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Raul Midón

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Blind singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Raul Midón is joined on this stunning body of work with his friends, industry veterans, Andrés Forero (Hamilton, Phish, U2) on Drums & Percussion, Richard Hammond (Hamilton) on bass, Federico Peña (Black Generations Project) on keyboards & piano. He’s also had to learn the art of engineering with this album being the first he’s produced solely and assisted by New York recording engineer, Michael O’Reilly, whom he met while making his major label debut album “State of Mind” under the careful eye of legendary producer, Arif Mardin.
Engineering ‘Lost & Found’ came with a whole set of new challenges, given the technology for the blind is not consistent and it’s a constant struggle, one he continues to confront.
With ten delicious songs on the album, it’s a blend of what Raul calls ‘Smooth folk’, ‘Alt- Pop’ and ‘Jazz’. Something for everyone. He’s a master at combining genres, a showman with a ton of tricks and knows how to deliver that feel good energy.
Whether you’re listening to the recording, or watching him live, Raul will have you feeling a million times better about life!
Standout songs on ‘Lost & Found’ include the first single “Keep On Keeping On”, which is an uplifting bluesy pop song. It enjoyed its debut on National TV back in December, 2023 on the Jennifer Hudson Show. His performance blew her mind. “The Ganja Song” is a bouncy ska-ish take on the latest cannabis craze. The crooner chants “There would be no Rock ‘n’ Roll music if it wasn’t for weed”. The song speaks to the transformational effects and how its upbeat musical treatment is meant to uplift the way a flower does. The lyric video premiered with Celeb Stoner and will be released
world-wide on 4:20.
“Next Time” is a galloping rock waltz and a co-write with songwriter/author Mike Errico. It’s about seizing the day as there may not be another and every moment is a precious one. You hear a massive string section and wizardry guitar madness. The title track “Lost & Found”, Midón calls “smooth folk” and a song he wrote early in his career. The lyrics were inspired by his listening to Bob Dylan reading of his poem, “Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie.” It’s a tribute to the human spirit.
Another highlight is the soulful collaboration with Ethiopian R&B songstress Wayna on their Sting-like co-write “A Condition of Love”. A song about the many aspects of love that are not necessarily romantic. An R&B ballad for modern times. Raul’s masterful musicianship, awe-inspiring technical acrobatics, and charming melodies, will have you singing along, finger-snapping, bopping and grooving till the end of time! These ten songs are luscious and will have you craving for more.

His strongest album to date, there’s no signs of Raul slowing down. ‘Lost & Found’ is the 2nd album released on his own imprint ReKondite ReKords. Raul has worked with countless legends in the industry including Bill Withers, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Terence Blanchard, & Dianne Reeves to name several. In 2022 he was honored to pay tribute to one of his idols “Joni Mitchell” with the National Symphony Orchestra arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza at The Kennedy Center alongside Lalah Hathaway, Jimmie Herrod & Renee Fleming (PBS Next at the Kennedy Center). Raul was also featured on Alex Cuba’s Grammy Winning record ‘Mendó’ in 2022. It won best latin pop album at the Grammy’s. The song was “Camino y Ven”. He received two Grammy nominations back-to-back in 2017 and 2018 for his albums “Bad Ass and Blind” and “If You Really Want” in the Best Jazz Vocal Category. In 2019 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, University of Miami. In 2021 he was given the Disability Rights Ambassador of the Year award, presented to him by his colleague Jason Mraz.
Raul embarks on the next leg of his “Lost & Found” Tour in April 2024. Thursday, April 18th World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA Friday, April 19th Pittsburgh Winery Pittsburgh, PA, Saturday, April 20th The Holland Theatre Bellafontaine, OH, Sunday, April 21st Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL, Tuesday, April 23rd The Midtown GR Grand Rapids, MI, Wednesday, April 24th The Blue Llama Ann Arbor, MI, Friday, April 26th Koerner Hall w/ Alex Cuba Toronto, Canada, Saturday, April 27th Pausa Art House Buffalo, NY, Sunday, April 28th Caffe Lena Saratoga, NY

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Date:
April 28
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Venue

Caffe Lena
47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Phone
(518) 583-0022
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