BEST MUSIC POLL
Best World-Music Act in Portland
Resisting Grupo Esperanza is futile. Just go ahead and try. Your feet — and everyone else's — will be tapping the moment the group release their snappy percussion and powerfully addicting horn section. The band are just that catchy, carrying an authentic Latin beat and exemplified by rumbling hand drums that always keep the tempo. Still resisting? That's only because you haven't heard the Spanish lyrics swirling around the rhythms. Of course, there would be no backbone to Esperanza's sound if not for the kinetically crisp keyboard melodies that add soul to the mix. Grupo Esperanza will not rest until the entire crowd is on its feet.
2. Royal Hammer
Grupo Esperanza is a 10 piece salsa/latin jazz band that performs some of the best...