Is it possible to be both globally conscious and have a good time? Why yes, of course.
Bio Ritmo’s performance at the Hof this week originally was to be a celebration of the re-release of one of the experimental salsa group’s earliest recordings, “Piragüero/Asia Minor” on 45 rpm vinyl by Merge Records and Electric Cowbell (originally released on Merge in 1996). But now the event has also become a benefit, with a portion of the proceeds going to Ukraine Alive 2022, a non-profit group of Ukrainian entrepreneurs providing relief to citizens and logistical aid to the army of the Russia-besieged republic.
For the past thirty years, Richmond-based Bio Ritmo has carved out an international reputation as alt-salsa superstars while remaining deeply connected to its local kick-ass bar band roots. There is seldom a better way to spend an evening dancing on the town, and rarely ever a better cause for which to do it.