Friday, August 6, 2004

Latin bands Cypress Hill and DeSol at Dancin' in the District this weekend

"The Asbury Park, N.J. group deSol features the same infectious, rousing sound and exciting mix of Latin rhythms and American pop and rock elements previously popularized by such bands as Azteca, Malo and the original Santana ensemble. But one difference between these earlier aggregations and deSol, who appears Saturday as part of Bridgestone Dancin' In The District, is this band's strong identification with Nashville, a city that's not as well known for its Latin connections as Miami, Los Angeles or New York. DeSol's Aug. 24 debut disc will be released on Curb Records, and the first single 'Spin Around' is already getting airplay on both Spanish-language and Americana radio stations."

"'We do about twenty-five to thirty percent of our songs in Spanish and the rest of them are in English,' Monterrosa said. 'This is really not that big a deal to us, but it is something that the industry as a whole always seems to be concerned about. We've done sets where we take some of the English songs and do them in Spanish, and there are others where we'll do some of the choruses or bridges in Spanish and the main melody and the hooks in English, and it never seems to bother the audiences.'"

"Los Angeles' own Cypress Hill serves up a unique brand of hip-hop that merges rap with rock, hardcore with Latin-flavored textures. Though the crew formed in 1988, this Latino group didn't become a bona fide hip-hop smash until 1991. Cypress Hill's best-known song is perhaps Insane in the Brain, which came from its 1993 album, Black Sunday."

"See deSol Saturday at Bridgestone Dancin' In the District, First Avenue and Broadway at Riverfront Park, along with Cypress Hill, Dropping Daylight and Common Ground. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 day of the event. Gates open at 4 p.m. Call 255-3588 for information. Children ages 5 and under get in free. To purchase tickets by phone, call 1-800-594-TIXX (8499) or log onto"

Nashville City Paper, The Tennessean

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