April Stanford, Cosmic Jíbaros Celebrate Egleston

April Stanford testifies. After this number, she told the audience  she just flew in Friday from Barbados where she played mas at Crop Over.

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April Stanford testifies.
After this number, she told the audience she just flew in Friday from Barbados where she played mas at Crop Over.

Jazz/soul. Latin/R&B. The sounds filled the air over and around the Peace Garden Saturday afternoon at the Egleston Square Main Street “Celebrate Egleston Square/Volume 1 Episode 3.”

Opening featured artist April Stanford moved the audience with her powerful vocals, accompanied by  rhythm guitarist Sean Rosati, who twirled and swirled  the steel string mellow melodies and smooth tempo  around her voice.

Ricky Reyes and his five piece band Cosmic Jibaros followed.

They played a set of  what can be loosely described a  lot of Latin music mixed to a boil with R&B.  Ricky Reyes was lead vocal and played amplified acoustic backed by bassist Danny Torres; Marcos Torres played elegant keyboard when he wasn’t sharing the rhythm section with drummer Chris Stanley.  Reyes doesn’t jump around and break guitars but he absolutely owns the stage on which he sings and plays

The Jamaica Plain News was in the house. Heres a sample of what we saw.

Music at the Peace Garden.

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Music at the Peace Garden.

April Stanford with sideman Sean Rosati. April is belting out the 1984 Patti Labelle hit " If Only You Knew" But most of April's set was original material

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April Stanford with sideman Sean Rosati. April is belting out the 1984 Patti Labelle hit ” If Only You Knew”

COSMIC JIBAROS.   Lead singer and guitar Ricky Reyes is backed up by Marcos Torres keyboard and congas. drummer Chris Stanley

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COSMIC JIBAROS.
Lead singer and guitar Ricky Reyes is backed up by Marcos Torres keyboard and congas. drummer Chris Stanley

Taylor Cain ( L) of Hyde Square and Luis Cotto enjoy the April Stanford  set from the cheap seats.

Taylor Cain ( L) of Hyde Square and Luis Cotto enjoy the April Stanford set from the cheap seats.

COSMIC JIBAROS  Danny Torres bass guitar at far right

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COSMIC JIBAROS Danny Torres bass guitar at far right

Dancing.

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Dancing.

Eglston Square Main Streets Director Luis Cotto talked with opening act April Stanford before she got on stage.

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Eglston Square Main Streets Director Luis Cotto talked with opening act April Stanford before she got on stage.

Dancing.

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Dancing.

Eglston Sqaure Mian Streets Director Luis Cotto

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Eglston Sqaure Mian Streets Director Luis Cotto

The only song Ricky Reyes sang in English was one he wrote Called We Takin Over the City" It could be the anthem of Eglston Square   Behind a sold reggae beat with bass and drums working in sync Reyes sang. We taken over the city we taken over what is right we were long told never give up the fight if you dont get agnry you dont exist

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The only song Ricky Reyes sang in English was one he wrote Called We Takin Over the City\” It could be the anthem of Eglston Square Behind a sold reggae beat with bass and drums working in sync Reyes sang. We taken over the city we taken over what is right we were long told never give up the fight if you dont get agnry you dont exist