Worldly seven-piece Picoso was founded in 2004 as a trio playing on the streets of Seattle, but it wasn’t long before their music gained a massive following. Caribbean afro-Latino sounds mix with everything from traditional Cuban son and cha cha to dubbed out cumbia and reggaeton, all with a heavy helping of salsa. These local talents sport a full horn section, complemented by varied and very danceable percussion. Guided by versatile Puerto Rican vocalist Alfonso Gonzalez, the ensemble has thrown parties all along the Pacific Northwest. Recently, the group appeared on the air with DJ Chilly for KEXP’s Monday evening program El Sonido, and turned the KEXP studios into a veritable dancehall. Check out video from the performance below.
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