Grupo Fantasma, the funkiest, finest and hardest working Latin orchestra to come out of the United States in the last decade will continue their relentless assault of the road this summer. "They blast off in their own funktified, genre-breaking directions" exclaimed Billboard Magazine and the Boston Globe declared that "Fantasma is honing a decidedly 21st-century version of Latin groove." Their trademark innovative sound and incendiary live shows garnered a cover feature in Pollstar Magazine, radio spots on NPR’s "Day to Day" and PRI’s "The World" and extensive press coverage throughout North America and Europe. Their most recent album, the Grammy nominated Sonidos Gold spent several months in the top ten of the CMJ world charts.
Jose Galeano, the band’s elder statesman and primary songwriter (nephew of the infamous percussionist "Chepito" from the original Santana band) was especially moved by the recognition. "Just like Prince’s seal of approval, the Grammy nomination sends a message that the band’s music and performances are of the highest quality, and that we can conquer anything we put our minds to. It is quite an accomplishment. Finally the masses will know that we kick some serious ass!"
The Grammy nomination was clearly a fitting end to a 2008 that was packed with rave reviews and massive touring across North American, Europe, and beyond. Highlights include the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Bonnaroo, Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the horn section performing with Prince at Coachella and the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and a ten day engagement to entertain troops stationed in Kuwait and Iraq. 2009 continued with small runs on the east and west coast, another trip to military bases in the Middle East, and a headlining spot at the Festival International de Louisiane. Grupo Fantasma will also return to Europe for festivals in August. DON’T MISS THEM LIVE!
Grupo Fantasma Tour Dates
Fri, July 17th – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Sat, July 18th – Detroit, MI @ Concert of Colors
Sun, July 19th – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Tue, July 21st – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
Wed, July 22nd – Boston, MA @ Museum of Fine Arts
Thu, July 23rd – Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre
Fri, July 24th – Floyd, VA @ Floyd Festival
Sat, July 25th – Guelph, ON @ Hillside Festival
Sun, July 26th – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Waterfront
Tue, July 28th – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
Wed, July 29th – Richmond, VA @ Plaza Bowl
Thu, July 30th – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
Fri, July 31st – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Sat, Aug 1st – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe