NAHANT — Residents got to take a musical journey on Thursday night.
The public library continued its summer concert series — which features a new local artist each week — with Gian Carlo Buscaglia, whose style was described as old-school Latin music by library staff member Carolyn Ziering.
Ziering said Buscaglia and other musicians from the concert series have spent stints busking in the early stages of their careers, adding that it’s been great to give these artists a platform.
“I think it’s important to hear local musicians and we certainly have noticed in Nahant that anybody local that people in the community know, they will come to the program just to hear them because they are from Nahant,” said Ziering.
Buscaglia made the night entertaining with his musical talent, as well as his efforts to interact with the crowd during his performance. The Puerto Rican performer strummed his guitar at a rapid rate with the rhythm almost compelling audience members to move.
When audience members weren’t clapping, they were roaring with laughter. In between songs, Buscaglia cracked jokes with those who came to watch him play.
Buscaglia came to the United States when he was 12 years old. He spent the rest of his childhood in Massachusetts, graduating from Bedford High School.
The musician said his knowledge of both Latin and American culture is valuable to him as a performer, adding that he was lucky to grow up with exposure to both cultures.
“I love the music that I play,” said Buscaglia. “I strictly sing in Spanish, but the trick to make this work is to be able to know your references as far as cultures go and ages and everything like that to make the people feel comfortable. At the end of the day, the cliche is that music is the language that everybody understands.”