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"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, Top 5 Must-See Summer Indie Concerts in NYC

"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 alternate their own brand of folk-rock, cajun and joie-de-vivre music... This collection of talented young men is well worth the price of admission.” - 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

 BAND HISTORY

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. 

Domestic touring experience

Approximately 200 performances in 2014-2015.

Concert performances and school workshops over the past 2 years in New York, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Washington D.C., New Jersey, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Notable New York region performances include 4 sold-out performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 2 performances at Joe’s Pub,  performance at Highline Ballroom, ongoing residency at Greenwich House Music School, and various shared bills with David Amram, Holly Near, Peter Yarrow, Bilal, Michael Daves, Ranger Doug, Nellie McKay, and more.

Other notable domestic performances include 2013 Philadelphia Folk Festival, 2013 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference, 2012-2015 Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference, 2014-2015 Folk Alliance International Conference, 2014 Kerrville Folk Festival, 2014 Ola Belle Reed Festival, 2014 Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, Music City Roots (Nashville, TN) double bill with Carolina Chocolate Drops at Blue Ridge Music Center (Galax, VA), Freight and Salvage (Berkeley, CA), Swallow Hill Music Center (Denver, CO), Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa, OK).

INTERNATIONAL TOURING EXPERIENCE

2014 American Music Abroad tour in Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. Collaborations with local musicians in each country included public performances with conservatory and professional musicians, individual students, and student groups. Performance at the Hue Festival 2014 in Vietnam involved shared bill with other international touring acts.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

2015 Nomination Best Americana Album and Best Americana Song for the Independent Music Awards

2015 Official Showcase Folk Alliance International

2014 Official Showcase Folk Alliance International

2013 American Music Abroad Ensemble

2013 Official Showcase Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference

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