Grupo Fantasma performs Friday, January 19, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483. Check out the HouStoned Rocks music blog for an interview with Grupo Fantasma vocalist/songwriter Jose Galeano.
Don't let the fact that you don't speak Spanish keep you away from Grupo Fantasma's show. The Austin-based group's Latin dance/funk/rock/reggae/R&B/Afro-Cuban style translates really well. (If only they could think of a short name for it.) The 11-piece band has one mission: Make everybody dance! During the last six years, Grupo Fantasma has gone from playing every beer stop in Texas to repeat appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and a reputation-making performance at the Festival International de Jazz de Montrťal. Grupo has spent much of 2006 recording and then promoting their latest CD, Grupo Fantasma Comes Alive, so fans can expect plenty of tunes from that release, like "Cocinando" and "Rico Tumbao," along with some favorites from the group's 2004 CD, Movimiento Popular. Just be sure to wear your dancing shoes.