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The Next Stage Bandwagon Summer Series Presents Pahua and Meridian Brothers on Saturday, July 20

The Next Stage Bandwagon Summer Series presents the rising star of Mexican electronic folk, Pahua, and experimental Latin Tropical band Meridian Brothers, on Saturday, July 20 at 6:00 pm at Cooper Field, 41 Sand Hill Rd, in Putney.

“Electronic beats mix with Mexican soul in Pahua. Cumbia meets psychedelic rock in The Meridien Brothers. This double bill is one for the ages,” says Keith Marks, Executive Director of Next Stage Arts. “Pahua’s artistry bridges many divides and is for anyone interested in how music marches forward with electronics, ethnic flavor, and mastery. The Meridien Brothers are for anyone who seeks out new sonic adventures while still wanting to tear up the dance floor.”

Pahua is the project of Mexican singer, composer, producer and DJ Paulina Sotomayor; a blend of electronica and folklore that represents a very deep part of its creator: femininity, nature, inner strength and self-discovery.

Pau Sotomayor, the multi-talented artist behind Pahua, brings together the traditional and the modern with a unique sound that blends folkloric melodies with lo-fi beats and empowering lyrics. Her debut EP “Ofrenda” quickly gained traction among industry tastemakers, with Rolling Stone Mexico describing it as an “ode to nature and femininity”. Pahua’s latest release, “La Cura”, sees her team up with Spanish singer and composer Gizmo Varillas, resulting in a stunning collaboration that invites listeners to connect with life and happiness. With Pahua, expect nothing but pure magic.

Colombian guitarist and composer Eblis Alvarez started Meridian Brothers twenty years ago as a vehicle for his own experimental music. Over the years, the group has evolved into a five-piece band focused on re-interpreting all manners of Latin Tropical styles with a strong psychedelic and experimental sensibility. The Meridian Brothers’ music uses popular Latin American rhythms, augmented by sampling techniques, elaborate effect processing, and Eblis’ quirky and theatrical vocals, which channel imaginary characters with both pathos and humor.

Eblis Alvarez has been an intricate part of the new generation of Colombian musicians who have been instrumental in re-inventing Colombia’s rich panoply of tropical styles, bringing them firmly into the 21st century, but retaining a sense of fun and celebration that remains essential to the music.

Eblis is also a former member of Frente Cumbiero and a current member of trio Los Pirañas.

This performance is co-presented with Secret Planet Western Mass.

The Bandwagon Summer Series is a family-friendly outdoor cultural performance series running from early May through mid-October. More than 20 performances ranging from a diverse group of musical styles, circus arts, dance, and theater will take place at ballfields, farms, and parks throughout Windham County. Kids under 12 always get in for free, and a dedicated play area will be available at all shows. Refreshments are sold onsite, including the return of the hugely popular Barr Hill cocktails. Bring a picnic and a blanket or fold-up chair to enjoy our concerts.

Cooper Field is located at 41 Sand Hill Rd, in Putney. Tickets are $20 in advance / $25 at the gate / kids under 12 free. Advance tickets are available online at For more information, visit or call 802-387-0102.

Support for the Bandwagon Summer Series is provided by M&T Bank, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Oak Meadow, The Porch Café & Catering, Brattleboro Reformer, and The Grammar School.