Locos Por Juana to Perform September 27
Penn State York’s Cultural and Performing Artists series continues on Monday, Sept. 27 when the Latin band Locos Por Juana (Latin Urban Orchestra) takes to the stage at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center). The free performance gets under way at 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the campus and MediaOnePA.
Locos Por Juana is a bilingual Latin band most notably recognized by their energetic performances and their unique fusion of Latin styles and influences. The band combines tropical styles such as reggae, cumbia, and salsa with urban styles such as hip-hop, rock, and Latin alternative. Their distinct sound draws not only from the heritage and diverse backgrounds of the band members but also from other countries’ musical styles as well.
The group began in 2000 in Miami and had their first full-length release Locos Por Juana in 2002. To date, the band has had four releases including three full-length albums and a recently released digital production, Evolución EP, which features six tracks. In 2009 their album La Verdad (The Truth), consisting of 13 tracks, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.
Locos Por Juana has received many awards and recognitions and was named the Best Band of Miami by the Miami News Times. The Los Angeles Times called them “funky, pan-Latin amalgam,” and referenced their “pulling listeners into a reverse Gulf Stream churning through the Straits of Florida, south to Jamaica, Venezuela, and Colombia, and over to Puerto Rico.”
The band is currently completing work on its fourth album, Somos de la Calle (We’re From the Street) due out in 2010.
Penn State York’s free series continues on October 14 at 7:30 p.m. when Barry Drake, rock historian, shares his multimedia presentation “70s Rock – The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.” This performance takes place in the Conference Room, Main Classroom Building.