SAN LAZARO - THE LATIN FUNK HIP HOP CREW
Nine-piece Latin Mestizo band 'San Lazaro' will start the party with their heavy salsa funk at the J on Saturday the 22nd of March at 8pm. Easily the tightest Latin outfit in Australia San Lazaro's members herald from Chilean, Spanish, Indian, Mauritian, Persian, Irish, Scottish, Greek and Australian backgrounds bringing a refreshing tough, hip-hop, rock and reggae infused edge to the Latin Diaspora. If you missed them last year at WOMADelaide, Queenscliff, Woodford Folk- and are not going to catch them Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, then now's your chance to witness Melbourne based mestizo maestro's San Lazaro in action.
San Lazaro began in 2003 as a small group of young musicians inspired by the thriving Latin scene in Fitzroy, Melbourne to come together and play some Afro-Cuban Son and Salsa standards. As time went by various members of the band had traveled to Cuba and beyond, new faces arrived in their places and were often kept on, thus snowballing the group from a gentle 3 piece to a 9 headed mongrel salsa collective. They all brought their own cultural heritage and interests to the band expanding the diversity of San Lazaro's repertoire to incorporate elements of Jazz, Hip Hop, Funk, Rock and Reggae in an unrestricted melting pot of urban latin funk.
Felix Reibl from the Cat Empire: "This is the best Latin album I have heard this year. It's a killer. This album often plays before we go out then again when we get home, and has been the soundtrack to many wicked nights."
Coupled with the congas and timbales, the driving "montunto" characterizes their sound as distinctly Latin whilst the electric guitar, bass and drumset provide an urban grounding for sax and trumpet thus connecting the dots with Latin and Dub Reggae influenced horn harmonies.
San Lazaro @ the J, Saturday 22nd of March, 7pm for 8pm start, tickets to this licensed event are $20 available phone 5455 4455.
"When I hear San Lazaro I become a dancing fool" Paul Kelly.
"San Lazaro is a world-class Latin band. They play with considerable panache, and impressive enthusiasm and exuberance." Rhythms magazine.
"Every once in a long while, a band comes that has the hybrid in music that brings people from all walks of life together. We will discover with San Lazaro that in the audience, lives blend with their music which celebrates life, and makes you move and dance." Asdru Sierra, Ozomatli.
60 Noosa Drive
Phone 07 54554455