A nippy March night in Phoenix didn’t mean much to the concert-goers who packed in the Rhythm Room on Tuesday night to see Quantic bring the Tropical heat all the way from the U.K. – A fantastic, and eager diverse crowd was warmed up by the smooth sounds of SagaMambo, a 4 to 6 piece band from Phoenix who describe themselves as “a fusion of afro latin beats & latin funk, Raggachata (Bachata/Ragga) and Kizomba with a feel good vibe” – that’s a lot of styles, but that’s what this night was all about.
Xenia Rubinos from Brooklyn quietly took the stage, sung fiercely through her set (featuring a drummer and keyboard/guitarist), and then just as quietly left.
The small trickle of dancers that had come out for SagaMambo and grown by several for Rubinos turned into a full-on dancefloor by the time Quantic and his two bandmates (Wilson Viveros on drums and Sylvester Onyejiaka on sax and flute) took the stage. Singer Jimetta Rose came out for multiple songs throughout the barn burning set of styles from all across the globe: reggae, tropical, house, funk, soul, and of course cumbia ! A full dancefloor of happy people left the Rhythm Room on Tuesday night around midnight, warmed by the sunny vibes spread by this fantastic worldwide roster of musicians – the only question left is ‘When will the desert turn tropical once again ?’