When it rains, it pours. For the second time this year, a legendary Peruvian cumbia band is touring the world and stopping in Easthampton. But in many ways, Los Wemblers de Iquitos are even more exotic and unique than the Los Mirlos appearance back in May.
In 1968, a shoemaker named Solomon Sanchez decided to form a band with his five sons in the largest most-isolated city in the world, Iquitos. Called Los Wemblers, they are said to be the original founders of Peruvian Cumbia, a delirious cocktail of traditional music of that time (cumbia, carimbó, pandilla), mixed with surf, psych rock, Afro-Latin rhythms, and tropicalia. Fifty years later, the original members of the band are touring internationally, spurred by a broad revival in psychedelic cumbia and a profound love for their music.
Los Wemblers were responsible for some of the first hits in the psychedelic cumbia genre — including the iconic “Sonido Amazonico” and “Danza del Petrolero”, two titles co-opted (stolen, claim Los Wemblers) by that other popular band, Los Mirlos. Their new album Vision del Ayahuasca celebrates the 50th anniversary of the band and confirms their unquestionable position in the genre. The recording sounds timeless and joyful, oscillating between the band’s love of tropical dance music and brazen guitar rock rooted in late 60s psychedelia.
PLUS! The Peace & Rhythm DJs are bringing their highly relevant collection of tropical music to the party, before and after the live music.
The Planetary Party drops monthly in Easthampton’s New City Brewery, celebrating world-class music from everywhere and made possible in part by Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Roaster. Zero-Fee $18 advance tickets are available at www.laudable.productions . $20/door. $10 student tickets available with student ID at the door thanks to our sponsor!
LIVE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/R33w8Y3DKpg
ABOUT THE BAND: https://youtu.be/xtEgPBgP5fQ