THE FOLK CLUB OFSOUTH FLORIDA
ACOUSTIC UNDERGROUND CONCERT SERIES
LUNA STAR CAFÉ
SATURDAY, February 4, 2012 – 8:00 P.M.
77 5 NE 125TH Street, North Miami, FL 33125 305-799-7123
Requested Contribution: $10, members of any folk club $7
Sol Ruiz has many facets to her persona, and to her music. And, at a young age, she has explored more than most performers on both sides of the Atlantic. She has spent a good part of the last few years performing and living in Europe. She has recently returned and the reviews on her website are in several languages. We saw Sol at an Acoustic Underground a few years ago, a product and child so much of this community. Exploring, testing and experimenting with her music and her style.
In 2009, Colleen Dougher, Sun Sentinel, wrote: “ With styles that run the gamut from, as Ruiz says, “psychedelic Cuban blues to funky pirate music,” her shows can be as unpredictable as her bike rides. A recent Tobacco Road gig featured fog-spewing skulls, percussion and Cuban chanting, while another concert featured Ruiz in a giant black hat weaving musical tales about her many boyfriends at a local pub. At a bar in Madrid she wore a flashy cowboy hat and bright green pants while belting out “Hold on Me” Janis Joplin style. On another night, closer to home, she closed her eyes and slowly sang “In My Head,” an introspective tune about believing she can reach every star she can see, believing she can climb the highest mountain.”
Sol’s Cuban Blues, is an extravaganza of sounds and colors inspired by the melting-pot of cultures particular to Miami. Her original voice synthesizes her Cuban heritage and her Gypsy soul with the Southern rhythms and the Free spirit that have taken her from her hometown to tour US, Cuba, Europe, Jamaica, and Costa Rica. Whether she sings acappella over her ukulele or backed by an eight piece band Sol Ruiz fills the room with her exceptional performance and vocals which are as powerful as her lyrics. Flower Child by nature, Sol developed her own genre where the lines between salsa, country, gospel and blues no longer exist, you’ll feel her every word go right through you.
USA, FlavorPill, “Miami’s own peripatetic soul rebel and tropical troubadour — is simply a badass. With global influences ranging from Cuban son and Balkan music to reggae and mariachi ensembles, she weaves deft lyricism into a bluesy, authentically bohemian sound”
USA, GotFOLK.com, “If Edith Piaf , Lotte Lenya and Leon Redbone were Mormons (think polygamist, not evangelist), their first and foremost child would be Sol Ruiz, as she is both a vocal seductress and ingenue thrashing songwriter. Dressed in a Little Tramp, Charlie Chaplinesque outfit – summer-grass green trousers, a yellow t-shirt emblazoned with the slogan I Pee In Pools, black suspenders, and an honest-to-god Edgar G. Robinson bowler – she is a sight to see, a joy to hear, and her 2010 CD, titled OUTLANDER, is a wonder to behold.”
Miami, Sun-Sentinel, “Everything is fused with English and Spanish lyrics, fueled by personal experiences. The emotional outpouring is often funny, fun and expressive.”
Madrid, Contigo en la Distancia reports, “She gave me a feeling of discovery I thought I had forgotten. Sol unwraps, changes color, and gives the jam exactly what is needed.”
Who ever had reviews like this? Come check out this intriguing, talented and very entertaining Miami native performer. Come see what’s going with the twenty somethings, and then go home to Guy Lombardo and Mitch Miller.