Hola y Aloha kakou!

Every Friday night Heritage Hall in Paia hosts Latin Nights with Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo 

The night starts out with an intro salsa lesson as part of the $15 adults/$10 under 18 cover. The lesson starts at 8:00 until the band starts at 8:30.

This is event is all ages and is BYOB.  You can bring alcohol if you choose or any beverage of your liking.  

Eduardo and his yummy tacos will be on site so bring your appetite!

There is good ventilation and ample room for dancing as well as seating!

Heritage Hall is located at 401 Baldwin Ave. at the top of Paia across from the Old Sugar Mill.

We hope to see you there …old friends and new!

A hui hou!

I will be playing Thursday Jan. 25th, Feb. 1st and Feb. 8th, at South Maui Gardens …No cover, great food (really the best food trucks on the island!), fantastic setting! Hope to see you there! 6-8 pm.

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Here’s a little collage shout to all those who made the Rocky Horror Show at the Iao Theater this Oct. so fun and memorable!!! mahalo!
Dr. Nat Solo guitar and voice demo from Ocean Organic Vodka Distillery and Farm Kula, Maui.

Demo of solo looping on Pacific Whale Foundation

I have the exquisite pleasure of presenting some of my friends on this song I composed entitled “ What You Need”…At such an interesting time in each one of our lives these beloveds all recorded their own super sweet musings and made the assembling of the clips one of the most fun labors of love I have done in a long time!!

In quarantine I have taken the freedom to name my co-conspirators in this daence play “the Quarantinos” they are: Rizca Perkins , Kehaunani Kaauwaii , Stephen Smith , Julia Alexandra Crespo Tiger Tabby, Marchello and Cristina and Touque!!! Mahalo to Lisanna Gabriel for her help as well with the costume of some crazy painter who dropped by!!

It is but a small gesture of my longing for the wonderful friday nights at Heritage Hall where so many lovely smiles adorn the dance floor and my band of brothers in Rio Ritmo get to groove together. I hope everyone is doing well and holding strong…Ever strong and healthy! We will be back dancing again soon!!!

This song is one that wrote itself …and if it touched the heart of one person then the Cosmos is grateful to have made that connection…could be someone I don’t even know really. Yet am grateful to have been in a place to guide it through to her (or him?! lol)


New bachata “Solo Ronroneo” dedicated to my stolen and then returned gatita. 
Big mahalo y gracias a Sandra Rodrigues for her feline prowess!! super bella.


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About Nat

Hola Y Aloha Kakou! 

Hi my name is Nat… I’m a Naturopathic Doctor and thus referred to sometimes as “Dr. Nat” and I am an artist primarily doing music however I have enjoyed various disciplines in the performing arts. I was born in Argentina to an American father and Chilean mother and raised in the U.S. (PA) And have lived on Maui for over 30 years. 

For the last few decades I have performed as a vocalist/guitarist/percussionist and band leader, actor and radio DJ amongst other roles. I compose and record original music in various styles but my greatest influences come from the world of Afro-Latin-Carribean music where I enjoy the great richness of rhythm and syncopation. Whether I am playing on my guitar and enjoying the beauty and simplicity of the more airy sound or with full bands locking in a groove it is all a very powerful medicine to my soul. It is my hope that through the Aloha this brings to me it is transmitted to the listener.  I hope to see you in the dance sometime…

On The Air

For fans of the Dr. Nat radio program second Saturdays on Manao Hana Hou radio after 12 years I will be taking a sabbatical from the airwaves.  I thank you those of you who encouraged me to continue these years and gave me an audience to play my favorite artists on my favorite radio station.  I hope I will return to the airwaves sometime in the future but a redirection was due and I will focus my energy in other endeavors for a while. Mahalo, Grazie, Gracias, Merci, Obrigado …thank you ….Mana Hana Hou ohana….and you the listener!

Come see us LIVE

We're ALWAYS fun!!


I was traveling throughout the Caribbean in the 90s and I deepened my  love with the rhythms and the history of the region. Around the same time my father passed and I journeyed into the phase of my life of deep introspection and the quest for a better understanding of life and sound and rhythm was a big factor in learning basically the path to becoming a man. To see the seeds of rhythm and sound travel like a diaspora across the world carried by multiple cultures like a sacred treasure of humanity created much of the wonderment that guided the formation of the Rio Ritmo band. Basically the band started in 1997 and began playing out by the summer of the next year. Over time a repertoire of many of the Afro-Carribean/Latin rhythms such as Salsa/son, Chachacha, Boogaloo, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Samba, Samba Reggae, Bolero and even Timba Cubana was created  and deep friendships were formed and magical experiences of this River of Rhythm began to birth.  

The music has been a treasure and often is what brought the band to discover parts of the island and people we otherwise probably never would have had the blessing of knowing. The band grew over time and there is a long history of great musicians who have been a part of the Rio Ritmo experience. To those who are still with the band and those who may not be presently with the band I am so grateful to have had a life where we were able to play music together. I hold these years very dear from the humble beginnings playing on the corner of Makawao and Baldwin Avenues at the Makawao Cafe sunday brunches to the long fun run of friday nights across the street at Casanova Restaurant and Night Club. For years there people would come from all parts of the island-even Hana and Kapalua just to dance with us on friday nights and it was truly one of the bright lights of our history together. I have a deep nostalgia of that time as a young musician being mentored by the older brothers in the band…learning about music and groove and dance and really life itself as to develop such a powerful means of flying with other people merely by sharing the soul of music on a bandstand and the synergy of people finding their place in the spectrum of rhythm by dancing with and to us. I thank all of you who were there during those hallmark years and I look forward to continuing this dance with all of you …as musicians, as dancers and as listeners.  Mahalo, gracias, obrigado….Thank you so very much for receiving this music past, present and future. 

The Rio Ritmo band is versatile in configuration and instrumentation varying from 5 piece to 10 piece band with horn section and full rhythm section depending upon the event’s needs.



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