Non-Cuban. But good:
There ‘aint no party like a Babalao party…
…’cause the Babalao party don’t stop! Toronto’s Babalao Stereo Club are quickly making a serious name for themselves in the city’s Latin-Funk music scene with their high-energy grooves and sultry sound. Thursday, September 15th marks the debut of their long-awaited first full-length CD, The Latin Bang Theory, at Toronto’s historic Gladstone Hotel. Special guests for the evening will include Toronto’s percussion posse Samba Squad, award-winning Venezuelan guitarist Pinguino and DJ Double K from Parkdale Funk.
- Babalao Stereo Club
- The Latin Bang Theory – CD Release Party
- Thursday, September 15, 2011
- The Gladstone Hotel
- 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
- with special guests Samba Squad, award-winning Venezuelan guitarist Pinguino
- and DJ Double K from Parkdale Funk
- Doors @ 8pm | Show @ 9pm | Admission $10
- Information: 647-401-9247 | www.babalaostereoclub.com
Formed in 2006, Babalao Stereo Club is an impressive Latin-Funk group consisting of five highly skilled and extremely talented musicians – Samba Squad co-director and front man, percussionist David Figliano, guitarist Manuel Rivas, bassist Jamie Sanchez, pianist Adam Silver and drummer Luis Bertolotti. Citing influences that include Los Amigos Invisibles, Carlos Santana and Los Tetas, this innovative five piece band blends spicy Latin elements such as Salsa, Merengue and Mambo with North American Funk, House, Afrobeat and contemporary dance rhythms.
Babalao Stereo Club enjoyed a successful EP release in 2008 as well as a series of high-profile gigs such as opening for Femi Abosede and Grammy Award winning Latin sensation Alex Cuba. They have also been featured on various popular radio programs including CIUT’s Dos Mundos with Sergio Elmir, Jason Palma’s Higher Ground and BBC Radio’s The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show.
With Babalao Stereo Club you’re always guaranteed an exceptionally good time. They never fail to get the crowd pumped and energized with their tight, infectious grooves and intoxicating sound. The Latin Bang Theory lives up to their reputation, launching an arsenal of hot original tracks and ingenious fresh new mixes. This fierce and funky quintet is a never-ending dance party delivering a unique and distinctive heart thumping experience.
“There is no mistaking their musical message from the way they instantly engage the crowd, urging them closer to the stage and sharing pure energy. Babalao Stereo Club have a great mix of songs and samples and it’s a bonus too that they all carry strong vocals to support the power of the instrumentation.”
Eryn Vogn – Link Promotions