National Hispanic Heritage Month, runs from September 15 until October 15. This is a time to celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of Latinx and Hispanic Americans. As a Hispanic American myself, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some great Hispanic music from right here in the Pacific Northwest.
Reposado is a 9-piece Funk/Latin/Afro/Dance band from Seattle that takes sounds from the Latin-afro and Caribbean heritage and mixes it all up with authentic American Jazz to create their own genre they call 'tequila funk'. In their own words, Reposado believes, "Music is a Gift that is meant to be shared." And they really mean it. You can find them playing local festivals, venues, night clubs, and hosting free jams throughout the city. Listen to Reposado at www.reposadomusic.com
The Pazific (pronounced just like the Pacific Ocean) creates tropical movement music with a Latin psychedelic twist. The 8-piece band is led by Seattle-based duo Alex and Jefferson Rose. Much of their music is influenced by Alex's Mexican heritage and California upbringing and Jefferson's time living and making music in Latin America and Spain. Listen to The Pazific at www.thepazific.com
Mexico City meets Seattle in this loud, raucous, psychedelic rock band. The band consists of members of Seattle bands Acid Tongue and The Grizzled Mighty and Mexico City-based bands Las Pipas de la Paz, Los Honey Rockets, and Carrion Kids. Check out their latest release from Seattle-based record label Freakout Records at www.freakoutrec.com/malasuerte
Speaking of Freakout Records, Acid Tongue, another Freakout Records artist (and label co-founders) features Guy Keltner on vocals, who has Hispanic heritage. Playing shows with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, De La Soul, The King Khan & BBQ Show, and Pacific Northwest legends The Sonics, should give you an idea of what Acid Tongue sounds like. Timeless but present, featuring nostalgic riffs and sharp lyrics, this psychedelic rock band is not to be missed! Check out Acid Tongue at www.freakoutrec.com/acid-tongue
"Freakout Festival is a comprehensive sensory experience. The weekend offers gritty guitars complemented by hypnotic light shows, along with tasty libations to enjoy while checking out bands that you’re unlikely to catch elsewhere in the PNW." Celebrating it's 10th year this November, Freakout Festival is a great place to discover emerging local artists and artists from around the globe, including OS Mutantes and Vinnie from São Paulo, Brazil, Los Saicos from Lima, Peru, Los Dug Dugs from Durango, Mexico, Margaritas Podridas and SGT Papers from Hermosillo, Mexico, Marineros from Santiago, Chile, Vondre, Supersilverhaze, El Shirota, Mengers, and Marion Raw from Mexico City, Mexico, and Ramona from Tijuana, Mexico. Get your tickets early, you don't want to miss it! www.the-freakout.com
Dimelo is a recurring reggaeton dance night at The Crocodile every second Friday of the month with music by Bad Bunny, J-Bavlin, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Natti Natasha, Ozuna, Myke Towers, Maluma, Residente, and more. Follow them on Instagram to check out their future events www.instagram.com/dimeloseattle