• Matuto

On Saturday evening, as part of the city’s Summerdance program, New York guitarist Clay Ross brings his band Matuto to town for the first time. When the South Carolina native moved to NYC in 2002, he was intent on making his way as a jazz musician, but he soon reconciled that desire with his own roots in southern folk. A few years after arriving, he found work playing with Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista in his eclectic band Beat the Donkey, an experience that gave Ross an obsession with roots music from northeastern Brazil, particularly the city of Recife in Pernambuco, where’s he traveled four times since 2006.