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Down by the river

Wren Wertin
Special to the DailyYo, Flaco! opens the summer season of live music at State Bridge Lodge today. Cabaret Diosa takes the stage on Sunday.

State Bridge is open for business. The restaurant, bar, lodge and music venue is dishing out a weekend of music for anyone interested in kicking back, listening to some tunes and putting the wiggle on.

Today, Denver-based Yo, Flaco! hits the stage at 4 p.m. Cabaret Diosa takes the stage Sunday at 4 p.m.

Yo, Flaco! is eight members strong. The combined musical interests of the group keep strong ties to acid jazz, hip-hop, funk and world music. The result is a genre-bending sonic experience with an emphasis on energy and rhythm, with a liberal dash of sass. Laura Bond of Westword describes them as such:

“Flaco’s music is a dizzying, busy, but purposeful blend that might offend purists of hip-hop or jazz, but is complex enough to appeal to musicheads and accessible enough to dance to.”

The group recently was named one of the top three finalists for the American Music Awards Competition, the first time an unsigned band has ever made it that far.

Cabaret Diosa specializes in mambo exotica, a subversive mixture of Latin beats and psychedelic rock they promise will produce an almost hypnotic effect. Apparently, after being transfixed with their music, even the most rhythm-impaired of audience members will attempt to mimic the dancing drama on stage.

“Latin dancing is about couple dancing,” Dario Rosa, guitarist, said. “Women just love a man who can Latin dance.”

On a quest for the perfect romantic interlude, Cabaret Diosa has honed their melding of Latin big band and seductive lounge sound. Their primary influence is the classic Cuban big band music from the ’30s to the ’60s. They also incorporate some Brazilian samba and bossa nova.

Rosa understands why Cabaret Diosa (translated from French and Spanish, it means Night Club Goddess) captivates audiences.

“We provide more than just a rock band playing a show,” he said. “We create an environment for people to party and dance, and we encourage romantic interaction, not just between members of the audience, but with the band as well.”

As for the importance of romance, the musical Lothario asked, “What else is there to do? You can’t work all the time, and football doesn’t cut it for me.”

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at or phone at 949-0555, ext. 618.

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