Locos Por Juana
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May
23
Locos Por Juana @ Taste of Durham Festival

Durham, North Carolina, USA

Durham, North Carolina, USA

May
22
Locos Por Juana @ Skipper's Smokehouse

Tampa, Florida, USA

Tampa, Florida, USA

May
02
Locos Por Juana @ Cinco de Mayo FANTA Festival

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

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The clock is ticking down toward Sunday's Grammy Awards, which means that it's time for some last-minute showcases from bands hoping to take home gilded gramophone statuettes. Stripped-down ensembles and 50-minute sets (if you're lucky) are the norm for this type of gig, which especially help lesser-known nominees reward longtime fans, entice curious trend-spotters and drum up viewers for the star-studded telecast ahead.

Fortunately, cramming a tour schedule doesn't have to entail compromising quality, as the gifted Miami band Locos por Juana demonstrated with a tight, tantalizing performance Wednesday at the Conga Room. After years of sending the South Beach and Little Havana crowd into a polyrhythmic tizzy, this funky, pan-Latin amalgam finally is getting coast-to-coast props for its excellent third record, "La Verdad," which is up for a Grammy in the category of best Latin rock/alternative album.

Locos por Juana deserves the accolades, along with its steadily widening support base. If you haven't yet, get ready to hear a lot of their current signature tune, "Tu Sabes Muy Bien (La Nalga)." It's the kind of jammin' single destined to be a spring break anthem.

Blending relaxed reggae grooves with biting social commentary, hip-hop raps with brassy solos, Locos por Juana pulls listeners into a reverse Gulf Stream churning through the Straits of Florida south to Jamaica, Venezuela and Colombia, and over to Puerto Rico. Unlike bands that simply blurt out half-digested influences, Locos por Juana shows with every song that it has thoroughly assimilated its multiple musical fathers, with a Caribbean lilt and a rock-steady beat.

Although the band's skanking exuberance pulses through its studio recordings, the live effect is exponentially greater. From the instant that frontman Itagüí Correa bounded on stage, shaking his dreads like bullwhips, Locos brought to the Conga Room the kind of joyful abandon associated with L.A. hometown favorites Ozomatli, without sacrificing instrumental precision. Lead guitarist Mark Kondrat and trumpeter Emiliano Torres evince discipline and finesse, and the band's rhythm section is superb.

Like L.A., Miami is a fair-weather metropolis with many dark corners. Locos caught the sunshine-noir mood with its edgy second number, a dancehall-infused cover of the Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe classic "Calle Luna, Calle Sol," with Correa and his bandmates bringing emotional nuance as well as passion to the song's scale-sliding harmonies.

Two songs later, they launched into "De Donde Es? (Imigrante)," an exhilaratingly phrased lament for the plight of the undocumented. Mexican American rapper Malverde hopped up and supplied a few cameos verses, as Locos added yet another musical shading to its 2 Tone palate. Like Kingston's reggae prophets and the guitar-and-horn-driven ska bands of late-'70s and early '80s Britain, Locos por Juana understands that, unless you're Bob Dylan, the political also should be danceable.

reed.johnson@latimes.com - Los Angeles Times


A major label deal can be the corporate kiss of death for up-from-the-grassroots indie bands. But in the case of Miami's beloved Latin-reggae-hip-hop mash-up masters Locos Por Juana, La Verdad, their third recording and first on Machete Music (an urban subsidiary of Universal Music), is a good thing. The exuberant edge-of-chaos energy honed by the Locos' years of live shows and communal approach to music-making is still there, but they sound clearer, sharper, more tuneful and focused.

The horn section led by Emiliano ''CheFunk'' Torres punches like its got twice its three horn muscle; guitarist/bassist Marc Kondrat goes from reggae swing to rock power; leader Itagui Correa ranges into new vocal territory and inventive rhythmic variations on reggae, rap and cumbia; and the musical parts mesh in a way that justifies the title of ``urban orquestra.''

Produced by the Locos with Miami veteran A.T. Molina, plus TOY Selectah and Beatsmith, all producers with major pop skills and alt-credibility, La Verdad hums with energy and invention.

Check the exuberant groove of Armando, the loopy funk of Tu Sabes Muy Bien (with guest rapper Yeyo from The Dey), the accordion yearning on No Te Preocupes. De Donde Es? (Imigrante) is a quietly urgent shoutout to the immigrant experience and pain that the multinational Locos know firsthand. The group even has the guts to cover the Willie Colon/Hector Lavoe classic Calle Luna, Calle Sol, surprising cumbia-reggae variations, impressive salsa chops, and Correa's intense rapped tribute to two of Latin music's great originals. It's an absolutely valid musical truth, Locos style.

