August 3, 2007

Puerto Rican Folk Music

Category: Music,Puerto Rico,Tech — Biella @ 12:30 pm

The downside of NYC is that it is pricey but the upside is that there are a lot of free events to balance out the equation. Last night, I went to one of such free events at Lincoln center to see one of my favorite Puerto Rican folk singers, Roy Brown who was opening for Arlo Guthrie

During Roy Brown’s last song, he called out another folk singer who I had never heard of Tao Rodriguez-Seeger to join him and I think that was probably one of my favorite songs of the night.

Tao who comes from a family of folk singer types, usually performs with The Mammals and less frequently with The Anarchist Orchestra.

His voice, at least in Spanish, is resounding and overpowering yet at the same time sports a certain type of gentle softness. It is striking and beautiful. If you like folk music, in English or Spanish, I would check him out. Here is a clip of a song recorded with Tito Auger and Roy Brown and a link to their recent complilation CD.


  1. si te gusto roy brown escucha a silvio rodriguez y a Fiel a la Vega. Tambien te aconsejo muy especial de Mongo Santamaria que se llama Afroroots. Espero que los disfrutes.

    Comment by tony — August 3, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

  2. I associated Arlo Guthrie to Pete Seeger and Folk Music. And when Tao has the last name of Seeger, it seems obvious that he was Related to Pete and WP confirmed it. I’ll have to dig out my “Alice’s Resturant” vinyl and give it a listen…
    I went to a free event at Madison Sq. Pk. If you go, the ‘Shake Shack’ is a popular place for its fresh hamburgers and homemade custard.

    Comment by Kevin Mark — August 3, 2007 @ 11:40 pm

  3. You went to see Roy Brown?! I’m so deeply envious. I’ve been hooked since c. 1991.

    Meanwhile, I have a rare CD of his called “Poetas Puertorriqueños” which was released by the state government in 1992, during the Columbus 5th Centennial ordeal. It’s a collection of his musical settings of poems by Corretjer, Julia de Burgos, Palés, etc. If you don’t have it, I’ll be glad to let you rip it next time you’re down here! ;-)

    Comment by (Julio) — August 5, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

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