Los Mocosos bring Latin spice to the table
Reventon, n. Chicano-Latino slang for one heck of party.
Who: Los Mocosos
Where: Boot Pub Fairgrounds
When: Aug. 31
And then theres spicy.
"We like to call it Latin Soul," says lead vocalist Manny Martinez.
Once that meant a specific Latino audience for sounds of Los Mocosos, the seven-piece "little Latin rascals."
But with an expansion of musical styles and an attempt to reach mainstream radio stations, the spicy explosion from these music veterans is gathering new listeners while they tour.
"Originally the band was geared (towards Latin sounds), but (as with) anything else artistic you cant put that constraint on things," adds Martinez.
"The core of the band is Latino, and theres a lot of that in us, but we were brought up in the States with rock and funk and other stuff."
Adding feathers to the gig hat, Los Mocosos were asked to perform with the Latin Warped tour Watcha in 1999, a variation of the annual high-energy Vans Warped tour.
Their bio is impressive, a band whose members, from the heart of San Franciscos Mission district, have played with among others Prince, Primus, and Love & Rockets.
With a few lineup changes since 1997, the bands lineup for Whistlers Zoophorus features Victor Castro, Hawaiian-born Gordon Ramos (tenor sax), Steve Carter (keyboards), Henry Padilla, Fabian Paredes (drums), and Mike Lazarus.
"Were more of a band than weve ever been," adds Martinez, who says Holland was one highlight from a recent tour of Europe.
"People were up and out of their seats!"
When comparing their sound to other bands, listeners also mention hints of Santana, Ozomatli the wild percussion troupe that played at this years World Ski and Snowboard Festival and rock group Mana. And thats the kind of shakin the bands music makes you want to do.
"Music feeds my soul. Were definitely not doing this for the money," Martinez adds.
The bands second album, Shades of Brown , " is less political than the first," says Martinez.
Their first album, Mocos Locos , received extensive on-air play on college campuses with the single Brown and Proud, from former member Happy Sanchez.
The album received critical acclaim for its political voice tagged with funky beats. The album was touched with the zesty hint of Cuban piano, while a rendition of the James Bond theme song Thunderball was too good for listeners to pass up.
For a little sizzlin Spanish rhythm with touch of hip-hop, check out their show on Aug. 31.
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