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Discovering Sound: Bongoloidz

BongoloidzOn a Friday evening in Pasadena the band, Bongoloidz played an incredibly eclectic show at Picnik. Food and drinks were served and an array of crowds came to enjoy the ambiance.

The band that played, Bongoloidz was a fantastic display of ingenuity and fearless inventiveness with music. The whole night I kept asking myself what the hell type of music they were. Every song was so incredibly different. Genres spanning from metal, to hip-hop, to salsa, for god sake they even had Maceo Hernandez playing traditional Japanese drums.

They pulled off the sound really well. But what I really dug was the fact that people were actually there to seek out new music. It is a little disheartening to know that we’ve such a huge world of music with all sorts of genres and sub-genres that are so diverse and we care so little to actually seek it out in person. We take it all for granted.

When you listen to a band, you get about 50% of what they are trying to give to you. The other half is in the atmosphere of the sound that can only be felt when you actually see the band preform.

Most the bands I think are truly amazing are bands that I find when I’m roaming cities. Dropping in on dive bars and hearing someone play. I think that when you do something like that you’ve not only a new band in your library, but you have a story to pair with it. A reason to get outside your room and enjoy the world around you.

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