Los Tikkilyches are a 5-piece band fusing Latin-Surf-Funk with Rockin' Soul-Reggae. They reside in Sayulita, Mexico; an international bohemian epicenter of art, culture, and music. The band is composed of 2 couples: Alyssa Adams (vocals, keys, accordion) and Jess Edmondson (electric guitar, vocals); Julia Blumenthal (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Jonas Brewer (electric bass, flute); as well as, Canek Bojorquez (drums). Los Tikkilyches infuse lots of energy and good vibes into their live shows and love to create crazy vocal harmonies in multiple languages. Their original compositions provide room for improvization so each and every performance is unique. In additon to their full electric sound, the band enjoys performing purely acoustic with upright bass, flute, accordion, acoustic guitar, and percussion. Los Tikkilyches are planning their first West Coast Tour of the US and Canada for Summer 2009.
Paz, Amor y Musica!
Alyssa Adams- Vocals, Keyboard, Accordion
Julia Blumenthal - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Misc. Percussion
Canek Bojorquez- Drums, Percussion
Jonas Brewer- Bass, Flute
Jess Edmondson- Electric Guitar, Vocals
Los Tikkilyches: Mejor Que Langosta! (2009)
Los Tikkilyches: Live in Sayulita (2009)
Music Video: Love Light
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Sayulita's hottest band - the one with the unusual name - is taking its show on the road. Los Tikkil...Sayulita's hottest band - the one with the unusual name - is taking its show on the road. Los Tikkilyches, self-described Latin-surf-funk-rockin' soul-reggae fusion group, were a hit here last season, playing many gigs for enthusiastic crowds. The band's high energy mix of covers and originals gets people on the dance floor, with hits from Aretha Franklin, Antiballas Afrobeat Orchestra, Bob Marley and Manu Chao. Starting August 2, the band embarks on a self-financed tour, with shows in Coloma, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and the Burning Man Festival in California; Eugene, Bend, and Portland, Oregon; Hood River, Seattle, Yakima, and Twisp, Washington; and Vancouver and Whistler, Canada.
Los Tikkilyches are: Alyssa Adams (vocals, keys, accordion), Jess Edmondson (electric guitar, vocals); Julia Blumenthal (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Jonas Brewer (electric bass, flute). Past drummers were Rio Chenery and Canek Bojorquez, but for the tour, the drummer will be Chad Sylva.
According to Blumenthal, a friend suggested the name Tikkilyches, which are little sand crabs you dig up when a wave crashes."Supposedly you can make a stew with them and they taste better than lobster," she said. "So we decided our slogan would be: 'Los Tikkilyches, mejor que langosta'."
The band formed in May, 2008. As their success grew, Blumenthal said listeners told the band they should tour.
"We started making an e-mail list ... and a lot of people wrote comments like: 'Come play in ________.' We decided to give them what they wanted!"
"It was really an overwhelming response from the fans that pushed us to do this tour," added Adams. "Their amazing help and support gave us the confidence that we can make our dream of touring with our music a reality."
Los Tikkilyches just recorded a new CD with 13 original songs they want to promote: "Bring a little South up to the North," Blumenthal explains. The band is funding the tour from tips, plus CD and T-shirt sales from the Sayulita shows. Hopefully, they'll be back in Sayulita for another rockin' high season.
"We've had such a great response from everyone in Sayulita, locals and tourists, that's what is really amazing," Blumenthal said. "I can't really go anywhere without someone asking: 'When are you guys going to play again'?"
The group's appeal is that they offer a seamless mix of modern and classic music, with both Latin and North American influences. "We are all open to creation and improvisation, so each time we play the songs are a bit different. We all have been influenced and inspired by Latin rhythms and music while living in Mexico and we have quite a few original songs in Spanish," Adams said.
To contact the band, email email@example.com or visit the website at: www.myspace.com/lostikkilyches
Article by Julia Caranci. Julia Caranci has been a journalist and freelance writer for more than ten years, but recently gave up her job as a newspaper editor in British Columbia to live in Sayulita full-time
In a typical set, Los Tikkilyches play 2/3 originals and 1/3 covers, sung in English and Spanish. Shows usually last about 3+ hours, with 12 songs each set.
Covers include artists such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Manu Chao, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Sublime, Lila Downs, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Gladys Knight, The Grateful Dead.