Grammy award winning Grupo Fantasma in town

The sign outside Average Joe's for tonight's show

After Grupo Fantasma won a Grammy in Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban category, some of their family members in Laredo sure were proud; and, rightly so. I had been meaning to let you all know that Grupo Fantasma was going to be in town and am glad the city decided to give some recognition to the three members who are originally from Laredo.

If by some miracle you were able to score a ticket for their show tonight, lucky you! They will be playing at Average Joe’s.

Photo credit: City of Laredo

Earlier today, City of Laredo Mayor Raul G. Salinas, along with Dist. III Council Member Alex Perez, Jr., recognized Grupo Fantasma for recently winning a Grammy Award in the Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban category for their current album “El Existential.” The group is based in Austin, Texas with several members originally from Laredo: Adrian Quesada; Francisco Martinez III (Beto); Gregory Gonzalez.

Their last album “Sonidos Gold” was nominated for a Grammy in 2009. The band has toured all over the world and has played at such prestigious festivals such as Montreal Jazz Fest, North Sea Jazz Fest in the Netherlands, Bonnaroo and many more. They have also performed with the legendary recording artist, Prince, on many occasions. Grupo Fantasma has been hailed as one of the most important bands today in the Latin genre.

Aside from winning a Grammy, the group received a nice award from Mayor Salinas, which they posed with; standing left to right are: Cm. Perez; Quesada; Gonzalez; and Martinez. The group members families were also on hand to help celebrate their accomplishments.

One of these days, I will catch one of their live shows! For today, no tickets, no time. Good luck guys!


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4 Responses to Grammy award winning Grupo Fantasma in town

  1. Uhm, why is our dear mayor doing the “creepy girlfriend leaning on her boyfriend in a really stiff photo” pose?

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