Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Los Heroes of Latin Alternative: Nacotheque

Nacotheque, a fusion of the words naco (in Mexico, a way to describe the Latin American "hard-drinking, jalopy-tinkering, working class - whom Americans would consider cheesy white trash) and discotheque, is a party in New York City where Latino and Anglo "hipsters" rock out or "pogo-bop" to Spanish-language, noveau eighties electropop, classic rock and cumbia. The hosts, DJ Marcelo Cunning and DJ Amylulita play old school Latino hits from the 60's, 70's, and 80's, and introduce new Latin Alternative music from Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and the United States. Geared towards those who consider themselves true music fans, Nacotheque throw fun and funky dance parties while focussing on and promoting new talent.

Here's their 2006 debut statement:

"Unbeknownst to most, there is a huge Spanish alternative rock scene in most major cities. Now, when you think of Latin or Spanish rock/pop, you're thinking of Santana, Los Lobos, Shakira, Marc Anthony, Mana or some other sell-out annoying band and/or performer.

Little do you know about acts like Gustavo Cerati, Julieta Venegas, Cafe Tacvba (who's performed @ the Coachella festival 3 years in a row), Plastilina Mosh (who was discovered by Beck), Ely Guerra, Lucybell, Fobia, Bunbury, Zoe, Zurdok and hundreds of others that if it wasn't for the language barrier, you would fall prey to their music.

Latin/Spanish music does not equal marimbas, timbales, bongos, wacky accordions, latin "riffs" or any other connotation that has been embedded in your head. Trust. However, there is always exeptions to this just like in anything else."

Nacotheque will be throwing one last party November 24th at Fontana's in Chinatown (New York City) before they take their party on tour in Spain. For more information on Nacotheque visit their official website @ www.nacotheque.com

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