Juan-Carlos Formell - Wednesday Sept. 7, 2005
-->live solo set @ KAOS community radio, 89.3fm, between 1-3pm (streaming live at www.kaosradio.org)
-->concert @ Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, 8pm; tickets $12 or $8 for students & low-income; info/tickets at 360-705-2819 or traditionsfairtrade.com
A romantic with a heart like a laser beam, Formell deftly mines his Cuban musical heritage for a solo set of nontrivial love songs inspired by New Orleans's 'cemeteries & desire'. Like Brazil's Caetano Veloso, Formell brings the rumba and bolero forms up to contemporary speed without tarnishing their essence."
-- R Gehr, The Village Voice