Arboles Libres Unroot Crowd at Churchill’s

By | November 4th, 2010 | 2 Comments
Juan “Nacho” Londono

Miami band Arboles Libres at Churchill's Pub

At Churchill’s last night, Arboles Libres did me two good turns. First guitarist Eddie Moreno tracked me down to give me my phone, which I’d left on the bar out back and didn’t even know I was missing. Then, Moreno and his two band mates — guitarist/vocalist/harmonica player Juan “Nacho” Londono and drummer Anthony Genovese — roused the folk rocker who slumbers in my soul with their brand of sincere, crescendoing, simple music.

Like another great rock trio, the Violent Femmes, Arboles Libres combine the raw energy of rock-n-roll with the sonic clarity of a jazz combo. Their music passes freely from slow and soothing to jumpy to raucous as their lyrics flow from Spanish to English and back again. Within a song or two of their roughly 30-minute set last night, they had breathed oxygen into the small crowd (as arboles, or trees, are wont to do) and moved two chicks, drunk on alcohol and tight tunes, to dance on the stage. (It resembled dancing.) Playing between Jesse Jackson and Rachel Goodrich, Arboles Libres injected several doses of adrenaline into the lineup of top-notch Miami talent and more than held their own. Here are some photos from their set and a video of Arboles Libres — one of the few gems on the Miami Music Festival roster — playing “Comienzos.”

Juan “Nacho” Londono
Arboles Libres singer Juan “Nacho” Londono, with dancers at his back

Eddie Moreno, guitarist for Arboles Libres at Churchills Pub, Miami
Guitarist and cell-phone savior Eddie Moreno

Anthony Genovese
Drummer Anthony Genovese, getting a lot out of a snare and a bass drum

All photos by Robby Campbell. See more photos HERE.

2 Comments on “Arboles Libres Unroot Crowd at Churchill’s”

  1. 1 yvette said at 1:29 am on November 5th, 2010:

    dig the photos,

  2. 2 2010 Miami Music Festival Day Two Review | Beached Miami said at 3:56 am on November 13th, 2010:

    […] for a promising Miami triumvirate: madame Omine, Fernando Perdomo’s Dreaming In Stereo, and Arboles Libres (all signed to Perdomo’s Miami-based label Forward Motion […]

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