Call it disco. Call it acid jazz. Call it funk. Hell, call it gozadera, electroparranda, or a Venezuelan journey into space. Call it whatever you like, because when trying to stir up an adequate description of the Los Amigos Invisibles sound, any of the above -- and countless more -- captures one aspect or another of the band's sprawling psychedelic vision.
However, if you ask frontman and Miami transplant Julio "Chulius" Briceño, he'll probably just tell you that it's "a Latin-funk house band." And that's good enough, Mr. Briceño.
Since its inception in the early '90s -- a direct response to Caracas's burning need for dance music that wasn't salsa and alternative music that wasn't punk -- Los Amigos Invisibles has been fighting the good fight, bringing its positive party message to the world while dropping a solid stack of studio albums. In '95, the sextet released its debut, A Typical and Autoctonal Dance Band, and then followed up in '98 with The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera. From those early days through its most recent release, 2009's Commercial, this band has remained fully committed to filling the dance floor. And believe it, Los Amigos aren't quitting anytime soon.
With Elastic Bond, Mr. Pauer, Carlos G, and David G. Friday, September 24, at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $25 in advance via wantickets.com.
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