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February 4th, 2010
Grupo Fantasma funkifies Latin music

020310usegfGrupo Fanstma at Antone’s. Photo by Daniel Perlacky.

by HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

There are a lot of reasons why you should know Grupo Fantasma, appearing Friday at Bar One41 (formerly Lucy’s), located at 141 East Hopkins Street.

The band’s album “Sonidos Gold,” was nominated for a Grammy. Grupo served as Prince’s back-up band at Coachella, on the Tonight Show and at the Super Bowl. Recently the band has laid tracks with Kirk Kirkwood from the Meat Puppets for their coming release. The band has played for the troops in Kuwait and Iraq.

But the real reason you should know Grupo is because this 10 piece band plays the most refreshing and spirited, modern, blend of mambo, rhumba, funk, merengue, salsa  and cumbia on the planet. The band makes music just walking down the street, probably breathes music.

The All Music Guide called Grupo “one of the decade’s most important artists in the Latin genre.”  The Village Voice said, “They’ll knock you down with the grooves.”  Quite frankly, while Prince is probably a pop-R&B-Funk music genius, he required Grupo Fantasma when he wanted to put his own twist on Latin music. He needed Grupo to give him a roadmap. It’s not really his territory. It is most decidedly theirs and, what’s more, Grupo keeps exploring new landscapes.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at door. Advance tickets are on sale now at Sundance  Records and FrontgateTickets.com. The doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m.

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