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Free 'Sting Weekend' dance party announced

Nine-piece Grupo Fantasma to play Taos Plaza Saturday night

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 8/30/19

A nine-piece Latin funk band has been booked to perform a free dance party Saturday night on Taos Plaza as part of the town's "Sting Weekend."

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Free 'Sting Weekend' dance party announced

Nine-piece Grupo Fantasma to play Taos Plaza Saturday night

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The town of Taos has announced a  free "Sting Weekend" dance party featuring hot Austin Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma Saturday (Aug. 31), 7-9 p.m., on historic Taos Plaza.

The band's appearance is part of the town's celebration of Grammy-winning recording artist Sting's performance at a sold-out show Monday (Sept. 2) in Kit Carson Park.

The nine-piece collective, Grupo Fantasma, was formed in 2000 in Austin, Texas, according to a statement from AMP Concerts, which is also in charge of bringing Sting to Taos. "They are now in their 19th year as a band. 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 21st century."

In 2011, Grupo Fantasma 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."

"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, Austin City Limits, North Sea Jazz Festival (Curacao and Rotterdam) and Lowlands in the Netherlands, Kennedy Center, London's O2 Arena, Montreal Jazz Festival, WOMEX, WOMAD, Tempo Latino (France) as well as two tours to Kuwait and Iraq to entertain U.S. troops and a recent tour in Pakistan and Qatar. Their diverse spectrum of devoted fans speaks to the ensemble's universal appeal beyond just Latin or world music," the AMP statement reads.

For more information, call town of Taos Community Events Coordinator Judy Esquibel at (575) 751-2037. Info is also available at taos.gov and ampconcerts.org.

Listen to a little of the group's music here.

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