Río Negro - Latin Music at It's Finest


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Río Negro - Latin Music at It's Finest


What does Río Negro mean?

In his poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", Langston Hughes wrote, "My soul has grown deep like the rivers." From this beautiful poem comes the name Río Negro pronounced REEOO NAYGRO. Río Negro, a name given to the group by Broderick Santiago, means "Black River" in Spanish.

When is your next CD coming out?

Our third CD is scheduled for release in the beginning of 2019. We are very excited about this release because it will be our best yet. It will have several originals and feature special guest appearances by some great musicians. Preorders are available on this web site.

Where can I purchase your music?

Currently, you can only purchase our music exclusively on our web site.

How much do you all charge for a performance?

Our rate varies depending on the details of the performance. We can go as small as a duo to as large as an eight piece band. We perform at events as private as small weddings to as public as large jazz festivals. If you are interested in booking us, please contact bandleader Broderick Santiago at broderick@rionegromusic.com.

Who do I contact to book your band?

If you are interested in booking us, please contact bandleader Broderick Santiago at broderick@rionegromusic.com.

What type of music do you all play?

We focus on Latin Jazz with a touch of other genres including Salsa, Timba, Merengue, and even Reggaetón. However, very rarely do we have a singers.

How many band members does Río Negro have?

The band size depends on the performance. However, our normal size is four or five members consisting of saxophone, congas, drums, bass, and piano.

Do you all play consistently at a venue?

No. We currently do not play consistently at one venue.

When and how was the band founded?

The band was founded in 1999 on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. As college students, band members Broderick Santiago and Kevin Johnson formed the band after realizing their shared interest in Latin music.

Where are you all from?

Band members are originally from New York, Puerto Rico, and Boston.

When is your next tour?

We will begin touring around the time of the release of our new CD in the beginning of 2019.

Río Negro recently played for President Bill Clinton and national political dignitaries. The fundraiser included guests Nancy Pelosi, Rep. John Lewis, former CEO of Home Depot and Atlanta Falcon's owner Arthur Blank, Rep. Steny Hoyer and others. In the words of President Clinton himself: "You all sound great!" Thanks, Mr. President.

»  Lackawanna Blues, the HBO hit movie, featured Río Negro percussionist, Broderick Santiago, on the soundtrack.

»  Río Negro's next album will be released in 2019.

Río Negro has been quite busy. We enjoy performing for our fans and organizations. Check out some recent major performances below.

>  Aqua Vino - The Georgia Aquarium's Annual Fundraiser - Atlanta, Georgia

>  Atlanta Medical Hospital Health Fair - Atlanta, Georgia

>  Harvest Midtown Festival - Atlanta, Georgia

>  The Annual GRACE Awards - Georgia Restaurant Association - Atlanta, Georgia

>  Atlanta Jazz Festival - Atlanta, Georgia

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