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Latin Dance Band plays at The Spring in Lewisburg

By Judy Hamilton

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Local lovers of Latin dance and music can get their groove on in Lewisburg this weekend. The Latin dance band Bio Ritmo, from Richmond, Virginia, will perform at The Spring, 204 N. Jefferson St., Lewisburg, Saturday,  March 1.

The night begins at 9 p.m. with a free salsa class taught by veteran dance instructor Sandra Wright. No prior dance experience is necessary to participate in the class. The instructor is fluent in salsa, bachata, cha cha cha, and swing.

Bio Ritmo, a nine-piece salsa band, plays two sets of Latin dance music beginning at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at casasantafoundation.org, and $18 at the door on the night of the show.

Bio Ritmo was founded in 1991 and is considered an 'Indie Salsa Band.' The group's music stems from the salsa movement that evolved in the late 1960's and 1970's, combining African, Latina, and Caribbean rhythms with American jazz. The band features a full horn section, a full percussion section, a lead vocalist, and a Latin jazz piano. More information about the band can be found at www.bioritmo.com.

According to the band's website, Bio Ritmo has performed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Europe and The Republic of Georgia. They have independently released ten albums and have been featured on numerous compilation albums including the 2012 'Rough Guide to Salsa' distributed by the United Kingdom's World Music Network, which also featured a bonus compilation CD of exclusively Bio Ritmo music. Their albums have been featured in the iTunes top ten best Tropical albums of the year and recent publications such as Wax Poetics, Latin Beat Magazine and Spain's EnLace Funk magazine have written about the band's involvement in the modern indie Salsa music movement.

For more info about the show, contact Amy McIntire at 804-366-3078, or amygracemcintire@gmail.com. The event is sponsored by the Casasanta Foundation, a non-profit corporation based in Lewisburg, which supports, and is supported by, local artists and musicians. Contributions are deductible under sec 501-c-3 of the IRC. For additional information, visit www.casasanta.org.

The Spring is a newly renovated farm to table restaurant. The menu changes weekly, and features a culturally eclectic menu prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The venue is fully equipped with a performance stage, and a cutting edge sound system with plenty of room for dining and dancing. The restaurant's hours are Wednesday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. For additional information, call 304-645-7200.

Reach Judy E. Hamilton at judy.hamilton@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.


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