Thursday, April 21, 2011
Venezuelan band Bacalao Men play the UK
UPDATE: Fuerza London gig on 23 June at Clapham Grand is off! See below for new venue:
Venezuela's tropical fusionistas the Bacalao Men will be touring the UK in June, with a gig on 18 June at the Latin Garden (Nancy's Bordello) in Newcastle, as part of the Vamos Festival; a free gig on 21 June at Bolivar Hall, the Venezuelan cultural centre in London; and another on 23 June at Rich Mix near Brick Lane, where they will share the stage with the Afro-Colombian electro outfit Papaya Republik.
In songs like Malibu Azul and El Comegente (The Cannibal) Bacalao Men combine a zesty blend of rock, funk, jazz and electronica with a hearty splash of Afro-Latin flava and seventies salsa.
Formed in 1999 by singer and bassist Pablo Estacio with saxophonist Aurelio Martinez and drummer Sebastian Araujo, the band were later joined by Rafael Gomez, the guitarrist of the band Lapamariposa, and legendary Venezuelan salsa percussionist Vladimir Rivero.
They have just released their third album Sabaneando (Pilla & Esperanto Records), featuring guest singers and musicians from the Caracas music scene.
For more music samples check out the Bacalao Men on myspace