Grupo Fantasma has been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre and has continually defied expectations to create one of the most unique musical voices to come out of the United States in the last decade. In 2011 they garnered further acclaim by winning a Grammy (their second such nomination) for their self-produced release El Existential on Nat Geo Music which the Wall Street Journal called "Latin music both new and traditional...vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification."
The band's incendiary live show, declared by NPR as "seamless whenever and wherever they’re on stage" has brought the band to major festivals and venues internationally including Bonnaroo, North Sea Jazz Festival and Lowlands in the Netherlands, Kennedy Center, London’s O2 Arena, Montreal Jazz Festival, WOMEX, Tempo Latino (France) as well as two tours to Kuwait and Iraq to entertain US troops. Their diverse spectrum of rabid and devoted fans such as Rodney Anonymous from the Dead Milkmen and Stu Cook from Creedence Clearwater Revival speaks to the ensemble's universal appeal beyond just Latin or world music fans. In addition, they have worked or recorded with Maceo Parker, Sheila-E, Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Ruben Ramos and cult-hero Daniel Johnston.
"Latin music both new and traditional...vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification" –Wall Street Journal
"Latin funk masters." – USA Today
"A sound done so right that you have to hand the crown to this group." – Huffington Post
Y LA BAMBA:
With their new album, Court the Storm, Portland OR's Y La Bamba return with a haunting second full-length of delicately crafted art folk. "The voice is most effective when it's indistinguishable from the emotion of the lyric as well as the drama of the rhythm and chords" says NPR's Felix Contreras when discussing Y La Bamba's stunning front-woman, adding "...Luz Elena Mendoza stands very near the front of this pack." On Court the Storm, these ethereal vocals combine with bittersweet melodies and thrumming Latin-inspired rhythms to form an indie pop masterpiece.
"This gives me goosebumps, it's so beautiful." - Jasmine Gars, NPR
"Mendoza's voice seemed otherworldly...It is light and ethereal yet seemingly tortured — she sings with deep emotion, if not pain."