Bachaco at the Stage Tonight for Jack Daniels Studio No. 7

Did you know that an ant can carry anywhere from ten to 50 times its own body weight?

Just another reason why Bachaco's name is awesome. Besides the word being fun to say.

For those that don't know, this local Latin-reggae fusion band derives is name from a Venezuelan leaf-cutter ant. And like its tiny namesake from the Formicidae family, Bachaco's been doing quite a bit of heavy lifting these past few months.

"We have spent the last two months on the road," says frontman Eddy Morillo of the band's recent stint on the road. The tour began during SXSW, though Bachaco took off without a scheduled show in the books. "That same Monday we got a call from BMI and we were [included] in their showcase! That changed our whole trip and made the experience even more productive."

The band also spent an entire week recording new material at the Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica -- the payoff for a contest they won at Grand Central last year.

"We did a few dates in Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco," he says. "Then we had the honor to open for Israel Vibration twice. First at Flamingo Cantina club in Austin, then at the Austin Reggae Fest. This past weekend we opened for War at Fiesta Atlanta. And so far, everywhere we go, people love Bachaco!"

No doubt, it's hard not to love the band's infectious, danceable, reggae, and cumbia-tinged tunes. And whether you're already a fan, you'd be well advised to check them out tonight at the Stage. Not only because it promises to be a great show and a hell of a good time, but because it may be your last chance for a while.

"This will be our first show in Miami in two months," says Morillo, "and most likely the only one [for] a few months ... until we come back from tour."

Bachaco shoves off again tomorrow, making stops within the Sunshine State -- like Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando, and then Tampa for the Tropical Heatwave Festival -- before returning to Austin for the fourth time this year.

"Texas is proving to be great fans of Bachaco!," Morillo says. "After that we're co-headlining the Mateel Summer Arts and Music Fest in North California, a week after that we'll be also performing in Virginia Beach at Hardee's Latin Fest.

"We're traveling about 7,000 miles in just a few weeks! It's a little tiring, but we're loving the energy we get from the people everywhere we go. And little by little, we're building a family in every city we're visiting.

"Last year, we played about 50 shows. Our goal is to reach at least 100 or 150 by the end of this year. And we've already played and lined up about 40 shows in just [six months], so I'm proud to say we're keeping up with our goal!"

Bachaco as part of Jack Daniels Studio No. 7. Friday, May 6. The Stage, 170 NE 38 St., Miami. There's no cover with RSPV to studio7@shockoff.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.

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