Spanglish Fly: Bikes, babes and boogaloo

Spanglish Fly

Boogaloo is the original NYC hybrid, blending classic Latin rhythms and instrumentation with popular Harlem 60s pop and soul.  It has made a local come back with bands like Spanglish Fly at the helm.

“You want to get with me, you better learn how to ride bike,” lead singer Erica Ramos declares from the stage at Brooklyn’s Battle of the Boroughs.  Spanglish Fly is an eleven-piece outfit fronted by the energetic alto who has a knack for getting the audience involved in the show.  At Barbes or Nublu, where they play regularly, the band teaches concertgoers to shake something in twos, with a boogaloo twirl that gets the dance floor going strong.

“Yeah Baby, you got it,” Erica will exclaim with a nod, encouraging participants to take advantage of the percussion, horns, piano and guitars that grace the stage in easy rhythms and choral cheers.  Spanglish Fly usually does two sets of classics mixed up with original songs like “Me Gusta Mi Bicicleta” and “Let My People Boogaloo.”  The players are a bit like the songs, a blend of seasoned musicians alongside young feistier counterparts.  The entire unit is fueled by smiles and bounce with cozy renditions of tunes in a relaxed homage to mid-century organ and drums plus island music en español.  The band looks to enjoy the whole arrangement, generating live party music rooted in NYC history.

This next week Spanglish Fly joins their regular collaborator in festejar, DJ Turmix, whose monthly in the East Village has helped to rev up the retro fire surrounding boogaloo boogie down.  The group will bring their usually late-night festivities to an early situation at Le Poisson Rouge.

Johnny Colon is a legendary performer from the original era and headlines the show being held to benefit the East Harlem Music School.  DJ Turmix organized the event and brought in the band that includes ten bopping instrumentalists, one flirting and vamping hot-cookie of a singer in updo and tattoos, and an audience of dancing duos.  Outside there will no doubt be a sidewalk full of bicicletas parked and ready to ride. 

DJ TURMIX – Boogaloo con Soul from Roberto Serrini on Vimeo.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

DA: Homeless man severely beat by men in…

Two former college football players pleaded not guilty to the alleged severe beating of a homeless man in Allston earlier this year.

National

Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact.

Local

Reports: Dead man pulled from water at Boston's…

A dead man was reportedly pulled from the water at Boston's Long Wharf Wednesday afternoon, according to the Boston Fire Department.

Local

Primark to make US debut in Boston

Dublin retailer Primark will make its U.S. debut with a store at the former Filene's site in Boston.

Going Out

Thursty: Revamped Audubon is back in action

Having been a long time fan of Trina's Starlite Lounge in Inman Square, one of my only complaints about the place is that there's only…

Entertainment

Here's what to do in Boston this weekend

MUSIC Huun Huur Tu Friday, 8 p.m. First Church in Cambridge 11 Garden St., Cambridge $28, 617-876-4275 www.worldmusic.org This group comes from the tiny nation…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

The Word

The best lines from Oprah's ex-stepmother's Daily Mail…

Oprah’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is out for revenge.

MLB

Fantasy baseball: Searching for early season prospects

It’s relatively rare for a mediocre 30-year-old hitter to suddenly go nuts offensively for 162 games. That’s why minor league prospects are so exciting.

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC 'targeting' US international Mix Diskerud

Metro New York has learned Mix Diskerud has drawn “interest” from the expansion MLS side, NYCFC.

MLB

Statistics show plate approach for Red Sox has…

Statistics show plate approach for Red Sox has been off so far in 2014

MLB

MLB video highlights: Yankees rout Red Sox, 9-3

Jon Lester allows eight runs in 4 2/3 innings taking loss

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."