Tonight is a celebration and remembrance of her Puerto Rican roots and the tough time that small island is going through at the moment.
What strikes you first is her physical similarity to PJ Harvey but as soon as she unleashes her instrument you are taken to another place with a voice like no other. At times its spellbinding, at times is uplifting, at times it brings you crashing back down to earth but it’s always moving. There are a number of ‘hair standing on the back of your neck moments’ and none more so than the battle cry that is Pa’lante.
The band tonight are tip top but a special mention to the keyboard player. Being brought up with Deep Purple and the late great Jon Lord I am a sucker for an organ and it really brings some depth, colour and variation from what could have been any other rock n roll show.
Touring on the back of the excellent ‘Navigator’ album we are treated to pretty much all of the album with a couple of oldies and the cheesy Springsteen cover of ‘Dancing in the Dark’ at the end to send everyone home with a spring in their step.
Highlights for the meet are at the two emotional extremes, the upbeat ‘Living for the City’ and the aforementioned ‘Pa’lante’.
I’ll leave you with this thought from the evening which we all strive for. ‘I just wanna fall in love, not fuck it up and feel something’.
It’s safe to say we all fell in love tonight and felt something.
Keep on rockin y’all