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Ocote Soul Sounds (featuring members of Antibalas and Grupo Fantasma) with Olas
SPACE Gallery
Portland, ME
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Ocote Soul Sounds (featuring members of Antibalas and Grupo Fantasma) with Olas
Sunday 10.25.2009, Doors at 7:30 PM, Starts at 8:00 PM, $8 advance, $10 day of show, 18+

Adrian Quesada and Martin Perna, respective bandleaders of famed ensembles Grupo Fantasma and Antibalas, once again unite under the Ocote Soul Sounds banner in support of their new album, Coconut Rock which seamlessly entwines the grit and funk of the gridlocked NYC streets, with the voices and rhythms of the dusty lanes of Latin America.

This time around finds the duo loosened up and slipping effortlessly into their trademark psychedelic afro-latin funk groove. From the Latin breakbeat rhythms of album lead-off The Revolt of the Cockroach People to the cumbia bounce of Tu Fin, Mi Comienzo to the easy guitar soundscapes of Vendendo Saude e Fe featuring Brazilian songstress Tita Lima, Coconut Rock is the third chapter in Ocote Soul Sounds unparalleled journey through sonic realms beyond!

The duo of Perna and Quesada developed their musical paths in eerily similar parallel universes. Though Quesada grew up in the Texas border-town of Laredo, and Perna came up in Philadelphia (later New York), both musicians straddled borders literally and artistically. Growing up on hip hop and the jazz and funk it was built on; both taught themselves to play multiple instruments; both had founded game-changing, booty-shaking big bands; and both were deeply moved by a powerful spirit of social and political activism, the spirit that was to become Ocote.

A chance biodiesel breakdown, which left Martin stranded in Austin, led to the two playin g around with some song ideas together, hitting the studio and ultimately resulted in their 2005 debut El Nino Y El Sol. Four years and three albums down the line, they have evolved into a seven-piece live outfit and continue to draw inspiration from a number of unusual sources: Cuban childrens rhymes about the boogyman providing the basis for El Diablo Y El au au, while Prince of Peace is all about a messiah coming back to town looking like Sun Ra, with this giant raucous marching band strutting down the streetsquite!

Sounding like a sun kissed Brazilian soundtrack from the 70s, this tasty afro beat collaboration between two of the genres biggest players has funk horns aplenty and chilled vibes throughout. For fans of Fela Kuti, Gang Starr and everyone in between. Dazed & Confused on El Nino Y El Sol


SPACE Gallery
538 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
United States



Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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