On Sunday, September 10th a unique punk-mariachi-hip-pop group from Los Angeles (via Tijuana and Buenos Aires), Los Super Elegantes, performed in NYC. They were the exclusive act for the evening at the Starbucks Salon (other performers include Jose Gonzalez & Lansing Dreiden). The Salon was set in Soho on Greene Street in a rented out store front with Starbucks colors painted in swirl designs all over the walls. A coffee kiosk sold cups of hot coffee in ceramic mugs while Starbucks baristas passed out shots of new coffee samples.
I had never seen Los Super Elegantes live and I was excited to see a full house from the beginning to end of their set. Milena Muzquiz was wearing a short, black, baby doll dress and a black crop sweater. Martiniano Lopez-Crozet dressed in all black with a Torero-like look (bullfighter) from the waist down with knee high socks and tight black pants.
Their live performance was amusing and expectedly, very kitch... perfect for a Sunday evening show with comfy benches and coffee. But don't think they didn't pop the roof off just because people were sitting down! The band bopped along gleefully with Kenny on bass, Dave on drums, Ben on guitar and Mike on trumpet. People bounced up and down in their seats and others were dancing in the isles while singing along to every song. They performed all my favorites, "Je Suis Bien," "Por Que Te Vas," "Dance" (ESG cover), and "Sixteen."
Favorites of David Byrne and featured in Index and The FADER, Los Super Elegantes have played with Beck and recently performed in Mexico with underground electropop/cumbia artist, Maria Daniela y su Sonido Lasser (performing in NYC Oct. 7th), are working on a new album to be released in 2007. Their album, Channelizing Paradise, is available to purchase at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, Sea Level Records in Echo Park and online through iTunes, Napster, and Aquarius Records.
Los Super Elegantes (official site)
by AmyLu Meneses