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Press Shuffle: Why Latinos Party Best

If there’s something Latinos are known for, it’s partying. When it comes to letting loose and living a little, nobody comes close. The food, the drinks, the dancing, the people… it all just seems so fantastically exotic yet incredibly tangible. In an effort to describe this magical experience for you, we’ve prepared a simple analysis of the typical post-college level party by juxtaposing the main elements of both Anglo and Latino social gatherings. See the difference? Additionally, we’ve provided you with a premier sampling of some of our Latino artists here at OurStage to get you in the mood—you’ll be able to find this and much, much more over at the Tr3s Latin Music Channel.

Gato + Palenke Music Co.

1. Attendees:

Anglo – List only, please. Make sure you RSVP!

Latino – List only, but it’s OK to bring significant other(s), siblings, close friends,  second cousins, classmates, coworkers, neighbors and pets.

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Often, some of the most eclectic blends are the ones who taste the greatest. Just think about salsa verde, mole or other eccentric dishes that combine extremely different ingredients like chili and chocolate.

In our opinion, the same thing happens with music. Some of the greatest bands have members from different backgrounds or have very distinct talents. A great example of this is Gato + Palenke Music Co., an awesome OurStage band that combines the talents of  its diverse members who hail from Peru, Colombia, El Salvador and Paraguay.

During the first years together, the band played mostly covers, a formula that worked for a while. Once the band’s distinctive sound was achieved, Jaime Andrés Salazar—Gato—who is the vocalist, composer, guitarist, producer and director of the band, began writing new songs.

This new formula worked wonders. Fans fell in love with the amazing combination of rhythms such as salsa, merengue, festejo, bomba, cumbia, merecumbé, punta and gaita.

Curious? Just play Gato + Palenke Music’s song “El Incendio” and you’ll know what the entire buzz is about: the rhythm, the lyrics and the blend of instruments. It all comes together perfectly. No wonder this song is among the Top 10 on our Latin Channel.

Beyond their great music, what we love most about this band is the sincerity of their lyrics that relate to the feeling of many emigrants who leave their country in search of new opportunities. As the band puts it “they speak of wanting, longing and hope.”

A great example of lyrics that speak about the common struggles of immigrants is the band’s song “La Olla Rota.”  Using playful and danceable melodies, the piece talks about economic struggles and how these can have a real impact on our emotional lives.

So now you know, if you are into eclectic blends, profound lyrics and amazing music, follow Gato + The Palenke Music Co. on You won’t regret it. ¡Provecho!


Last week we brought you Part 1 of this Q & A with some of our favorite Latin artists. We left you hanging but never fear, because we’re back with the loaded question of “What is ‘Latin’ music to you?”

OS: What is “Latin” to you? (There’s no wrong answer!) Do you define it more by the music or the musicians? For example, a Latino rock band is a rock band, but do you also consider this “Latin music?”

Bergman Pazs: All the music styles based on Caribbean, Central and South American evolution of music.

Gio Vanne from Orbita: Well, a lot people are getting confused with this so-called term “Latin.” For example: a “Latin-Rock band” playing songs in English and none of [their] songs are in Spanish??? I [w]ould not consider them a “Latino-Rock band” even [if] all his band members are Latinos.

David Rolas: What I do is music, period. Whether it’s Latino-influenced or not…it’s music. The style of music I do is hip hop. A lot of people or even other artists might beg to differ with me. But it’s true: Music is music.

OS: Just for fun, not including yourself do you have any favorite Latin artists on OurStage you’d like to share with our readers?


GV: Of course!!: Orbita, Bergman Pazs & Taboo Bambu.

DR: I think what’s cool about is that you guys give an opportunity to the underdog. The artist that hasn’t had the exposure needed to be heard.

Some of the artists off of that are Latin and I particularly like are: La Lola, Orquesta D’Soul, Soulsa, Gato & Palenke Music Co. and a few others….Great music. Give us a shot!!!



Home of: John Waters, Frederick Douglas, Billie Holiday, Phillip Glass, The U.S. Naval Academy, Babe Ruth, Good Charlotte, O.A.R., Tori Amos, Kathie Lee Gifford, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Braxton

Fun Facts: State flower; black-eyed Susan, state song; “Maryland! My Maryland!” state bird; Baltimore Oriole

The Venues:

Designed by legendary architect Frank Ghery, The Merriweather Post Pavilion was originally intended to be the summer home of the National Symphony Orchestra. Located in Columbia, MD, the 19,000+ capacity venue has hosted the greats of rock and pop, including The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne and Britney Spears. After three years at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, this year’s Virgin Mobile Festival will be held at the Pavilion. And speaking off the Virgin Mobile Festival, there is good news and bad news. The good news:  Tickets for the August 30th festival are free! The bad news: The show is officially sold out. Fans lucky enough to get tickets will enjoy music from Blink-182, Weezer, Public Enemy, Wale, Girl Talk and more.

If you’re looking for a more intimate setting, check out Charm City Art Space. This DIY music and art space hosts indie rock, punk, folk and ska bands from all over the country and the world.

The Music:

l_bd298f1371c24f4683d182017ca76265Odd Girl Out - Fierce Baltimore pop-punkers Odd Girl Out are here to dispel once and for all the myth that girls can’t rock. The girls combine influences from Joan Jett to The Bangles to Hole to create their own high-energy sound. “Not Sandy” is the kind of track that makes you want to jump up and down and pump your fist in the air.

l_cb31688cecd74831b4819f72f24d0b8cGato & Palenke Music Co. – Just as their members come from all over Latin America, so do Gato & Palenke Music Co.’s influences: salsa, merengue, bomba, cumbia and more. For a band comprised of only strings and percussion, their sound is surprisingly full. Timbal, güira, conga and a variety of other Latin percussion instruments layer upon each other to form a pulsing rhythmic base for electric and acoustic guitars and soulful harmony vocals. You don’t need to speak Spanish to know that “El Incendio” is meant for dancing.

CDQGNVLWABBL-320x240The Unstoppable Nuklehidz – This Baltimore, MD hip hop duo succeeds at the tricky task of mixing socially conscious storytelling with a sense of humor. “Becky” tackles the topic of interracial relationships without sacrificing hooks or wit.

l_9b4853ee22c3493995e768cbcaedca90Tears of Mars - Tears of Mars might be a band of brothers, but the similarities to the JoBros end there. “Waiting to Explode” is a great piece of indie rock with passionate vocals that would sound at home on any record by The Killers or The Strokes.


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