Author: Jordan Levin - The Miami Herald


Discography

La Verdad - 2008 Machete Music/UMG
Musica P'al Pueblo - 2005 (MP)
Locos Por Juana - 2002 (MP)

SINGLES
Tu Sabes Muy Bien (La Nalga) - La Verdad, 2008
Armando - La Verdad, 2008
La Noche - Musica P’al Pueblo, 2006
Adoro feat Armando Manzanero, Musica P'al Pueblo, 2005
Que lo que esta Pasando - Locos Por Juana, 2003

VIDEOS (MUN2, MTV Tr3s, IMF, VHUno, HTV)
Tu Sabes Muy Bien (La Nalga) feat YEYO
La Noche
Que lo que esta pasando

NOMINATIONS & AWARDS
2009 American Grammy Awards, Best Latin Alternative Album, La Verdad (UMG)
The List of 15 Artist to Watch in 2008, iTunes
Lo Mejor del 2006 (Mejor Grupo en Vivo/ Best Live Band), BOOM! Magazine
Latin Grammy Awards 2005 (Mejor Album de Rock/ Best Rock Album) Musica P'al Pueblo
Best of Miami (Best Latin Band), Miami New Times 2004-06
BBC News Europe (Best Latin Band in the US), 2004
Premios Lo Nuestro 2003, (Best Urban Artist)

Press
"Locos por Juana New album 'La Verdad' hums with energy and invention." Jordan Levin, Miami Herald
"Su diversa y Fiestera propuesta musical Pone a Bailar A Culaquiera" Ian Malinow, Billboard en Espanol
"Nuevos Innovadores de la Musica Latina" Fernando Arau, Despierta America.
"Las destreza Musicales del Grupo y exelente Nivel de Produccion hacen que el disco se pueda Escuchar sin
Interrupciones" La Vibra , New york
"Locos por Juana invent a sound that lives in the place where borders cease to matter." Sarah Bardeen, Rhapsody
"...Catch LPJ live and see why this bouncy and eclectic outfit has been roping in a diverse mix of rabid fans throughout Europe, Puerto Rico and US..." New York Post
"En su musica, la base tropical se une a ritmos universales, que le dan a Locos Por Juana un futuro lleno de premios..." Gustavo Alban, BOOM! Magazine

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"Funky fusion with exuberant energy and danceability that's thrillingly just this side of chaos -- great fun... [Locos Por Juana are] Miami's beloved Latin-reggae-hip-hop mash-up masters... La Verdad hums with energy and invention." - Miami Herald


With The Nomination For Their Critically Praised Third Album La Verdad, Locos Por Juana Is Featured In January's issue of Billboard

"Opening Doors. Grammys Lead To New Opportunities For Latin Acts... This year, the list of nominees includes, Locos Por Juana, who is up in the best Latin rock/alternative album category for "La Verdad." The group has a devoted following thanks to its live performances and [three] albums... This hard-gigging ensemble delivers a wildly diverse sound, ranging from rock to reggae with a generous splash of Latino Caribbean sounds in between... Within days of the Grammy news, the band was asked to showcase the new Gibson Dark Fire guitar and inked a deal with a management company" - Billboard

" Best Latin Band" LOCOS POR JUANA Leaps Onto National Stage With GRAMMY Nomination For Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

LOCOS POR JUANA has leapt from the local to the national stage with the release of their third album La Verdad. With a multi-national lineup that creates the perfect urban-alternative musical representation of Miami as an epicenter for the cultural fusion of our hemisphere, LOCOS POR JUANA seamlessly blend elements of rock and hip-hop with a wealth of Latin American rhythms and the Caribbean groove of reggae and ska. With their sound now perfectly polished on La Verdad, Locos Por Juana has been capturing ears well beyond their Miami base. The band was selected by iTunes as one of the 15 most important Artists to watch for 2008 - and proving that prediction true, Locos Por Juana recently garnered their first GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album. Locos Por Juana plan to return to the studio to begin work on their fourth album.

"Miami's favorite Latin - rock - cumbia - whatever mash-up band, Locos Por Juana, has finally got its due from the awards gods. The Locos have finally scored their first Grammy nomination, in the category of Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album, for La Verdad... one of Miami's longest-standing underground bands, Locos por Juana... forge a new mix of ska, reggae, cumbia, hip-hop, and other rhythmic genres brought together by the group's diverse North and South American roots... La Verdad is the truth of a new multicultural, cosmopolitan generation, played out in the music that represents their cross-cultural connections." - Miami New Times

"Music lovers who enjoy Miami's multicultural sound know by now about jam-masters Locos Por Juana. And at this very moment, we can also add the Grammys to their long list of admirers... It's all due to their album La Verdad (The Truth), an inventive kaleidoscope of deep Latin congas and vivacious electric guitars that truly captures the vibe of South Florida's immigrant music scene... These hometown heroes deserve your love"
-Broward New Times

"This band could have only formed around Miami," says Locos Por Juana guitarist Marc Kondrat. The ensemble's ethnic diversity is a reflection of that international city. In addition to South Florida, Locos Por Juana proudly reps Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Argentina. The varied backgrounds in this 10-piece outfit have yielded a singular take on funk that earned the band's sophomore 2005 release, Musica Pa'l Pueblo a Latin Grammy nomination. Locos Por Juana melds the Colombian folk-dance music Cumbia with reggae, a horn section that swings from Buena Vista-esque balladry to James Brown-style R&B and the contemporary pop/hip-hop sounds these 20somethings heard while growing up near South Beach. After building loyal followings across South Florida, the West Coast, Puerto Rico and college towns nationwide, Locos Por Juana appears primed for breakout success" - Creative Loafing

For more information on LOCOS POR JUANA or copies of La Verdad, please contact Mark Kondrat at (305 213 7152 / markkondrat@hotmail.com or locosporjuana@gmail.com