The B-Side Players have been laying down their own inimitable Latin global funk since they came together in 1994 and have toured with the likes of James Brown, The Wailers, Los Van Van, Ben Harper, Calle 13, Juanes, Aterciopelados, Cultura Profetica, Amigos Invisibles, Sergent Garcia, Ozomatli, Nortec, Molotov, La Ley, Slightly Stoopid, War, Sheila E, Stanley Jordan, Poncho Sanchez, Fishbone, and Toots & The Maytals.. The San Diego-based 9-piece is a sought after concert for Tucsonans who catch their annual tours through Arizona.
B-Side's sound honors the international cross-pollination that has always made music the universal language. They use any beat that catches their ear, regardless of geography or genre, to create a compelling, horn-driven, polyrhythmic groove. They continue exploring the multifaceted grooves of Latin America and the Caribbean, incorporating the sounds of Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil with the funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop rhythms of their homeland, dropping bits of Cumbia, Salsa, gritty street Samba, Son Montuno, Jarocho and Boogalo into the mix.
"The root of all pop music is African," says Karlos Paez, the band's lead vocalist, trumpet player and founder. "Our sound acknowledges that fact. That's why the music is so soulful. We're playing the ancient beats that came from Africa to create reggae, son, Afro-beat and funk and mixing 'em all together." While still in grammar school, Karlos heard the music of Bob Marley & Carlos Santana and started playing guitar, trombone, trumpet, and began to write songs. He met the musicians that would become the first incarnation of The B-Side Players in an African Drumming class in 1994. "We were all playing with bands in the local funk, punk rock, and acid jazz scene in the early 90s," Paez recalls. "When we started playing together, our sound was different because we brought an Afro-Latin edge to the music."
Known for igniting crowds with their fierce rhythms and uplifting message of unity and consciousness, The B-Side Players always keep their focus on the political climate of the world and nation. The B-Side Players are a living and breathing cultural art experience for the mind body and soul.
Age 18 & up = $17 advance / $22 day of show Ages 12-17 = $14 advance / $19 day of show Ages 4-11 = $4.00 Ages 3 & Under = Free
Call (520) 398-2542 for tickets
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts (View)
330 E. 7th St.
Tucson, AZ 85705