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Sola Rosa’s U.S. debut includes Blu Nightclub

Tim Parsons
Sola Rosa (Saturday in the Blu Nightclub) plays a combination of Latin jazz, reggae and hip-hop during its first United States tour.
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A Europe-to-Tahoe connection continues this week when Sola Rosa performs in MontBleu’s Blu Nightclub.

Bandleader Andrew Spraggon called Lake Tahoe Action from Berlin, one of numerous countries and three continents on a two-month long tour. Earlier, the New Zealand band appeared on a rooftop for a television program. It was followed on the show by Bush, which played last week at MontBleu.

Spraggon, whose wife had a child three weeks before the tour began, had a night off from performing.

“It’s cold, gray and foggy,” he said. “I’ve had far too much German beer. I’ve put on five kilograms since I’ve been here.”

Sola Rosa has released six albums in the last decade, the most recent, “Get It Together,” producer Spraggon’s most ambitious. It incorporates a variety of styles: Latin jazz, hip-hop, reggae, soul and funk.

“To me, I get bored with albums when they all sound the same,” Spraggon said. “I can’t listen to reggae all night and I can’t listen to hip-hop all night. I like a good compilation of something, so that’s how I approach albums. I try not to allow anybody to get too bored. I want to keep it interesting.”

This touring version of Solo Rosa includes vocalists Spikey Tee and Lila Tomlins.

Spraggon previously visited the United States but this will be Sola Rosa’s U.S. debut.

“The last time I was in LA I had to pronounce a few words differently because people don’t understand what you say,” Spraggon said. “The Kiwi accent is a pretty strange one. I am getting really good a pointing at things and nodding.”

Solo Rosa’s tour included Turkey during its Urban Festival. He said the group played in a “series of clubs” in a very crowded city.

He said he is looking forward to coming to the U.S. , where he can speak English, followed by some Mexico dates. Spraggon also speaks Spanish.

“Of course, I’ve heard of Tahoe,” he said. “It sounds very beautiful and I’m looking forward to it.”


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