Despite being a fair distance from Big Band Jump Swing, Salsa up-and-comers Bio Ritmo have been making waves on the Swing circuit with their horn-laden, Latin and African rhythms for the past couple of years, leading to the band's current contract with Mercury Records, which released the fun and intricate Rhumba Baby Rhumba! The group — who appeared at last year's Pepsi Jammin' on Main street fest — is led by Cuban defector Rene Herrera, who found several like-minded musicians in Richmond, Va., and formed Bio Ritmo five years ago. Besides the horns, the band's exotic textures and undeniable verve does have at least one other thing in common with Swing — it's incredibly danceable. Judging by Bio Ritmo's success and the increasing popularity of this kind of music in Cincinnati, it wouldn't be surprising if, any day now, Salsa takes the place of Swing as the hip sound of the moment.
Saturday at the 20th Century.