PICK: A Night of Longing - Miramar at the Hotel Greene's Crown Room on Tuesday, June 22


One of the city's finest musical jewels, Miramar finds a perfect setting for its beautiful music at the luxurious Crown Room, the Hotel Greene's Grand Ballroom, on the night of Tuesday, June 22.

The group's richly melodic and meltingly lovely music flows from Puerto Rican boleros, bittersweet love songs drenched in poetic longing that were initially performed in artistic salons. But that hasn’t stopped the band from vastly expanding its sonic palette. Miramar toured large halls in Russia last spring, just as the world was shutting down, and it headlined a streamed concert with the Virginia Symphony last October (see video below). Also its appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert is well worth seeking out.

At the core of the band's sound is the closely paired vocals of Rei Alvarez (Bio Ritmo) and Laura Ann Singh (Quattro Na Bossa), augmented with the brilliant keyboard arrangements and playing of Marlysse Rose Simmons (Bio Ritmo). While the group can expand its romantic magic to fill the Dominion Energy Center's Carpenter Theatre or a Russian opera house, hearing the subtle interplay in the close, elegant art deco setting of the Crown Room setting should be ideal.

Simmons says the Crown Room show "will definitely feature new songs as we prepare to record [a new album] ... been trying to do that for a while. The new album will be all original songs." This gig will also feature Cameron Ralston on bass and special guest master guitarist Sebastian Cruz from New York city (originally from Colombia).

Simmons also notes that she and Singh will be performing every other Wednesday at the Hotel Greene alternating with Alvarez as DJ.

A Night of Longing- Miramar at the Crown Room will feature two sets, the first at 7 p.m. and another at 9 p.m. Advanced reservations are available at the Hotel Green website, $15 in advance, $20 at the door.