Buenos Aires offers different events every night of the week, but for a truly unique snapshot of the city’s music scene, La Bomba Del Tiempo is not to be missed.
The percussion-based band consists of 17
musicians, and each show is completely improvised, led by a conductor who uses more
than 70 hand, finger and body signals to tell the musicians what and how to
play. Each concert is different, depending on the interaction between the
conductor, the musicians and the crowd.
The first set of each show is percussion only, but for
the second set a guest musician brings a non-percussive instrument to the stage
– such as a guitar, saxophone, DJ, keyboards or flute – which creates some
amazing results. The guest musician differs each week, as does the instrument.
Taking place every Monday at Ciudad
Cultural Konex, an old oil factory, the show starts at 7 pm and
costs 40 Argentinean pesos if you book in advance and 50 Argentinean pesos on the door. The atmosphere is fun, friendly and relaxed, with a
mix of locals, expats and tourists dancing to the hypnotic rhythms. Beer and
food are available.
Fitzgerald is the Buenos Aires Localite for BBC Travel. He also writes gringoinbuenosaires.com.