Junior Makes the Gig
by Leni Matlin
In 1999, I took some long needed R&R and spent 6 months in Costa Rica in the Caribe Sur area, near Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. I wound up playing in an island music group 3 nights a week and though the pay was only 5000 colones a night – $18 at the time – the true value lay in a cultural experience not countable in currency.
That’s where I met Junior Alvarez and got to know him and hear his story.