The first-year band has already had some strange stage-fellows. While it's not that odd to ponder Fantasma opening for Flaco Jimenez and Los Lobos, KRS-One does not leap to mind as an ideal partner. The band also headlines a biweekly gig at Austin's Empanada Parlour.
Grupo Fantasma's eponymous album was one of the finest releases in any genre from Austin this past year, giving that city's underrated Latin scene yet another boost. With La Tribu and the various Super Seven gatos also on the prowl in the area, el capital is giving San Antone a run for its money as the Central Texas Latin music hub. So all those Austinites sick of Texas-style John Hiatt wanna-bes and "heart-felt steel guitar chords" can go to Medellín in the meantime.