The Next Stage Bandwagon Summer Series and Twilight Music present an evening of brass-fueled, swinging music of New Orleans by the Soggy Po’ Boys, on Sunday, October 8 at 3:00 pm at West River Park in Brattleboro, VT.
Gregorio Uribe is a singer-songwriter and accordionist who has presented his music with the same passion and tenacity at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden as he has at the streets of Tierra del Fuego or the patios of Montes de María of his native Colombia. He has also collaborated and shared the stage with stars in various musical genres, like the acclaimed Rubén Blades and Carlos Vives, jazz icons like Paquito D’Rivera, and masters of ancestral Colombian music such as Martina Camargo and Diego Obregón.
He most recently released his third album, “Hombre Absurdo,” in early 2023. On a conceptual level, this album adds flavor, dance, joy and rhythm to literature and mythological references, elements which are very present in Gregorio, himself. It is inspired by the musical stylings of minstrels from the countryside of the Colombian Caribbean and the lyrics are a reflection of books by great existentialist authors, Greek myths, and reflections on post-modernism. Accompanied by a strong presence of the accordion and powerful Colombian groves from the Caribbean with the distinctive vigorous sounds of percussion, this album is a remarkable musical creation in which Gregorio lets his musical influences flow, as well as his instinct and experience as a singer songwriter and orchestrator.
Prior to “Hombre Absurdo,” the Berklee College of Music alumni had released two lauded productions of his own. His first album as a singer-songwriter entitled, “Pluma y Vino,” included colorful styles like the bolero, the rumba, the waltz, and the marimba guapireña among other musical rhythms. His second release was the big band extravaganza, “Cumbia Universal,” featuring Latin icon Ruben Blades, in which he fused rhythms of the Colombian Caribbean such as cumbia, chandé and porro, with big band jazz arrangements. This unique production achieved a global sound by including guest artists from Senegal, Israel, Portugal, and Argentina. In addition to hitting the Billboard Charts and reaching widespread critical acclaim, this work led Gregorio Uribe and his Big Band to perform sold out concerts in venues like Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, Teatro Colón in Bogota, Colombia, and Villa Victoria Performing Arts Center in Boston among others.
The multifaceted Colombian artist soon released several singles including, “Salomé” a collaboration with the all-female Cuban group, “Canela de Cuba” where he combined his accordion with the guaguancó and the timba of the Antillean Island. Additionally Gregorio has embarked on a side project with Argentine singer-songwriter Solange Prat in a venture they have named Sempiterno, a musical collaboration where both artists come together to create and perform co-written songs that tell stories shared and experienced by both.
Gregorio Uribe has participated as a guest artist in the Latin Grammy-winning album “Marc Anthony for Babies,” in the New York Times’ Best Seller album “HOME: Where Everyone is Welcome” by Deepak Chopra and has performed alongside innovative and Latin Grammy winning artists like, Monsieur Periné, Jorge Villamizar ( Bacilos), Mariachi Flor de Toloache and the famous Venezuelan cuatro player, Jorge Glem. As a result of his international acclaim, Gregorio has been named by the Colombian government as one of the “100 most successful Colombians abroad.”
This talented artist has also shown his passion for music by being innovative in the field of music tourism with his project “Sounds of Colombia,” an initiative with the collaboration of Impulse Travel in which international travelers get know Colombia through their traditional music and its local musical experts.
Gregorio Uribe is currently promoting, “Hombre Absurdo,” and will soon be presenting it in his native Colombia. He also continues creating new music that highlights his songwriting, while exploring different sounds and collaborations.
The Bandwagon Summer Series is a family-friendly outdoor cultural performance series running from early May through mid-October. More than 20 performances ranging from a diverse group of musical styles, circus arts, dance, and theater will take place at ballfields, farms, and parks throughout Windham County. Kids under 12 always get in for free, and a dedicated play area will be available at all shows. Refreshments are sold onsite, including the return of the hugely popular Barr Hill cocktails. Bring a picnic and a blanket or fold-up chair to enjoy our concerts.