The GRAMMY-nominated, Latin Funk sextet Los Amigos Invisibles join forces with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue for what promises to be a knockout, high-energy show at The Conga Room that starts on Thursday January 20, 2011 at 8 p.m., located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90015. Tickets are available at www.congaroom.com.
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, the fast- rising 24-year-old funk/rock star, kicked his already impressive career into high gear worldwide with the release of Backatown, his Verve Forecast debut. Los Amigos Invisibles, the Venezuelan-rooted, New York City-based Latin- funk sextet, are sure to be the perfect match to create an explosive mix of musical and cultural styles destined to wring every bit of energy out of their audiences.
Los Amigos Invisibles were originally discovered by David Byrne in a Manhattan record shop. The multi-dimensional disco funk stars signed with Luaka Bop moved to New York City from their native Venezuela and soon established themselves in the dance music scene with their elevated grooves. Los Amigos have appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and played major festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. The band won their first career Latin GRAMMY in 2009 with an acclaimed studio album, Commercial (Nacional Records), which includes guests Dimitri from Paris and Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade. Their new EP, Not So Commercial, features B-sides and alternate versions from the group's award-winning album's studio sessions.
Trombone Shorty, who possesses "the presence of a rock star" (New York Times) and has built his reputation on "blistering, bold, exuberant and cutting edge" (USA Today) live performances, has a style perfectly complemented by co-headliners Los Amigos Invisibles, who "emanate pure Groove . . . walking bass lines, percolating percussion, scratchy guitar and relentless drums of a band that knows no difference between arty fun and sensual fire" (Rolling Stone).
For Trombone Shorty and his six-piece touring band, Orleans Avenue, 2010 was a breakout year. Their live performance schedule caught fire when Backatown debuted at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart, holding the top spot for nine weeks and currently at #3 over six months later. Trombone Shorty's visibility quotient on national television continues at an explosive pace includung recent appearances on the Late Show With David Letterman, NFL Kickoff 2010, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, Austin City Limits, and HBO's hit New Orleans drama Trem?®. The band's "Hurricane Season" was heard weekly on MTV's The Real World, New Orleans as the opening title track and there is much more to come.