The minute that you try and put Michael Reyes and Bryanna Evaro’s Desert Rhythm Project in a genre box, they will bust right out of it. I have attempted to myself, and failed. They consistently and delightfully blow past expectations and teach listeners the difference between noise and sound. Their neo-roots, Marley inspired, So Cal Reggae flavor will penetrate your neuro system with whatever delivery system they choose, be it a sprinkling of funk, hip-hop, rock or pure roots rhythm, Desert Rhythm Project creates a full-flavored new world music platter that is uniquely theirs and theirs alone. It is a gift to those who have been fortunate enough to bear witness to it as will testify anyone in the audience of their most recent performance at Joshua Tree Music Festival. Michael Reyes and his soul mate, Bryanna Evaro, have enough music in themselves individually to flood the low and high deserts. Together, there is a beautiful kind of magic.
Evaro comes from a family that has become legend here in the desert. With a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, I’ve often wondered what was in their drinking water that could permeate three generations of indelible music and beauty. There is a quiet, earthy grace about Bryanna. On stage, however, strapped into her bass, she is the goddess of all that is cool, fierce and funky. Her voice, like butter, adds melty harmonies but on its own, can also pack a wonderfully powerful punch. “I love that I am able to play and write music alongside Michael,” shared Evaro. “He never ceases to amaze me. Our styles are so different but that’s what makes it so much fun. It’s nice to step out of my comfort zone, learn new techniques, and write music that maybe I would have never written.” Reyes would be the first to tell you how deeply vital Evaro is to his music and his life.