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Los Pinguos play Ashley Pond, 7 p.m. Friday for the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The band is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and they play a mix of Latin rhythms, reggae, rumba, tango, flamenco and rock. “The music is very energetic, fun, sexy, fiery and passionate. All right! It’s the 3rd Friday night party of the series,” coordinator Russell Gordon said.
Gordon said he looked up “Los Pinguos,” in the Spanish-English dictionary. “Nada. On the computer, I only found an outstanding band from Buenos Aires,” he said.
The Spanish word for “penguins” is “pinguinos”.
“I looked up los pinguinos de Patagonia and there’s a lot of really cool pictures. One of Los Pinguos’ favorite bands and early influences were the Beatles it’s a good name!” Gordon said.
Los Pinguos formed in 1999 in Buenos Aires and became very popular. In 2001, they moved to Los Angeles looking to find international success.
They’ve played all the major clubs and world music festivals in the Los Angeles area and all over the United States and the world. They’ve played the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif., many times. The same street festival that the Red Elvises first performed at in Los Angeles.
They played the new Ed McMahon TV show called the “Next Big Star,” and won the grand prize. The Red Elvises won the grand prize on McMahon’s “Star Search”, an earlier TV series.
The Red Elvises recommend that the people of Los Alamos catch the show. They are one of the Red Elvises favorite bands and have asked to say “hello.”
“Last week we belly danced. This week it’s Mambo time. The show will be a fabulous evening of dance, great entertainment and joy,” Gordon said.
R about and listen to Los Pinguos at lospinguos.com, myspace.com/lospinguos and at YouTube. For more information on the Concert Series at gordonssummerconcerts.com.
On June 6 and 7 the Los Alamos ChamberFest and the Summer Concert Series presents the music. On Friday night, the Warren Hood Band from Austin, Texas will perform. Warren is one of the best fiddlers in the world. His music is Americana, roots-rock, Texas country, bluegrass and blues. He is the most wanted of today’s great Texas fiddlers. Visit warrenhood.com, YouTube and Myspace. Friday night will be CB Fox-Dixie Girl-LA Chamber of Commerce Night, who are long-time sponsors of the series.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, the ChamberFest presents Eddy and the Nomads playing classic rock of the 50’s and 60’s. There’ll be lots of booths, games, a car show and more.
The Friday night and Saturday concerts will be downtown at the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street.