Although live, in-person performances have stopped, the members of Nosotros have remained busy.
“We’re trying to stay as relevant as possible,” band member Dennis Jasso says. “We’re such a big band who really enjoys the live performance. We haven’t played together since early March.”
That will change when Nosotros performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, as part of AMP Concerts’ drive-in music series in Santa Fe.
The nine-piece Latin powerhouse is known for combining Latin rhythms with elements of rock, salsa, jazz and cumbia.
Jasso says the band has been doing videos, in which the members record themselves and then the recordings are edited together.
The videos are then uploaded online for fans to view.
Jasso says the band is ready to perform live, though there is some anxiety about the performance.
“We’ve been coming up with ways and protocols for ourselves to keep us safe,” he says. “We’re going to have some plexiglass barriers and hand sanitizer for us to use. Of course, we’ll be wearing face masks. We’re not taking the pandemic lightly. It took a lot of thought for us to feel safe and understand. We are definitely going into it with a nervousness and a lot of caution.”
But Jasso is ready to be in front of a crowd again.
“It’s different performing in front of a camera,” he says. “We feed off an audience. This will be great to see how it goes.”
Jasso and Nosotros will have a few socially distanced rehearsals before the show.
“We’ll try to get it as tight as we can,” he says of the performance. “It’s been months since we’ve all played together. I think the show will be an opportunity for people to get out of the house and enjoy live music.”
During the downtime, Jasso says, the band has also been working on music ideas.
“We’ve been trading ideas back and forth,” he says. “Some of these ideas may grow into songs. We’re trying to keep busy through all of this.”