suns of orpheus
Tonight, Sept. 26, Psychedelic Brazilian-influenced rock come together with a little bit of hip-hop/funk fusion at The Sahara Lounge to kick off the final weekend of the month. Suns of Orpheus and Afrofreque headline a showcase that World Music funksters won’t want to miss. Those who arrive early will be warmed up by the sweet sounds of Brazilian jazz-pop artist Paula Maya.
We’ve often said Suns of Orpheus is Austin’s Brazilian answer to bands like Steely Dan. The group is fronted by Brazilian born guitarist and songwriter Frederico Geib, whom many may recognize from his other bands Macaxeira Funk and Os Alquimistas. Their music fuses together elements of Brazilian-inspired funk, pop and psych-rock. While their music is difficult to classify, it is easy to enjoy.
The Sahara Lounge is located at 1413 Webberville Rd. Doors open at 8 p.m. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. 21+ are welcome. Visit the Facebook event page on Facebook here.
Austin finally has a large scale World Music Festival, Wobeon Fest. The two day event happens both Saturday and Sunday at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC). The lineup includes popular Latin Alternative acts as well as a couple of Austin-based favorites. Afropop superstar Angelique Kidjo (from Benin, Africa) headlines on Saturday and Reggae star Collie Buddz (from Bermuda) headlines on Sunday.
Noteworthy Latin acts include indie-electro duo Bomba Estéreo, whom most Austinites will remember from their headlining performance at Pachanga in 2010 and their multiple South by Southwest gigs over the years. Brooklyn-based 8 piece Afro-Columbian psych band M.A.K.U. Sound System as well as Los Angeles-based Latin roots band La Santa Cecilia are on the festival bill. Austin’s own Brazilian fusion band Suns of Orpheus will be teaming up with Colombian pop artist Duina del Mar on Saturday afternoon. Complete lineup and set times are available here.
The ESB-MACC is located at 600 River Street. All ages are welcome. Advance tickets are available here. Kids under 12 are free with guardian. Wobeon Fest is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from Wobeon Fest will benefit The United Way for Greater Austin.
Universal Records recording artist Duína del Mar is in Austin post South By Southwest for a headlining performance at Flamingo Cantina this Friday, Mar. 22. She will perform some of her hit singles including “Soy lo que Soy” and “Muevelo Tuti,” as well as her current single “Todo” from her upcoming new album Natural, set for release this summer. For those who missed del Mar at the Pan Americana Festival last week, this is a great opportunity to see the Colombian pop artist in an intimate setting.
Joining Duína del Mar will be Austin-based Suns of Orpheus (SOO), Austin’s Brazilian answer to bands like Steely Dan. Fronted by Brazilian born guitarist and songwriter Frederico Geib, the group fuses together elements of Brazilian-inspired funk, pop and psych-rock. While difficult to classify, the music is easy to enjoy.
Also on the bill is Brazilian born singer, producer, film score composer and instrumentalist Tita Lima (pronounced like “Chita”). Her music is a unique mix of bossa nova/samba with soul and tropical pop. Lima is a natural fit to play with SOO, as she had them as her backing band during South By Southwest in 2012. Lima has also performed in Austin at Pachanga Fest with The Echocentrics, one of the many bands that feature musician/producer Adrian Quesada.
Flamingo Cantina is located at 515 E. 6th Street. Doors open at 9 p.m. 21+ are welcome. Cover is $10 at the door. Visit the Facebook event page for other details and set times here.
Tonight at The Sahara Lounge, winner of the Austin Chronicle’s 2012 Best Lounge, is the place to be away from downtown and to hear some great local music. Formerly TC’s Lounge, The Sahara is a intimate neighborhood venue that has opened door for Latin alternative and different multicultural genres to perform. Tonight attendees can experience some of the best Brazilian inspired psychedelic-pop this side of South America along with social conscious party starting hip hop.
Kicking off the party tonight is Austin-based Afrofreque. A world music inspired hip hop and soul influenced fusion band, they bring together elements of soul, reggae, funk and Afrobeat. Their lyrics and message aim to be conscious while creative. Fronted by MC Tigre Liu, Afrofreque are one of Austin’s best hip hop bands.
Fronted by Brazilian funkster and songwriter Frederico Geib, Suns of Orpheus released their new album Amoris Orbita (Love Orbit) in August. For Amoris Orbita, the group worked with Grammy winning saxophonist Phillipe Vieux (Eddie Palmieri) and Martín Perna (AntiBalas-Ocote Soul Sounds). Their music incorporates elements of funk, soul and psychedelic space pop. In addition to being a local favorite of mine, the group has recieved rave reviews from The Austin Chronicle and was a featured artist of popular local video series, The Good Music Club.
The Sahara Lounge is located at 1413 Webberville Rd. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Music starts at 10 p.m. Both bands will be alternating sets throughout the night. 21+ welcome. $5 cover. Free parking. Listen to music from Suns of Orpheus below.
Thursday will be a big day for Austin-based psychedelic world music band Suns of Orpheus. Austin’s Brazilian answer to Steely Dan, the group will be honored by The City of Austin declaring August 23 as “Suns of Orpheus Day” on the same day as their CD release show at Antone’s. Not bad for a band that formed in the summer of 2011.
Fronted by Brazilian funkster and songwriter Frederico Geib, Suns of Orpheus have just completed their new album Amoris Orbita (Love Orbit). For Amoris Orbita, the group worked with Grammy winning saxophonist Phillipe Vieux (Eddie Palmieri) and Martín Perna (AntiBalas-Ocote Soul Sounds). Amoris Orbita is the follow up to their debut self-titled EP.
Supporting Suns of Orpheus on Thursday night are three of the region’s best Latin bands. Austin-based Latin fusion band La Guerrilla are always a great party band, mixing traditional sounds of South America with ska and reggae. Bombasta, San Antonio’s barrio big band, joins the party with their Ozomatli-like fusion of urban sounds and traditional Latin rhythms. Kiko Villamizar opens with his fusion of Afro-Colombiano, vallenato, ska, reggae and salsa.
Antone’s is located at 213 W. 5th Street. Doors open at 8 p.m. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Advance tickets for this event are available here. Visit the official Facebook event page here and on Do512 here.
Listen to “Deseo Mayor” from Suns of Orpheus below.