Rico Wayne Johnson and Dove Benoit are a pair of Peorians bringing the sounds of Brazil, and other Latin American rhythms, to central Illinois. The Brazilionaires will kick off the GLT Summer Concert presented by CEFCU this Saturday June 11th in downtown Bloomington.
A few months ago, the group stopped by the GLT studios with a bunch of great local jazz musicians to play some tunes from their new CD, and talked with Bruce Bergethon about spreading sambas and boleros across the Heartland.
Experiencing the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is intoxicating in any venue. To inhale the band in its home in New Orleans is an extra joyous occasion. But you could easily miss Preservation Hall as you walk by the storied venue on St. Peters Street in the French Quarter. The Hall’s creative director Ben Jaffe said the compact size is an appealing attribute.
“Isn’t that beautiful? It’s as if we invited a group of our friends into our living room to experience us playing for ourselves. That’s a super rare experience for anyone. For us to be able to do that every night is special.”