performance and is included in the price of admission.
— Peter Margasak

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