World, Latin, & Reggae

Grupo Fantasma

When: Fri., Oct. 17, 9 p.m. 2008

Tejano and conjunto might be the expected Latin music genres you'd hear from a band that calls Austin home, but then again GrupoFantasma is an outfit geared more toward the tropical nuances of salsa and son. The ten-piece Latin funk orchestra already has a huge fan in Prince, who tapped them to be the house band for his now-defunct Las Vegas nightclub 3121 back in '06. Grupo's new album, this year's Sonidos Gold, continues down this same path of driving horns and infectious percussion that recalls the '70s glory days of legendary Latin music imprint Fania Records. The Texas-based salseros even went as far as to enlist the aid of that label's storied bandleader/arranger/pianist Larry Harlow along with the likes of Maceo Parker and P-Funk trombonist Greg Boyer. Be prepared to break a sweat along with your best moves at the Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco) on Friday, Oct. 17. 9 p.m., $15.

Dave Gil de Rubio

Price: $15

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