Mexican funk band Pilaseca takes over New Orleans this weekend

Funk is a worldwide phenomenon. Witness the success of this seven-piece Latin Funk powerhouse with three shows beginning tonight. I saw them play back in May and the band scorched the walls of the Maple Leaf with their nouveau disco grooves and high energy MC.

Based out of San Miguel de Allende, a city that shares many attributes with New Orleans, this critically acclaimed independent band has been hot on the Mexican music scene for 13 years and has become a fixture at the country’s biggest music festivals.

Pilaseca bends genres with their contagious mix of funk, hip-hop, disco, and Latin beats (from cumbia to salsa.) Their high-energy show keeps the audience’s feet and hips in motion.

The Mexican version of Rolling Stone magazine gave their most recent album, Mi Suerte Cambio (My Luck Changed) four stars and boasted, “It is a source of pride to hear a national act pave the way for Mexican FUNK.This band, from San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato, shines with an album ripe with influences from Tower of Power to James Brown. Their sexy lyrics (some in English) and beats are enough to make you jump.”

The first gig is tonight, 11/22, opening for Bonerama at the Blue Nile. They play Sunday at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival and perform on Monday night at 10:30 PM after Alexis & the Samurai at Chickie Wah Wah.

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