Monday, April 13, 2009

FIL: Grupo Fantasma

Switching gears today on the Festival International prep work and bringing you some latin funk by a band named Grupo Fantasma. These guys are an 11 piece latin funk orchestra from Austin, Texas, best known for their exuberant live shows and their recent association with Prince (?).

Other interesting items of note:
  • Quotes pulled from wikipedia: "They're the best band in Austin" confesses Austin Chronicle and Village Voice music critic Jim Caligiuiri, "The only other band I've seen get that kind of response was the Ramones."
  • Apparently, their horn session has recently been backing the band Spoon.
  • Their last album, "Sonidos Gold" was recently nominated for a Grammy, for Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album
  • Jose Galeano, the band’s primary songwriter is the nephew of the infamous percussionist “Chepito” from the original Santana band.
Now for the important part. These guys are gonna rock. Check out these two videos.

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