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The best kept secret in music


"Mecalito Can't Lose"

Mescalito cannot possibly lose, with a James Brown soul fixation, a boatload of sassed up female vocals, a touch of hip hop freakiness and enough low end to level a city block, the eight member funk collective brings the house down with BOUNCE. A slickly produced CD that spreads seven tracks over 40 minutes, blowing a wave of guitar feedback over the motown jams every now an then for sonic variety" - The Other Paper

"Mescalito Offers Authentic Funky Grooves"

Mescalito (apparently named after a mountain in California) refers to itself
as a funk band, pure and simple. Unlike most self-promoting hyperbole,
though, this actually sells the group short, as the Columbus octet is more
well-rounded than this. Sure, Mescalito offers up some authentic funky grooves; with a horn section bleating on top of the bass and keyboards, you can't help but bring it, so to speak. However, looking at each of the seven tracks shows a challenge to convention. Most notably, Hittin' The Street is a film noir soundtrack and
Hold On I'm Comin', in Mescalito's hands, is Motown drama melded with Stax
instrumentation. Only disc opener Shake Your Butterfly fits the funk mold,
and even that compares to a rousing '40s jazz effort with the twin-diva
vocal attack. Those three tracks should make up a nifty EP in its entirety, but instead,
the disc comes with a radio edit and an instrumental version of two of the
three above mentioned tracks (only Hold On isn't reprised, or credited as
the R&B staple cover that it is). It's a bit unnecessary, and actually, the
sophisticated, smooth nature of the three original tracks make you wish
there were more tunes, not remixes. - The Columbus Alive

"A Rump Shaking Funk Collective"

Mescalito "...a rump-shaking funk collective. On it's debut CD, the seven-man band serves up healthy portions of fun but avoids the more aggressive fusion favored by distant soul-cousins The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Above and Beyond the Call of Booty instead offers groovy bass lines backed by bright horn and sax fills." - The Columbus Dispatch

"A Hard Hitting Power Funk Outfit"

The hard-hitting power funk outfit Mescalito has a new album full of its heavy-handed groove sound, Above and Beyond the Call of Booty. While one might expect some ridiculous Clinton/Collins-era funk out of a title like that, the reality is somewhat different. The fine tune Moov lays out a solid slab of rhythm and guitar for 12 bars until the sax comes in with an sharp melody for another four. This is immediately topped by a second melody line provided by trumpet. The tune builds incrementally, not reaching full development for a minute and a half. No acid-induced instrumental silliness--just able-bodied funk.

While evoking the memory of an egalitarian ex-President in a funk song may seem ridiculous, the effect is brief on Abe Lincoln. Any awkwardness the comparison creates is quickly lost as the tune takes a decidedly hip-hop turn when the vocals jump in. Gut Bucket unfolds slowly and methodically, while Spaghetti Mama cooks along comfortably. The band's sound is consistently stylized and heavy, but the songs range widely within their allotted parameters.

- The Columbus Alive


Mescalito releases:
Fat Cat (EP) 1998
Above and Beyond the Call of Booty (LP) 1999
Bounce (EP) 2001
Ride (EP)2001
Greasiest Hits (LP) 2002
Mescalito (LP) June 4th 2004 (& goin like hotcakes!)

Tracks that are frequently played on 90.5 WCBE and 101.1 CD101 are:
Keep On Keepin' On
No Pork
Simply Said
Well Runs Dry


Feeling a bit camera shy


For the past two years the Columbus-based original funk band, Mescalito, has been in the studio creating a journey fit for the brave and funky-minded. Their lastest album contains 14 original compositions that tell a story of a journey through a spellbinding amusement park. The host, of course, is "Mescalito" a mythological creature named by the Shaman of the Mexican Indians. The elf-like Mescalito is a guide, spiritual creature, and pathfinder. Not only is the music exceptional, but the album also features striking artwork which perfectly captures the essence of the aural fixation the band has created.

Mescalito features two male vocalists, trumpet, saxophone, and a skin-tight rhythm section consisting of guitar, bass, drums, and keys. With house-shaking original material, the support of local press, and radio play Mescalito has built a loyal following. In addition to regional events, the band has served as headlining act for The Greater Columbus Arts Festival, performed live on Columbus television, been featured on the movie soundtrack for "Rawfish", and is regularly requested for several local charity events.
Mescalito will be releasing its long-awaited self-titled CD on Friday, June 4, 2004. The funktion will be held at the Ravari Room and is guaranteed to be a party like no other. Mescalito's latest release may be purchased on-line at and locally at Magnolia Thunderpussy, Johnny Go's and Media Play.

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