The Genuine Rock of Tres Amigos
Monday, March 21st, 2011
When I saw the Amigos they instantaneously sent shock-waves of sound through the cabaret style bar, with raucous vibrations permeating from wall to wall. The set conjured up the feeling of a late night, whiskey induced, campfire sing-along in a depression era abandoned rail yard. Audience participation and the raising of beer glasses was encouraged.
Something incredibly sincere pervaded Tres Amigos entire performance. Tres Amigos appeared to enjoy their music and weren’t afraid of being seen as corny. Not once during the set did the Amigos not have a smile on their faces. Even if I was not a fan of the genre they play I would still give them credit for authenticity.
The band was first founded when North Carolina native Eddie Barbash, 22, a Junior in the New School for Jazz began playing jazz with his friend Justin Poindexter in high school.
Following graduation the pair traveled with the Monterey Next Generation Orchestra to Paris in what Sam Reiner described as a “formative moment.”
The band’s unique instrumentation is a story in and of itself. Sam traded a Middle Eastern drum in for an accordion, which proceeded to collect dust in his basement for years until he rediscovered it prior to moving to New York; he then spontaneously decided to start jamming on it. Currently the amigos are in the studio recording their first EP so be on the lookout for more joyful sounds in the future.
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