Larry & Joe – Latingrass!
June 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$20.
Tompkins Corners presents Larry & Joe, the duo of Joropo maestro Larry Bellorín (Monagas, Venezuela) and GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass and old-time star Joe Troop (Winston-Salem, North Carolina). These two virtuosic multi-instrumentalists fuse their respective Venezuelan and Appalachian folk traditions to prove that music has no borders. Their bilingual (esp/eng) program includes storytelling, humor, and singalongs.
Larry was forced into exile and is an asylum seeker in North Carolina. After a decade in South America, Joe got stranded back in his stomping grounds during the pandemic. Larry works construction to make ends meet. Joe’s acclaimed “latingrass” band Che Apalache was forced into hiatus, and he shifted into action working with asylum-seeking migrants.
As a duo, they perform on harp, banjo, cuatro, fiddle, maracas, guitar, upright bass, and whatever else they decide to throw in the van. The program they offer features a distinct blend of their musical inheritances and traditions and storytelling about how music and social movements coalesce.
The music they make, self-described as Latingrass, is nothing short of delightful. Ever been curious to hear what a banjo and harp sound like together? A hoedown with maracas? Make sure to make time for this pair and find out, as they make some of the most sincere, comforting, fun and welcoming music you’ll ever have the pleasure to hear.