What inspires music that would make El Santo dance with James Brown? Q&A with Brownout musicians hosted by Catalina Maria Johnson, in collaboration with Sound Culture Center for Global Arts before the show from 9:00pm-9:30pm.A pre-concert conversation with musicians from Brownout, the eight-member Austin, Texas group (also members of Grammy-awarded Grupo Fantasma) as to the sources and inspiration for their amped-up Tejano-infused Afro-Latin grooves. Come early, grab a great seat and then enjoy the music with new insights as to the artists’ point of view!
Catalina Maria Johnson is the host and producer of the radio program/podcast Beat Latino, as well as feature writer for Revista Contratiempo, Arte y Vida and Gozamos. Catalina also contributes features on the Latino arts to WBEZ (Chicago Public Media).
If ever a band could boast having a complex genealogical tree, that band is Brownout. The nine-piece, Latin funk ensemble based in Austin, Texas, is both offspring and germinating seed to Grammy Award winning Grupo Fantasma. Mostly instrumental, the band takes its cues from James Brown’s J.B.’s and San Francisco’s Malo, the Seventies act fronted by Carlos Santana’s brother Jorge, but they infuse it with their particular vibe of border music hybridity and generous brushstrokes of trippy psychedelia. In the process they’ve taken on a life and developed a unique sound all their own. Aguilas and Cobras, the group’s most recent album on Six Degrees Records stands as testament to their one of a kind evolution.