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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 last decade. 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, North Sea Jazz Festival and Lowlands in the Netherlands, Kennedy Center, London’s O2 Arena, Montreal Jazz Festival, WOMEX, Tempo Latino (France) as well as two tours to Kuwait and Iraq to entertain US troops. Their diverse spectrum of devoted fans speaks to the ensemble’s universal appeal beyond just Latin or world music fans.In addition, they have worked or recorded with Maceo Parker, Sheila–E, Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Ruben Ramos, GZA of the Wu–Tang Clan, cult–hero Daniel Johnston and many others.


Grupo Fantasma has also seen a wide array of film and TV placements including AMC’s Breaking Bad, the John Sayles’ film Casa de los Babys, Showtime’s hit series Weeds, ABC’s Ugly Betty, NBC’s Law & Order and many others. They have served as the backing band on several occasions for the legendary Prince (ALMA Awards on ABC, Golden Globes, CBS Super Bowl Bash), Fania All–Stars pianist Larry Harlow, Sheila–E, GZA of Wu–Tang Clan and indie rock standouts Spoon. In 2012 and 2013 they continued to tour the globe with club and festival dates in anticipation of their next studio release, a full–length album produced by Multi–Grammy award winner Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.


Grupo Fantasma is a nine piece musical collective formed in 2000 in Austin, Texas consisting 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).


From the Press…


“Latin music both new and traditional…
vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification”

Wall Street Journal

“Latin funk masters.”

USA Today

“A sound done so right that you have to hand the crown to this group.”

Huffington Post

“Seamless… whenever and wherever they’re on stage.”


“Tightly weaving Anglo, Afro and Latin musical genres, El Existential takes on an identity of its own. They blast off in their own funktified, genre–breaking directions.”


“One of the sickest live bands ever”

Philadelphia Weekly

“Real musicians playing real music.”


“An orgy of creative musicianship”

San Francisco Weekly

“Fantasma is honing a decidedly 21st–century version of Latin groove.”

Boston Globe

“It’s a fresh, energetic set”

The Guardian (UK)

“One of the decade’s most important artists in the Latin genre.”

All Music Guide

“They’ll knock you down with the grooves.”

The Village Voice

“The ten members of Grupo Fantasma represent a new generation in Latin music.”

Washington Post

“Listening to Grupo Fantasma is like watching the Iron Chef at work;
they create a sprawling feast for the ears.”

Boston Phoenix

“Grupo Fantasma was as tight as one would expect
from a band that routinely backs up Prince”

LA Weekly

“Famous for their incendiary live shows.”

Toronto Sun

“The most adventurous pan–cultural Latin band.”

San Antonio Current


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 Thanks you Austin for an incredible party last night for our CD Release/15th anniversary. Big thanks to Making Movies, Manolo Black, Transmission Events and the Mohawk for making it a night to remember. Thanks for all the live and support. #GrupoQuinceñera #austinfam #grupofantasma #problemas #15years  Due to torrential rains and flooding our CD release/15th Anniversary had to be rescheduled. We hope to see you all at our show on the new date THURSDAY NOV 12, at The Mohawk Austin with special guests Making Movies and DJ Manolo Black! #grupofantasma #problemas #austin #15years #cdrelease #fantasmaQuinceñera
 @grupofantasma horns take a break from recording to pose with Rolling Stones/Lenny Kravitz sax man Karl Denson during a session for his upcoming KDTU album #grupofantasma #grupohorns #kdtu #rollingstones #studio #recording #horns  Due to severe weather and flash flood warnings, we have decided to postpone tonight's show with Grupo Fantasma at The Mohawk Austin. The show has been re-scheduled for November 12th. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the door. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Be safe and we hope to see you all on the 12th! On another note, our new album "Problemas" is out today on Blue Corn Music. You can download it off of iTunes
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