San Diego Afro-Cuban band rolls into Sly's.
Thursday, September 18, 2003
While conducting a phone interview with Paul Lopez about his band, Agua Dulce, it sounds like a party is starting in the background. It turns out that the noise is just members of his group jamming in their tour van on the way to a show in Aspen, Colorado.
It is not a surprise that Agua Dulce sounds like a party. With four of the group''s six members credited with playing percussion, the San Diego-based band conspires to get the dance floor filled during its performances.
Agua Dulce''s debut CD, Searching For Juana, is a fun, energetic album mixing Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz, reggae, funk and hip-hop. The second song of the album, the percussion-drenched "Juana," sounds very exotic until singer Dante Loaiza starts singing in English. Though percussionist Paul Lopez is proud of their recorded material, he believes that the live shows are where his group truly shines.
"What we do now doesn''t compare with what''s on the CD," Lopez says. "When we play, we tear it up."
Agua Dulce will play Sly McFly''s, 700 Cannery Row, Monterey, Saturday at 9pm. 649-8050.