I had the luck of seeing Michael Manring perform with DeManIa at The Center for the Arts Natick (MA). I have heard a few of the other recordings of Manring in a group setting, and they are all solid stuff. This band really has a different sound, and I found out that percussionist Christopher Garcia is one heavy cat. He is so heavy that he doesn’t even know he is heavy at all. He is actually a testament to loving music and working your butt off to pull off what you hear in your head. His playing is sublime. I had the chance to catch Michel camilo and sit about 7 feet from El Negro Hernandez’ left foot, and this was even more of a mind bender.
See pics here and I’ll expand this post later.