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Live Review

Rubén Blades at the Oakland Paramount Theater

Read "Rubén Blades at the Oakland Paramount Theater" reviewed by Roy Strassman

Rubén Blades Paramount Theater Oakland, CA November 20, 2021 The November night was brisk, and the expectant crowd gradually swelled. Sausage vendors were selling onion-and pepper-laden sandwiches right alongside the scalpers. The queues were long—for checking vaccine cards and gaining entry or even just to partake of a juicy pre-show sausage. Excitement was in the air. The 3,000-plus-seater Oakland Paramount Theater soon filled. Rubén Blades' 21-piece Panamanian band—courteously waiting for the arriving ...


Album Review

Rubén Blades: Salswing!

Read "Salswing!" reviewed by Jim Trageser

In the liner notes to this recording, veteran Latin pop singer Rubén Blades explains that Salswing! is meant as a demonstrative statement: About his own ability to grow beyond being a Panamanian singer, to show that musicians can speak to an audience beyond their own nationality, and to celebrate the stellar chops of the Roberto Delgado Orquesta backing him. Regardless of the purpose behind these sessions, the reality is that this is one of the best big band ...


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