THE AMIGOS deliver foot-stomping, accordion-infused Indie-Americana music blending folk-rock, zydeco/cajun, and hot jazz. As global ambassadors for American music, the Amigos toured 6 countries and 20 states in the past year, sharing a message of ecstatic collaboration and inclusion in over 200 performances in 2014. The Amigos' debut album, "Diner in the Sky," featuring American music legend David Amram, has received significant airplay in the US and Europe, and was praised by the Wall Street Journal. The Amigos are committed to exploring the rich connections in roots music, and have performed or recorded with Jim Lauderdale, Nellie McKay, Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers, Ranger Doug (of Riders in the Sky), Pete Seeger, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and have opened for artists such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sam Bush, Tab Benoit, and Jon Batiste.
The Amigos have made education central to their musical goals. In 2014, they toured Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam through the U.S State Department's American Music Abroad program, hosting over 30 concerts and workshops featuring international touring artists. As part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program, The Amigos give over 50 performances in NYC schools each year, focusing on democracy, freedom and improvisation, and cultural heritage. In the last year they have led school performances in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Washington D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING...
"This accordion-based group (yes, accordion!) is updated Americana at its best. Taking mostly folk rock then adding jazz and zydeco-cajun influences, you get music that's impossible not to stomp your feet to (or dance around in happy circles). Plus, their instrument solos pretty much shred it." - The Huffington Post
"Describing themselves as a "hot folk" ensemble, this energetic quartet appeals to the same dancing crowd that flocks to such neo-hot jazz groups as the Stay Human Band and the Hot Sardines. Their excellent new album, "Diner in the Sky," benefits from the production expertise of David Amram, himself a storied veteran of many a jazz-folk-classical music mashup." - Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal
“The Amigos have their own loose-limbed charm...serving up a sprightly mixture of folk, country,
mariachi, and more." - The New Yorker
“...a swinging mash of bluegrass, jazz, Cajun, country and gospel music.”
- San Francisco Chronicle
“The Amigos heat up the joint...” - Time Out NY
“Just totally love that single, love the whole spirit of it... the opening track from Diner In The Sky” - Bob Harris, BBC
“The Amigos are one of our new favorite bands right now. Their blend of nearly every genre of American music, from blues to folk-rock to zydeco and beyond, makes the band an absolute thrill to hear on record and in person." - Elmore Magazine
“The Amigos’ high-energy Americana music blend of country, Cajun/zydeco and jazz has earned them a sold-out series of performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center...” - The Examiner
"If The Amigos don't win you over with their toe-tapping, genre-busting music mix or their infectious enthusiasm, they'll get you with their matching western shirts." - John Platt, WFUV
"The Amigos are one of the hottest new bands to come to my attention. Singing, playing, dancing around the mic in bright matching shirts ... they have a visual thing going on that most bands lack... more fun and exciting than anything I could have imagined. They are new and refreshing, and I'm very proud of presenting them." - Gene Shay, WXPN