Crowd favorites Spanglish Fly returns to SOBs, fresh off a tour to celebrate their critically-acclaimed new album, fresh off a breakthrough season of being featured in the New York Times, Billboard, the Huffington Post, NPR's Alt.Latino and WNYC Soundcheck.
Spanglish Fly is the premiere band of the Latin boogaloo revival. Latin boogaloo is 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.
Spanglish Fly's new record, Ay Que Boogaloo! (Chaco World Music), sees the NYC based band continuing to use Latin 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. In his liner notes, Bobby Sanabria calls the record "a combination of great musicianship, clever songwriting, and slick arranging. And guess what Pilgrims? You can dance to it too!"
The record showcases the dual-lead vocals of Mariella Gonzalez and Paloma Muñoz, in English and Spanish, fronting a band of three percussionists, four horns, and swinging bass and piano/organ.