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Los Autenticos Decadentes and 3ballMTY Central Park Summerstage New York, NY July 14, 2012
On the last day of the 2012 Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC), hundreds of fans, dressed in Argentinean national soccer team jerseys, descended on Central Park for one-hour set by Los Autenticos Decadentes, preceded by Mexico's 3ballMty, a trio of young DJs who mixed up Latin sounds with electronics and live percussion.
The three MCs had great energy, jumping and dancing around while playing various snippets of well-known songs to energize the crowd, which responded with loud applause. As the group wrapped up its set, stage hands prepared or the 11-piece Los Autenticos Decadentes, which came on after a short break. Led vocalist Gustavo "Cucho" Parisi, the group proceeded to play its time-tested mix of ska, rock and Latin beats.
Hearing the group live, their influences were evident, with Os Paralamas do Sucesso a clear reference, since the Argentinean band's sound, at times, demonstrated a close resemblance to the Brazilian trio. Los Autenticos Decadentes is very percussive as well, and at one time had three different musicians handling percussion instruments. The impressive lineup was rounded out by Jorge Serrano (guitars, vocals, choirs and pincullo), Diego Demarco (guitars, vocals, choirs), Nito Montecchia, (guitars, choirs), Gastón "Francés" Bernardou (percussion, effects and synthesizers), Martín "La Mosca" Lorenzo (percussion and choirs), Daniel Zimbello (trombone), Pablo Armesto (bass guitar and choirs), Pablo Rodriguez (saxophone, flute and pincullo), Eduardo Tripodi (percussion and choirs), Mariano Franceschelli (drums, bass guitar, percussion and choirs) and Guillermo "Capanga" Eijo (trumpet and choirs)all talented musicians with a great rapport with the audience.
The short set was very energetic as the band went through its hits, seamlessly moving from disco and cumbia to rock and, at one point, even samba-reggae, the infectious fusion beat from Bahia, Brazil. The audience danced and sang along with every tune, cheering loudly between songs. The evening ended with a performance by Mexico's Latin-fusion band Kinky. Also on hand was DJ Raff, who played his mixes between sets.
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.