Seu Jorge’s Samba Sonics Brightens Up Arroyo Seco Weekend Review+Photos: Seu Jorge @ Arroyo Seco Weekend 6/23/18
“… My name is Seu George and this is my band, and we’re happy to be here. We’re going to play some Brazilian music.” That’s exactly what Seu George did.
The sun started to shine a little brighter when Seu started his set, and as festival goers unfolded their lawn chairs, kicked back and tried to cool off from the sun with a nice cold beverage, Seu Jorge’s Brazilian samba filled the air, keeping the mood light, breezy and festive.
I walked around the main stage festival ground to get a feel for the best possible areas to stand (for both acoustics and shade- trust me, you need to take advantage of the shade whenever possible. As I made my way far stage right in the crowd, I noticed that there seemed to be a couple dead spots where certain instruments were fairly inaudible. Maybe it was a bad mix, or maybe the guy at the soundboard just didn’t flick the “on” switch, but was odd because I was literally in front of one of the main speakers for the stage.
Seu gained considerable global popularity for his “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” David Bowie’s covers, but there were none performed at Arroyo Seco. He did perform a cover of Roy Ayer’s “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”, which was very appropriate considering the summer’s rays illuminating the festivals stages and grassy knolls …”