WHAT IS SPANGLISH FLY?
Part band, part celebration, 11 musicians igniting a party that quickly spreads to the audience. They have been hailed as the premier band of the Latin boogaloo revival, "single-handedly reviving sixties bugalú in NYC" (NBC New York).
Boogaloo! that mix of Latin and soul/R&B music that emerged from the clubs, the street corners, the transistor radios and the pool halls of 1960s Spanish Harlem, "El Barrio.” Bugalú blends Afro-Caribbean percussion and rhythms with the fervor, the feeling, and the bluesiness of 60s-era soul. Taking inspiration from the boogaloo genre while refreshing it for a new generation, SPANGLISH FLY "roars through covers, originals, and transformations of previously untouched soul hits" (Village Voice). Two female vocalists front a band of three percussionists, four horns, and swinging bass and piano/organ.
SPANGLISH FLY originated in 2009 when DJ Jonny Semi-Colon (Jonathan Goldman) started noticing that amid his sets of old-school funk and soul vinyl, what really shook the dance floor was Latin boogaloo, late-60s records by Joe Cuba, Joe Bataan, Mongo Santamaria, etc. He knew he had to form a band to play the music live in the place where it began, New York City. Soon, SPANGLISH FLY was dazzling audiences at NYC venues such as the Apollo, the Blue Note, BB King's, SOB’s, and Brooklyn Bowl, including opening for boogaloo legends Joe Bataan and Johnny Colón. Over the years, the band has toured the US east coast, bringing the party to festivals such as Charlotte's Latin American Fest and Massachusetts' Green River Festival, and to arts institutions such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Recording for the labels Electric Cowbell and Chaco World Music, they have worked with legendary Fania producer Harvey Averne (Eddie Palmieri, Machito), Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout) and the crew at Brooklyn's Truth and Soul Records. Their 2015 release New York Boogaloo was hailed as "a seriously wonderful record, full of spectacular, raucous musicianship – a very high quality of musicianship" (World Music Report).
SPANGLISH FLY’s new album, Ay Que Boogaloo (Chaco World Music) sees the band continuing to use boogaloo as a musical foundation while taking the genre in new and unexpected directions, incorporating bolero, New Orleans funk, swing jazz, Arabic chant, and other new sounds.
Jonathan Goldman, leader, trumpet
Mariella Gonzalez, vocals
Rafael Gomez, bass
Matt Thomas, tenor sax
Paloma Muñoz, vocals
Edwin “Machuco” Estremera, percussion, vocals
Ronnie Roc, bongo, bell
Arei Sekiguchi, timbales
Dylan Blanchard, percussion
Kenny Bruno, piano
Vera Kemper, trombone
Stefan Zeniuk, baritone sax
SPANGLISH FLY's multicultural cast has origins in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Japan, Argentina, Colombia, and Upper Manhattan. They come together in New York City to create quintessential music of the urban USA. Fans, whether they've been listening to boogaloo since back in the day or just yesterday, shake their thing to the band's stirring melodies, danceable grooves and instant crowd engagement. "Todos bailan y cantan, el ambiente es pura fiesta" (El Diario). Footage of them in performance is featured in the 2015 Latin boogaloo documentary We Like It Like That.
Tickets: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time student with ID