The monthly Upstream Concert Series at the intimate 225-seat Historic Park Theater continues, Feb. 9 from 6-11 p.m., with an “incredible” evening of Latin dance music fused with bluegrass. The “Night of LatinGrass & Dancing” concert features Nederland-based musicians Bridget Law, formerly of Elephant Revival and Silas Herman of Gipsy Moon performing with 11-piece Latin Grass act ONDA, also from Nederland. Hattie and Hayley, another Nederland act, opens the show. A “fusion” taco bar by Hunter’s Chop House from 6-9 p.m. is included, and the theater’s full bar will be open.
“This is a rare, unprecedented opportunity to experience a fusion of LatinGrass and bluegrass music of this magnitude with these artists,” Roberto Sequeira of ONDA said. “By any measure, this will be musically the most explosive, compelling LatinGrass set ever. Bridget and Silas are ascending stars — both personal friends of mine who I love and admire and with whom I have shared special moments on the mountain and the stage. This will be the culmination and celebration of what we do best in Colorado.”
ONDA has been “blazing this trail of LatinGrass” for a decade. “It started with my ski buddies Alex Johnstone of RapidGrass and Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon jamming with ONDA after raging pow all day at Eldora,” Sequeira said.
Sequeira , who founded ONDA in 2000, grew up influenced by travel between Washington, D.C. and family in Nicaragua as well as the powerful brass and percussion sounds of bands like Santana, Malo, Tower of Power, War and Earth, Wind & Fire. The vocal styles of Nat “King” Cole, Marvin Gaye, James Brown as well as Latin singers Oscar de Leon and Ruben Blades have all had impact on Roberto’s vocal flavor. His passion for Latin music is fueled by extensive travel throughout the Caribbean Basin and roots tracing ancestors to Cuba in the 1600s.
Herman, a mainstay on the local scene for years and son of Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman, is moving to California soon. Don’t miss one of his final Colorado appearances as a local.
General admission tickets are $45 online and $50 at the door. VIP first or second row tickets are $60 in advance. Promoter Nadine Sekerez contributes $5 of every ticket and 20 percent of sponsorships to Estes Valley Crisis Advocates.
The Historic Park Theater, the oldest operating movie theater in the United States and built in 1913, is located at 130 Moraine Ave. Visit historicparktheatre.com and snowygrass.com/upstream for additional details and advance ticket sales. Follow Upstream Enterprises on Facebook at @estesparkevents.