LEVITT PAVILION DENVER FREE CONCERT SERIES
Grupo Fantasma with ATOMGA Presented by OpenAir 102.3 FM
VIP Upgrades Available
Your $30 donation gets you:
Access to our seated VIP Patio
2 complimentary drinks
Early entry at 3:30pm
Premium stage viewing
All Ages | General Admission Lawn
Doors at 4:00 PM | Show at 5:00 PM
This event is Rain or Shine
For more information about the artist, please visit: https://www.grupofantasma.com
Grupo Fantasma has been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre and has continually defied expectations to create one of the most unique musical voices to come out of the United States in the 21st century. In 2011, they garnered further acclaim by winning a Grammy (their second such nomination) for their self–produced release El Existential on Nat Geo Music which the Wall Street Journal called “Latin music both new and traditional...vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification.”
The band’s incendiary live show, declared by NPR as “seamless whenever and wherever they’re on stage” has brought the band to major festivals and venues internationally including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, North Sea Jazz Festival (Curacao and Rotterdam) and Lowlands in the Netherlands, Kennedy Center, London’s O2 Arena, Montreal Jazz Festival, WOMEX, WOMAD, Tempo Latino (France) as well as two tours to Kuwait and Iraq to entertain US troops and a recent tour in Pakistan and Qatar. Their diverse spectrum of devoted fans speaks to the ensemble’s universal appeal beyond just Latin or world music.
In addition, they have served as the backing band for and collaborated on several occasions with the late, great, legendary Prince (ALMA Awards on ABC, Golden Globes, CBS Super Bowl Bash, 21 Nights in London), Fania All–Stars pianist Larry Harlow, Sheila–E, GZA of Wu–Tang Clan, Maceo Parker, Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Ruben Ramos, GZA of the Wu–Tang Clan, cult–hero Daniel Johnston, indie rock standouts Spoon, Los Lobos and many others. In 2015 and 2016 they continued to tour the globe with club and festival dates in support of their latest studio release, Problemas (Blue Corn Music); their 6th full–length album produced by Multi–Grammy award winner Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and released in late 2015. Additionally, they have appeared on the nationally syndicated PBS show Austin City Limits 3 times (2016, 2014, 2007). Their music has also appeared in films and movies including Breaking Bad (AMC), Weeds (Showtime), Frankie & Gracie (Netflix), Law & Order (NBC) as well as the John Sayles’ film Casa de los Babies among others.
The nine-piece collective formed in 2000 in Austin, Texas and consists of Jose Galeano (timbales, vocals), Kino Esparza (vocals, hand percussion), Beto Martinez (guitar), Greg Gonzalez (bass), John Speice (drums), Matthew “Sweet Lou” Holmes (congas), Gilbert Elorreaga (trumpet), Josh Levy (baritone saxophone) and Mark “Speedy” Gonzales (trombone).
Since their inception in 2011, ATOMGA has continued to be a unique staple in the Colorado Music circuit and a celebrated group internationally. Over the past seven years, ATOMGA has evolved their sound to be a unique brand of Afrobeat with infused elements of Rock, Jazz, and even Classical influences over the foundation of polyrhythms from their fierce percussion section.
On an international level, ATOMGA has gotten their tracks remixed by artists such as Paris DJ's in France, had an award-winning beer named after them in Brazil and have been repeatedly requested as the opening act for artists such as Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80- from Nigeria. There is no question that across the world- people appreciate the music of ATOMGA. With their latest release entitled "AGA" in February of 2018, ATOMGA shows no signs of slowing down.
The release of "AGA" shows the band's evolving sound of high energy music that one cannot help but move to upon hearing. Beyond that, there is also a certain musicality that highlights each of the 9 members and the honed skills on their respective instruments; not to mention lyrical messages that tastefully question the powers that be.
ATOMGA has a reputation for their live performances to be a fun-filled dance party for all ages and all walks of life.