Aterciopelados, Los Amigos Invisibles
2036 University Avenue
near Downtown Berkeley BART
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
The Pioneer Latin-American Folk-Rock Group
Aterciopelados, the pioneer Latin-American folk-rock group, returns after 8 years with their first long and live project entitled “Reluciente, Rechinante y Aterciopelado.” This CD+DVD is a compilation of the most representative songs of their repertoire that celebrates over two decades of their existence as a band. It features the participation of big names, such as Macaco, León Larregui (vocals for the Mexican group Zoé), Goyo (Chocquibtown) and Catalina García (Monsieur Periné).
The group’s members, Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago, founded Aterciopelados in 1992 and achieved great success, both locally and internationally, thanks to a sound that was absolutely unique and innovative, free of prejudices, mixing rock with the roots of Colombian folklore and even with salsa and bossa nova.
Aterciopelados have grown and evolved with each production, making history in Latin America and the rest of the world. They have released seven studio and one compilation album, selling over ten million copies of their records. Their album Río has been mentioned by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 10 best Latin rock albums of all times.
They have earned two Latin Grammy awards and been nominated on multiple occasions for the Grammy. Aterciopelados are also Amnesty International ambassadors focusing on the fight against abuse of women and have been strong activists since the beginning of their journey as a group, as well as individually, with Andrea releasing three studio recordings (“Andrea Echeverri”, “Dos” & “Ruiseñora”) that reveal a very clear position regarding gender issues and the rights of women. The first one of said albums carries her name.
Furthermore, Hector, who is composer and producer for many up and coming artists, has always been interested in the environment and the legacy from ancestral indigenous people, and has actively participated in organizing “Canto al Agua,” an intercultural network focusing on healing and caring for the water. His soloist discography consists of his albums “Conector”, “Conector II” and “Niños Cristal”.
Hector and Andrea are currently presenting “Reluciente, Rechinante y Aterciopelado”, homage to all the songs that turned them into one of the greatest and most renowned rock bands in Colombia and worldwide. As a result of their getting together after a three-year recess and with the objective of presenting their greatest hits at the 20 years of Rock al Parque, they have created this CD+DVD. It includes songs that made the “50 most viral songs of Colombia.”
This is an album filled with environmental-friendly elements, and all related videos of the group are already available on the Vevo channel on Youtube and available on all streaming and online purchasing websites. It is a summary of the greatest hits of a legendary band that has left its imprint on more than one generation for over two decades.
In the middle of their world tour “Reluciente, Rechinante 2017”, in which they support the release of the live album that bears this name in different countries in Europe, Aterciopelados’ pays tribute to Juan Gabriel, with its version of “He venido a pedirte Perdón”.
According to Andrea and Héctor, this song is “Sound nu disco and plancha futurista”, referring to the term ‘iron music’ that in Colombia encompasses the great songwriters of Latin music of the 70’s and 80’s.
Los Amigos Invisibles
Since their first album in 1995, Los Amigos Invisibles have developed a sound based on the “gozadera” – an irresistible fusion of Latin rhythms with fiery funk and lounge music. The band got their first break when David Byrne (Talking Heads) discovered one of their albums by chance in a Manhattan record shop. He immediately called the band up in their native Venezuela and soon after, signed them to his label: Luaka Bop. Byrne opened doors for the band across the globe and Los Amigos Invisibles soon became an international touring machine.
Los Amigos Invisibles moved to New York City from their hometown of Caracas in 2001 and entrenched themselves in the local scene. With their electrifying live show, the group began building a considerable fan-base across the U.S. collaborating with artists such as Louie Vega (Masters At Work), Dimitri From Paris, Natalia Lafourcade, Cachorro López and Jorge Gonzalez, among others. Los Amigos Invisibles were able to establish themselves in the international dance music scene and expand their sound, while raking in Grammy nominations year after year and performing all over the globe as well as on television shows like The Jimmy Kimmel Show.
In the last few years, they have established their own record label – Gozadera Records – and have tightened their hooks and focused their songs, recording their most accessible work yet.
Los Amigos Invisibles have toured in over 60 countries. They’re latest release, ‘Commercial,’ was awarded a Latin GRAMMY for “Best Alternative Album”; the band’s fifth-career GRAMMY Nomination.
Following their Grammy win, 2010 saw festival appearances and shows throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2011, the band released Not So Commercial, an EP of outtakes from the Commercial album. This album was a nominee for the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album in 2012.
In April 2013, Repeat After Me was released. This album received a Grammy nomination in the category of “Best Latin Alternative Album” and a Latin Grammy in the category of “Best Alternative Album”, “Song of the year” and “Best Cover”.
In 2014, the band is releasing a greatest hits compilation recorded live in Mexico City with acoustic versions of some of their most famous songs with featurings from some of the patins scene ́s finest.
Los Amigos Invisibles are:
Mauricio Arcas: Percussion
Julio Briceño: Vocals
Juan Manuel Roura: Drums
José Rafael Torres: Bass
For almost two decades, DJ Julicio has scratched, spun and
pulsated his way across clubs, hotels, bars, and festivals
around the world.
Born and molded in Santiago, Chile, he has played in places
like New York, Miami, Seattle, Austin, Maui, San Francisco,
and his current home, Los Angeles. Abroad, he’s shaken dance
floors throughout the UK, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, Bali
and all over South America.
He has opened for internationally recognized bands including:
Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, UnderWorld, Vince Staples, Cafe
Tacuba, Talib Kweli, Ana Tijoux, Calle 13, Dilated Peoples,
Blackalicious, Zion I, Cultural Profetica, DJ Premier, The
Crystal Method, J Boog, Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, Los
Rakas, Orishas, GhostFaceKillah, Pharoahe Monch, Dj Q-bert,
Electric Wire Hustle, Camp Lo, Gondwana, Zap Mama, Los
Amigos Invisibles, Molotov, Jarabe de palo, The Coupe, Sick
Jacken , Mobb Deep, People Under The Stairs, Los Amigos
Invisibles, Kinky, Ozomatli, Natalia LaFurcade, Control
Machete, Katchafire, Los Cafres, Jay Electronica and many
more. In addition, he has regularly shaken the Silicon Valley
tech scene at major events for Samsung, Air BnB, Lyft, Puma,
User Testing, Skull Candy and others.
A love of music and an obsession with deejaying that started
at the age of 15 has culminated in a mature artist who enjoys
multiple styles — Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, Latin, Electronic and
the uncategorizable. After many years of living in San
Francisco, he is now based in Los Angeles California.
A night of beats crafted and curated by DJ Julicio is a journey
into the beauty & power of music.