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Bomba Estereo & Grupo Fantasma

With support from Ohio University Performing Arts, Stuart's Opera House is hosting a night of two of the finest acts in current Latin music with Bomba Estereo & Grupo Fantasma! You may remember Bomba Estereo for their unbelievable late night set at the 2011 Nelsonville Music Festival, and we can't wait to see them inside Stuart's! The Austin Chronicle says "Few acts have fused folkloric and futuristic sounds with more explosive results than Bomba Estéreo. The Colombian group fused cumbia with pounding electro-beats and psychedelic surf guitar"  Grammy winners Grupo Fantasma have 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. Self Help will open the evening with a DJ set.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! | General Admission: $20 adv • $25 door | Box Seats: $25 adv • $30 door | Students: $15 adv • $15 door
*limited number of FREE tickets for Ohio University students, please call (740) 753-1924 to reserve yours!

Bomba Estéreo came together as a project organized by Simon Mejia in 2005, forming within the rich underground electronic scene that has become Bogota, Colombia. Recruiting fierce singer Liliana Saumet to join the group, Bomba Estéreo expanded its sound and captivating live show. The group plays an explosive dance-fusion of electronic dub and hip-hop, in a similar vein as M.I.A. and Santigold, mixed with Colombian rhythms like cumbia and champeta. Bomba made their U.S. debut at SXSW 2009, an experience that helped establish the group and their latest release, “Blow Up.” In the last several months, the group has toured everywhere from New York and Brazil out to London and Dublin. In the summer of 2009, they rocked the European festival circuit, with ecstatic crowds like the 10,000 at Denmark’s prestigious Roskilde Festival. MTV Tr3s launched Bomba Estereo as their “Discover and Download” featured artist for the entire month of August 2009, adding the “Fuego” video into heavy rotation. This exciting news followed the group’s 7 electrifying shows in 5 days across New York City in July, which culminated with a set at Central Park SummerStage with Puerto Rican hip hop icons Calle 13. New album ‘Blow Up’ was also added to rotation at influential radio stations like KCRW (Los Angeles), KUT (Austin) and KEXP (Seattle). The influence of Afro Colombian rhythms and the coastal sounds is especially important to Bomba Estereo’s music. Saumet grew up on the Colombian coast in a city called Santa Marta. “It’s a small city with a beautiful and mystical force,” she explains. “The indigenous people call it the ‘heart of the world.’ Ever since I was young, I had the opportunity to listen to such a wide variety of music, from local folk music to sounds arriving from Africa and the United States. I think that mix is reflected in our own music. “Bomba Estereo’s music hit me like a wave. The only thing I could do was ride along with it; there was no point in resisting the band’s infectious groove. (…) The hypnotic beat and the layers of sound provide background for the vocals of Liliana Saumet, who reminds me of M.I.A. and Annabella Lwin from Bow Wow Wow. She’s so full of movement and color that it’s hard to take your eyes off her, but the band had no trouble keeping up the energy to match the dynamic singer. Together, they make an irresistible combination.” - Cheryl waters / NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO “This ebullient quintet from Bogotá wraps traditional Colombian cumbia rhythms around psychedelic electronic beats, with whirlwind results. Its percussive fusion is a growing phenomenon in the American festival circuit: in the past few years Bomba Estéreo has manned the sweltering dance stages of Bonnaroo, Coachella and South by Southwest.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES

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.” In 2012 they continued to tour the globe with club and festival dates and spring/summer 2013 will bring their next studio release produced by multiple Grammy Award winner Steve Berlin of Los Lobos as well as a live DVD / album package recorded in their hometown of Austin, Texas. “Grupo Fantasma is in their own unique place in modern musical culture so I was overwhelmed when asked to produce their upcoming release” says Berlin.  “No band around is as authentic and at the same time utterly groundbreaking in so many idioms, not to mention deadly on stage with some of the best arrangements and players around.  I think this album will have a solid chance to redefine the entire genre yet again for the current and next generation.” 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 Prince, Fania All-Stars pianist Larry Harlow, Maceo Parker, Sheila-E, Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Ruben Ramos, GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan and cult-hero Daniel Johnston. Grupo Fantasma is a ten piece musical collective formed in 2000 in Austin, Texas consisting of Jose Galeano (timbales, vocals), Kino Esparza (vocals, hand percussion), Adrian Quesada (guitar), Beto Martinez (guitar), Greg Gonzalez (bass), John Speice (drums), Matthew “Sweet Lou” Holmes (congas), Gilbert Elorreaga (trumpet), Josh Levy (baritone saxophone) and Mark “Speedy” Gonzales (trombone).