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Xenia Rubinos' multifaceted music styles at The Black Sheep

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Xenia Rubinos constructed a variety of sounds at The Black Sheep, on Feb. 18. She was the direct support, Get Along was the opening act and Man Man were the headliners.

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Marco Buccelli is the drummer and backup vocalist and Xenia Rubinos is the vocalist and keyboardist.

Rubinos and Buccelli made their way onto the stage, after the stage lights turned on and the crowd welcomed them with cheers. They opened their recital with “L.O.V.E. (Intro)”. As Rubinos played the keyboard, she adjusted her microphone stand and requested for the reverb to be readjusted. Every so often, she would lean back and sing away from the microphone.

After Rubinos voice was adjusted through the monitors, she continued her performance with “Help”. As she provided the opening lyrics, she accompanied her words with hand gestures with her right hand and continued to play the keyboard with her left. Later on, she repeatedly clapped her hands together and sang above the noise. As she did so, the spectators followed suit and clapped their hands along with her.

Before “Whirlwind” began, Rubino placed a drum stick on top of her keyboard. Buccelli provided a brief drum solo, as Rubinos stood next to her keyboard and motioned with her fingers to hear more. As he continued to play—she walked near the front of his drum set, took her drum stick with her and interacted with the fans in the process. She relocated a stand with cymbals attached to it, repeatedly struck it and accompanied Buccelli.

Buccelli and Rubinos took turns shouting the song title, “Pan y Café”. Rubinos later mentioned it translated into bread and coffee, in Spanish. As they continued to alternately shout the song title, Rubinos walked to the front and center of the stage. As the drumming intensified—Buccelli stood on top of his drum set and continued to shout the name.

Prior to ending Rubinos’ recital with “Hair Receding”—she introduced Buccelli and mentioned it was their first time in Colorado Springs, Colo. She went onto say her recent album, “Magic Tricks”, was released last year. Then, she said she brought the compact disc and vinyl versions of the album. She went onto say how she was excited to be on tour with Man Man and brought an end to her concert.

“When You Come, “Cherry Tree”, Black Stars” and “Motorcycle Song” were also part of Xenia Rubinos’ set.

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