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Hector Barez at the Dark Room 

Wednesday, Aug. 28

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Percussionist Hector “Coco” Barez is anything but unfamiliar on the Richmond scene. His virtuosic congas imbue international flavors to the boisterous rock of Mikrowaves, propel the Mekong Express’s Monday gigs at the Answer brewpub, and are the soulful heartbeat of Miramar’s jewel-box boleros. When he’s out of town he’s playing with premier bands in front of massive crowds in Latin America. But even after releasing the widely praised “El Labertino del Coco,” a charming and deeply personal celebration of his Puerto Rican roots, he’s rarely the artist out front. Which makes this appearance as part of the Underexposed series, long overdue and highly recommended. Doors open at 9 p.m., $10 admission. hofheimerbuilding.com. — Peter McElhinney
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