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Harp madness with Carlos Del Junco at Geomatic Attic

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Carlos Del Junco brought an almost sold out crowd  at the Geomatic  Attic into his world of genre spanning Carlos DelJunco knows his harp. Photo by Richard Ameryharmonica madness, March 28.
 I arrived at the beginning of his second set and watched the Cuban born , Toronto resident  Del Junco coil his wiry frame around and array of harps like a spring as he writhed and bent every last note out of each of them. The stage was lit in blue light making it look like a scene from an old black and white photos of a beatnik cabana.
 His crazy harp playing included a bit of jazz, a lot of blues, a touch of country and one song which he described as ska influenced polka and cartoon music but which ended up sounding like mindblowing circus music.
He had a full band behind him who played in the pocket especially on Del Junco’s tribute to Robert Johnson called ‘Heaven’s Where You Dwell,’ which ended in a huge improvisational jam.
 His guitarist  seamlessly switched between a variety of styles from jazz to blues to country  to a  really beautiful  classical influenced duet with DelJunco’s mean harp, then displayed some impressive country fried chicken picking on a cool jam of ‘Got My Mojo Working’  on which Del Junco added some alien delay effects to.
The entire band got to shine on a great version of ‘Key to the Highway’ during which they all took solos.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

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