Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
LAMC hits the spot with a show on the rooftop of El Museo Del Barrio. A perfect summer breeze passes through the intimate crowd as Pacha Massive performs against a beautiful view of NYC skyscrapers. Pacha Massive's sultry female vocalist was hypnotizing and melodic. As her latin, jazz influenced voice flowed to the reggae, cumbia beats, I quickly felt like the roof was really an island and my coke was a mimosa. Dominican born, Nova, blends in his hip hop-reggae stylings for a smooth, funky ride that gets the crowd in a real sexy grooving mood.
King Chango proved that a 7 year hiatus is well worth the wait when this band’s performance proved to be a musical adrenaline rush of pure body rocking, booty bumping excitement! Vocalist, Venezuelan/American, Blanquito Man, was magnetic as his energy on stage pulled the audience in and didn't let them go until he was done with them. With each pelvic thrust pumping to the beat of his own drummer, Luis Jesus Ruiz, Blanquito wasn’t afraid to leave little to the imagination. Such a raw, naughty performance made me feel slightly embarrassed until I saw a grandmother of three, dirty dancing next to me. This was the true beauty of the scene King Chango had created at El Museo. King Chango's music had something to please everyone's taste. With songs like "Sin Ti", Blanquito's voice drives to your soul, filled with passion and sincerity. "Sin Ti" was even more powerful live. This band cleverly knows how to spread messages ranging from politics to love, through their infectious rhythms. One of my favorite tunes of the night,was about their appreciation for a special plant. Who knew King Chango were such nature lovers? Guitarist, Miguel Oldenburg, added a rock and roll flair with his bluesy electrical solos to which Blanquito Man went from dancing meringue to headbanging in a spilt second. With their funky horns section, you experience a fusion that is explosive. Ska is not dead because Latin Ska is just starting to erupt.