As if we needed another reason to love local salsa veterans Bio Ritmo more -- is that even possible?-- the talented band has released an infectiously fun new video for their song, "La Via" from the upcoming album, "Puerta Del Sur" available on LP and CD from Vampisoul Records on June 24.
Limited edition vinyl LPs are available for pre-order and will include a personalized signature (only 50 available). Shipments of the LP will begin June 30th and advance copies of the CD and digital downloads are available at the group's Bandcamp page.
Check it out: The music video, by Nate Griffith (Fear of Music) and Porter Street Pictures, is largely shot inside Kuba Kuba, Manny Mendez's Cuban restaurant that has been a friend and employer to certain Bio Ritmo members for many years. It also features some supafly shopping scenes at Bygone's Vintage Clothing in Carytown.
For now, my favorite moment features the lovely and badass Marlysse Simmons taking a swig of some clear liquor after her car breaks down [she later tells me via Facebook message that "the liquor is Georgian "Chacha" from Pheasant's Tears, where I lived two summers ago and the band toured a couple years ago. Manny's brother-in-law owns Pheasant's Tears. They sell the natural wine at Kuba Kuba. Big impact on us and this song actually had some musical inspirations from that country's music. Also that's not a Texas flag at :32 [but rather Chile] . . . I was trying to give my mom a shout out there."]
Oh, and there's that moment where we see the "El Capitan" printed on the van's back wheel cover.
So many choice moments here. Watch it on their YouTube page in 720 HD, help that view counter roll.
Need your dance fix now? You can catch the band this Saturday at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery after 5:30 p.m; they're playing the release party for the Beaux-Arts Triple IPA created by Hardywood of Richmond and Bluejacket of Washington that showcases the rare Azacca hop. (Bio Ritmo also is playing the Camel on May 30.)