Los Amigos Invisibles
Since their first album in 1995, Los Amigos Invisibles have developed a sound based on the “gozadera” - an irresistible fusion of Latin rhythms with fiery funk and lounge music. The band got their first break when David Byrne (Talking Heads) discovered one of their albums in a Manhattan record shop. He immediately called the band up in their native Venezuela and soon after, signed them to his label: Luaka Bop. Byrne opened doors for the band across the globe and Los Amigos Invisibles soon became an international touring machine. Los Amigos Invisibles moved to New York City from their hometown of Caracas in 2001 and entrenched themselves in the local scene. With their electrifying live show, the group began building a considerable fan-base across the U.S. collaborating with artists such as Louie Vega (Masters At Work), Dimitri From Paris, Natalia Lafourcade, Cachorro López and Jorge Gonzalez, among others. Los Amigos Invisibles were able to establish themselves in the international dance music scene and expand their sound, while raking in Grammy nominations year after year and performing all over the globe as well as on television shows like The Jimmy Kimmel Show. Los Amigos Invisibles have toured in over 60 countries. They’re 2009 release, ‘Commercial,’ was awarded a Latin GRAMMY for “Best Alternative Album”; the band’s fifth-career GRAMMY Nomination. 2 years following it’s release, the single “Mentiras” continued to make waves, sharing top radio and sales chart positions, alongside artists such as Pitbull, Enrique Inglesias, and Shakira. The song was also featured on the Latin American debut of Showtime’s “Californication.” 2011 marked the band’s 20th anniversary and proved to be another milestone year, culminating in a GRAMMY nomination for their latest album, “Not So Commercial,” in the category of Best Latin Pop/Rock. Riding the success of 2 consecutive, critically-acclaimed releases, the band re-emerged as major touring force, Selling Out concerts throughout North America, Australia, Europe and Latin America. Among the many stops, they once-again brought their incendiary live performance to the Hollywood Bowl, for a 2-night stand backed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by the Venzuelan “super-maestro,” Gustavo Dudamel. Los Amigos Invisibles’ universal appeal was also demonstrated through their SOLD OUT, co-headline tour with New Orleans funk-rockers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue as well as their performances alongside the world-renowned Electronica duo, Thievery Corporation. The band also made international headlines when filmmaker Juan Miguel Marin raised $31,500 in one month, through fan donations, to fund his documentary of the band entitled, “La Casa del Ritmo.” The film received critical praise, after its placement in the Miami International Film Festival, which led to SOLD OUT theatrical releases in the US and Latin America. Los Amigos Invisibles returned to the studio in 2012 and spent most of the year recording their next full-length album, "Repeat After Me.”
Aterciopelados, the pioneer Latin-American folk-rock group, returns after 8 years with their first long and live project entitled "Reluciente, Rechinante y Aterciopelado." This CD+DVD is a compilation of the most representative songs of their repertoire that celebrates over two decades of their existence as a band. It features the participation of big names, such as Macaco, León Larregui (vocals for the Mexican group Zoé), Goyo (Chocquibtown) and Catalina García (Monsieur Periné).
The group's members, Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago, founded Aterciopelados in 1992 and achieved great success, both locally and internationally, thanks to a sound that was absolutely unique and innovative, free of prejudices, mixing rock with the roots of Colombian folklore and even with salsa and bossa nova.
Hector and Andrea are currently presenting "Reluciente, Rechinante y Aterciopelado", homage to all the songs that turned them into one of the greatest and most renowned rock bands in Colombia and worldwide. As a result of their getting together after a three-year recess and with the objective of presenting their greatest hits at the 20 years of Rock al Parque, they have created this CD+DVD. It includes songs that made the "50 most viral songs of Colombia"
In the middle of their world tour “Reluciente, Rechinante 2017”, in which they support the release of the live album that bears this name in different countries in Europe, Aterciopelados’ pays tribute to Juan Gabriel, with its version of “He venido a pedirte Perdón”. According to Andrea and Héctor, this song is "Sound nu disco and plancha futurista", referring to the term 'iron music' that in Colombia encompasses the great songwriters of Latin music of the 70’s and 80’s.