Walter Salas-Humara Performs Oct. 7

Former singer-songwriter for The Silos to appear at Dogwood

In pop music’s increasingly distant past, before alternative went mainstream, there were The Silos. Formed in New York in the early ’80s by the Cuban-American Walter Salas-Humara (and his then partner and fellow Floridian Bob Rupe) The Silos’ early music earned them notice from mainstream media, being voted Best New American Band in the 1987 Rolling Stone Critic’s Poll as well as garnering appearances on The David Letterman Show.

Walter Salas-Humara

Walter Salas-Humara

Not one to stand still, Salas-Humara, The Silos’ chief songwriter and singer, led permutations of the band on a cross-country odyssey that encompassed residencies in Austin, Texas, Los Angeles, California, and finally Flagstaff, Arizona, along the way producing a catalog of band, solo and collaborative work (notably with Alejandro Escovedo in The Setters and author Jonathan Lethem and production team The Elegant Two on 2008’s unique You Are All My People under the band name I’m Not Jim).

Decades and nearly 30 discs later, Walter is touring behind his first solo project in 18 years, Curve and Shake.

“Firstly, I am a songwriter. That’s the root of the work. On top of that I have a unique singing voice that is very recognizable. It’s not exactly pretty and it’s not exactly dirty, but it’s very real, and my delivery is very real. The songs range from stories to simply images and poetry, but the overall effect is one of honesty and integrity,” Salas-Humara said.

The artist performs at 8:30 p.m. at Dogwood, 47 E. Main St., Beacon. There is no cover but the hat will be passed for the artist and donations gratefully accepted. Hear Walter revisit Hoping for a Comeback from the I’m Not Jim project.

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