Strumero

Strumero

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandFolkLatin

"Strumero is a talented and tight group with a true social compass and infectious songs," Bugle Boy founder, Lane Gosnay. When you mix folk, latin and jazz with positive yet stinging songwriting attuned to social welfare, you get a band that can entertain and grab attention across generations.

Biography

"Strumero is a talented and tight group with a true social compass and infectious songs."
-Bugle Boy founder, Lane Gosnay

If there's one thing to be said about Strumero, the folk/rock/jazz/Latin flavored duo from Austin, Texas it's that they really enjoy an adventure. Whether performing in the Extreme Listening Room of the Bugle Boy in LaGrange (where they were named the first annual Best of Showcase winner in 2008), playing for Kite Festival participants at Zilker Park, or getting elementary school students revved up at a campus event, it is readily apparent that singer/acoustic guitarist Michael Romero and drummer/percussionist Neal Shotwell, Jr. are having a genuinely good timeand sharing that good time with everyone around them.

The group has been emanating their nifty vibes and positive, family-friendly music since the summer of 2007. After playing coffeehouses, wine bars and restaurants throughout the Austin area for the better part of a year Strumero turned to Acoustic Chemistry Productions for the recording of their debut CD, Before I Go. Collaborating with keyboardist Michele Garcia, Strumero crafted a catchy concoction of thoughtfully happy music; 12 tunes tailor-made for an in-car sing-along while youre stuck on the highway in downtown rush hour traffic.

The title of their premier album was intentionally prophetic, for in the months immediately following the release of Before I Go the Strumero amigos took on a new set of adventures. Michael set off for Honduras and a 2-year stint serving in Peace Corps, while Neal left his roots as a science teacher to enter a highly competitive graduate degree program in nursing at the University of Texas. Though separated by the Gulf of Mexico and long hours of work and study, the chain of melodic energy connecting these musicians could not be severed. Michaels experiences with the people and music of Central America ignited fresh sparks of inspiration and when his service in Honduras was complete Strumero kicked right back into action, packing a stash of new tunes and the heightened desire to share them. Collaborating again with Acoustic Chemistry Productions and tapping the talents of guest bassist Carlton Pike, Strumero released its second CD, The Good Youve Got to Give, which chronicles not only Michaels time abroad but also the groups various service endeavors at home in Austin.

Seeking yet another musical adventure, in August of 2012 the duo challenged themselves to a creative marathon: writing, recording, and posting to their website one new song each day. The "31 Songs in 31 Days" campaign proved to be an excellent tool for stretching the artistic muscles and resulted in many of the new songs that made the cut for Strumero's 3rd CD, "Bring on the Impact," released in June of 2013. Featuring the talents of guest musicians Gina Chavez, Jackie Myers, Joshua Thomson and others, "Bring on the Impact" ushers Strumero into a new era of musical experimentation with an emphasis on social justice issues. After its release, Michael embarked on a solo tour promoting the record, which landed him an interview with NPR of Baltimore (WYPR) and performances all along the East coast. With the recent incorporation of guest bassist Kenneth Null, Strumero continues to expand its feel-good sound to whoevers listening

Set List

Up to 4 Hours Original and Cover material.

(2.5 Hour Original set if needed)