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Solazo

With a unique blend of Afro-Cuban dance rythms and traditional Latin folk music, Solazo will heat up the stage at their concert benefiting the Chatham County Arts Council. The band's name, which translates to "blazing sun," features five diverse members, hailing from countries like Cuba, Chile and Argentina. Songwriter/lead singer/guitarist Pepe Aranda, a classically trained violinist, performed with the Chilean symphony, then achieved critical acclaim playing in rock bands, most notably Barro, which had frequent hits on Chile's music charts and regular airplay on South America's MTV. Aranda was introduced to guitarist Kike Rodriguez, then lead singer of Barro, and later met Havana native Vladimir Espinoza, the Solazo percussionist with a Cuban flair. While skillfully encompassing various types of dance music such as mambo and flamenco, Solazo also captures an Andean influence, heard in the mandolin, charango and panpipes. Their latest release, Mindful Journeys, is the second album to come from the group, who all met in Ecuador, and currently maintain homes there and in Floyd, Va. By moving to the United States, the band has been able to spread their fan base to the Triangle area, where they have played at numerous well-received shows. Let loose with Solazo's cross-continental sounds on Saturday, Jan. 25. Fearrington Barn, 2000 Fearrington Village. Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. 542-0394. $17 for general public, $15 for CCAC members. –Melissa McEvoy
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