Luna Rumba Productions aims to celebrate exquisite sound. On Sunday, on the magnificent grounds of Los Arroyos Verdes, Geo Uhrich and his musicians offered us an evening of eclectic music with moving voices, fiery violin, rumba-flamenco guitar, electric guitar, mandolin and exotic percussion. Their award-winning style of world music captivated and excited audiences beyond expectations, as it was superbly performed by incredibly accomplished and creative musicians.
I am always impressed beyond my expectations, at every Luna Rumba Production concert I attend. The joy of experiencing singing, playing, and creative musical expression is every music lover’s dream. Many of you probably attended one of the moonlight concerts last season and know what an experience each show was. There has only been one moonlight show this season at the beautiful Los Arroyos Verdes grounds in Bucerias and it did not disappoint. As the moon rose behind the stage, we witnessed a world music extravaganza.
For Geo, the founder and leader of Luna Rumba, the 2020 season has been about exploring the musical impressions that occurred as he and Fernanda sailed around the Mediterranean, while paying heartfelt tributes to great musicians/composers, like Willie Royal from Willie & Lobo, whom he admired so much. In this music, Geo explored his travels to Africa, the Mediterranean and Turkey and how that influenced his music. His songs were inspired by these travel experiences.
To start the evening, Geo Uhrich, presented his original and extraordinary solo performance, ‘Tribal Dance.’ In his introduction, he descriptively explained his role as that of a painter, who paints the background and then fills in the foreground to bring his musical creations to life. To do this, Geo took each of his original songs and used “looping” technology to add instruments of guitars, violin, mandolin and percussion to create the sound of several. All inspired by his travels abroad to fascinating destinations, the music included a mix of Latin fusion, gypsy flamenco, Arabic melodies and Latin jazz.
We heard “Red Moon, White Star”, an inspiration from his travels in Turkey and the beautiful natural world he experienced in this incredible country. His song, “Burning”, was a moving lament of all the fires burning in the world. “Look to the East”, was a tribute to the Syrian refugees he saw on an island in Greece. “She Dance” was a gypsy-style creation that was celebrated with enthusiasm and audience participation. And to conclude his solo presentation, Geo performed a very moving version of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.
After an intermission, “A Force of 3” took the stage, featuring the talented Geo Uhrich on violin, incredibly gifted guitarist Eduardo Leon and percussion extraordinaire Danny Renteria. Throughout their performance, the audience erupted in cheers and applause as the music captured our hearts and souls, with music honoring Willie & Lobo’s legacy, as well as old Luna Rumba favorites.
Midway through their performance, “A Force of 3” was joined by former members of Luna Rumba, Luis Rascon on cello and percussion, Alex Gonzales on percussion, and Lilly Alcantara on percussion and dance. Together they performed Luna Rumba songs, while blending new energy and inspiration from Geo’s travels in Africa and the Mediterranean. With accompanying vocals, fiery violin, rumba-flamenco guitar, fabulous dancing and exotic percussion instruments, their style of world music fascinates and excites. It was clearly a love story between the music with all its beauty, creativity and unique sound and the audience who loved every moment of it.
We heard songs like “Fandango Nights”, Salsa Verde”, “El Nino”, “Amsterdam” (by Willie Royal), “El Faro” and more. The evening was mostly instrumental with a few vocals. From start to At the end, we were captivated by every exquisite sound. Clearly, each member of the band demonstrated, once again, that they are each superbly accomplished musicians in their own right. And Lilly’s beautiful interpretative dance added another level of creativity and depth to the show.
The evening ended with Geo’s award-winning world music hit, “Espirtu de Amor” as the audience erupted in cheers and applause in appreciation for such a fantastic evening.
This season, Luna Rumba Productions continues to deliver the best of ‘World Music’ presenting one of the best musical shows available around the Bay with ‘Tribal Dance‘ and ‘A Force of 3’. Performing to a sold-out audience of over 300, with the moon rising in the background, it was a magical night to remember. And a special word of thanks and appreciation to Fernanda and Carla for putting this concert together and helping to make it a wonderful evening of entertainment that people really enjoyed. And also thanks to Lupe for hosting the event in her beautiful Los Arroyos Verdes.
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There’s one more opportunity to see “Tribal Dance” and “A Force of 3” together this season. The Banderas Bay Music Festival on March 10-11 will once again feature both shows along with other outstanding musical acts. For more information on this festival at the beautiful land of Los Arroyos Verdes in Bucerias, go to www.lunarumba.com.
‘An Intimate Night with Geo and ‘Tribal Dance’ will also take place at Black Forest Restaurant in La Cruz on February 26 and March 25 at 8 p.m. For information and reservations, call 322-120-6901.
And ‘Rockin’ Fusion Blues’ with Geo & Friends featuring Chas Eller will take place at Oso Restaurant in La Cruz on February 19 and March 4 and 8. For reservations, call 329-298-295-5426.