Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 13:56

Grupo Fantasma 8/24/11 + Video

Grupo Fantasma 8/24/11 Kelsey McClure
Written by Dannie Boyd
Rate this item
(4 votes)

Related Video

About this Media...

  • Date Recorded: August 24, 2011
  • Artist / Band: Grupo Fantasma
  • Hosting Show: Hip City
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Paul Oryem

Spicing up their big band sound with funk, soul and rock, Grupo Fantasma has transformed Latin music and gained international notoriety.

The Austin-based band builds on Latin roots by adding in-depth rhythm, sometimes fueled by reggae-like bass and electric guitar. The group focuses on Spanish lyrics and lets cumbia and salsa inspire their stage performances.

The 10-piece band consists of Adrian Quesada (guitar), Johnny Lopez (drums), José Galeano (vocals, timbales), Gilbert Elorreaga (trumpet), Beto Martinez (guitar), Kino Esparza (vocals), Greg González (bass), Joshua Levy (saxophones), Matthew "Sweet Lou" Holmes (congas) and Mark "Speedy" Gonzáles (trombone). They've provided on-stage backup for recording artist Prince and received a Grammy award for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album in 2011.

The self-described "Latin funk orchestra" formed in 2000 and released its debut album in 2002. The self-titled record sold 7,000 units and was largely distributed at the band's shows. Grupo Fantasma has a history of releasing albums independently to maintain creative control over its music. The band's most recent release is "El Existential," and features pianist Larry Harlow of Fania and guitarist Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets. Grupo Fantasma is currently on tour and appears at the Gramophone in St. Louis on August 24.

All photos by Kelsey McClure. See more at her Flickr stream.

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


Search Parties

Tue September 9

88.1 KDHX Shows

m-guitar.jpg

KDHX Recommends

September
Saturday
20

The Thin Dimes at Harvest Sessions 2014

The Thin Dimes at Harvest Sessions 2014 Harvest Sessions welcomes the old-time country blues of the Thin Dimes for this weekend's concert in the park. This free Saturday morning concert series takes place at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market, and runs May through...


September
Saturday
20

Tower of Song: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen and 80th Birthday Party

Tower of Song: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen and 80th Birthday Party Leonard Cohen started out as a poet, and poetry -- ecstatic, spiritual, erotic and political -- suffuses all of his work. When he launched a career as a songwriter and singer in the '60s, only Bob Dylan could match his visionary...


September
Saturday
20

Lee Fields and The Expressions

KDHX welcomes Lee Fields and The Expressions to 2720 Cherokee on Saturday, September 20 at 8pm.   Tickets on sale now at www.ticketweb.com.


Online Users

3 users and 10890 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook