Reno’s Sol’ Jibe plays Crystal Bay
The world-beat band Sol’Jibe is independently gaining national exposure and winning over fans with a blend of rock, roots, flamenco, Latin music, jazz and world rhythms.
Fans throughout the western U.S. have purchased thousands of copies of Sol’Jibe’s first two albums, “On Your Feet” and “Marinero,” and sales of the band’s new EP New Day are quickly surpassing previous efforts. New Day is also getting extensive play on college and Internet radio stations. Sol’Jibe won Harrah’s “Search for the Stars” competition and is on regular rotation on its hometown Triple-A radio station 100.1 the X (KTHX-FM).
Sol’Jibe’s sound – often described as Dave Matthews meets the Gipsy Kings – is based in the vocals and violin of Tim Snider, and the passionate guitar stylings of Milton Merlos. They first met in a high school talent show and soon become best friends, sharing interests in cultures, sports, hobbies and music. They trekked to southern Spain to study music with the Gipsies.
However, Sol’Jibe was officially born when Snider and Merlos enrolled in the jazz program at the University of Nevada, and met soprano saxophonist Jonathan Phillips and percussionist Cody Remaklus. The band has toured relentlessly ever since, staging 200 concerts and clinics annually and adding artists such as bassist Fernando Flores, drummer Caleb Dolister and pianist Jay Cowell to the mix.
Music is universal,” Merlos said. “Our dream is to experience every musical opportunity possible throughout our lifetimes with the idea that it can create an environment in which people culturally can be drawn closer together in harmony.”
In addition to Spain, they’ve traveled throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean. The band also completed a, three-week residency at the National School of Music in Havana, Cuba, and intends to continue studying culture and music across the globe.
Sol’Jibe made its major festival debut July 5 at the 2007 High Sierra Music Fest. The band also performed at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in 2005 and 2006, and headlined community concert series in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Sol’Jibe also has opened for Michael McDonald, Michael Franti and Spearhead, New Monsoon, Steel Pulse, David Lindley, and Dave Koz.
Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
When: 10 p.m. Friday, March 14
Cover charge: none