Consisting of core members Richard Padron (guitar), Ze Luis Oliveira (horns and percussion) and Mychael "Miguelito" LaMorte (vocals/acoustic bass), Grupo Miguelito hits a mark somewhere between the bolero/flamenco stylings of mid 1970's Jose Feliciano and the modern energy of Manu Chau. The songs, some in Spanish and some in English, are rooted in a folkloric background with topics of devotion and struggle at the forefront, while others like "Sr. Marti" (a homage to famed Cuban poet Jose Marti), are festive as well as thought provoking.
And we can't forget the romance. Always a topic of classic songs, and ever-present in the themes of Grupo Miguelito's live shows and recordings. Stirring up a blend of instrumentation, with many talented friends at their disposal, Grupo Miguelito have been able to perform in intimate settings as well as in larger more lively venues by having a timeless repertoire of songs that translate with almost any combination of instruments as a backdrop for edgy tenor Miguelito. With a fusion of Bossa Nova, R&B, Salsa and Rock, Grupo Miguelito emote a sound that is uniquely their own.
Currently working on a self-titled EP (which includes collaborations with talented songwriters Victor Hernandez and Jaime Holguin) Grupo Miguelito continue to perform with some of New York City's finest musicians that include Mauro Refosco, Mike Williams, Bernardo Palombo, Mike McGinnis, Michelle Manzo, Claudia Chopek, Tom Aldrich, Jason Fratichelli, Marni Rice, and Joe McGinty.
The exact date of this concert is not known, but it occurred in the marked year around this time.