UPGROUND

UPGROUND

BandLatinReggae

UPGROUND offers a fresh new musical blend of Latin reggae, ska, cumbia and funk - which they define as “LATIN SKA”. A variation of many sounds, sure to appeal to all. Danceable, Skankable, and highly enjoyable. Wonderful combinations that will make you move and leave you wanting more!

Biography

Every decade or so, a band based out of L.A.s Eastside crosses cultural boundaries and language barriers, and merges into the mainstream music scene as a talent to be reckoned with. East Los Angeles’ youthful UPGROUND are clearly this decade’s band from the barrio to cross that divide. Their music is an exciting fusion of Ska, reggae, Cumbia, rock and funk.
Early on, UPGROUND members participated in the school jazz band and orchestras to hone their skills. At home, the mix of traditional Latin music ranging from salsa to regional Mexican and everything in between began to fuse with the classic rock, blues, reggae, ska, and jazz they were listening to on their own. This eclectic range of music played an important role in developing into a delicate fusion of sounds that we now know as UPGROUND.
UPGROUND has been playing locally for over 4 years and through their music these young men have developed a bond that translates into pure, raw musical energy. Their explosive live performances display their dedication, and pride not only to their music and the band as a whole, but to the communities they live in. This has transformed them into one of the most sought after young bands in Los Angeles’ competitive Latin music scene. In a short period of time they have shared the stage with such acts as Ozomatli, Tom Morello(Rage Against the Machine), Tierra, Malo, Los Amigos Invisibles, Quetzal, El Gran Silencio, Voodo Glow Skulls, Go Betty Go and The B-Side Players to name a few. On the other side of the fence, they have also had the privilege to open for Alternative bands like The Killers and The Chemical Brothers at the Shrine Auditorium.

Critical acclaim and recognition greeted UPGROUND’s first EP and their live performances as time went on, bringing about a rave April 22, 2006 Los Angeles Times review by Latin music critic Agustin Gurza. The glowing review led to nationwide attention as well as local. They were asked to play a show at the Hollywood & Highland (Kodak Theater)’s Fridays by the Fountain, shared an LATV Conciertos appearance with Quetzal and was selected to be on SITV’s Reality TV show, “Jammin”. In September 2006, they won the 2006 Sprint Battle of the Bands.

UPGROUND released their debut full length CD titled Feel the Vibe at the end of summer, 2006. It was produced by Rudy Salas of Tierra and mixed by David Salas (who produced La Sinfonia (Sony), Don Abusivo (Universal), El Pecador (Universal), and La Epidemia (EMI)). It was professionally mastered by Brian Springer/ Precision Studios, who have produced/recorded Pink, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Snoop Dog, J-LO/Ja Rule, Ashanti, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, Fat Joe, Mariah Carey, and many more.

Although they don’t have a major label record deal, they are delivering a major record label product. Watch out for UPGROUND, this is only the beginning.

UPGROUND is:

Adolfo Mercado Jr: Drums
Danny Estrada: Vocals & Guitar
Chris "Bolillo" Manjarrez: Bass
Everado Garcia: Vocals & Trumpet
Christopher De Los Santos: Tenor Sax & Keyboards
Eric Carrillo: Alto Sax & Timbales
Joseph Quinones: Trombone
Aaron Perez: Alto Sax,Guitar & Keyboards

Contact: Stephanie & Gilbert Mercado
Phone: 213-924-8118 Fax: 323-395-0629
Email: Stephanie@upgroundmusic.com
Website: www.upgroundmusic.com

***RECENTLY NAMED "ONE OF THE BEST COLLEGE BANDS TO SEE" by Latino University Magazine 2007

UPGROUND has been fortunate to perform at the following colleges:
UCLA, USC, CAL TECH PASADENA, CAL STATE FULLERTON, OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, MT. ST. MARYS, CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE, EAST LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SANTA MONICA COLLEGE, WOODBURY UNIVERSITY AND CAL STATE LOS ANGELES,

Discography

ALSO VISIT OUR MYSPACE PROFILE
WWW.MYSPACE.COM/UPGROUNDMUSIC
"UPGROUND" self titled EP- (March 2004)

"Feel The Vibe" - (Summer 2006)

"Mr. Duran" - (2006) Theme song for Thee Mr. Duran TV show

2005 song "Irie Eyes" featured in movie JOURNEY TO LASTA

Check out http://myspace.com/upgroundmusic
or
visit http://cdbaby.com/cd/upground

Set List

Set ranges from 45 minutes to 2.0 hours, and may include combinations of any of the following songs:

Big Mistake
Irie Eyes
Oye Chica
Skanking Monkeys
Night Stick No
Feel the Vibe
Dia De los Muertos
Recumbia
Sol Azul
Hot Fudge Sundae
Accept It
The Funk Song
Yes-ka
In These Times
La Cascara
Mr. Duran
Ready Wagon
Baile de Train
The Starting Line
Right Kind of Love

Cover Songs:
Stir it up
Skalloween
Steppin Out
Soul Shake Down Party