Lafayette LA - Winning over the crowds of Lafayette at Festival International de Louisiane and those around the globe, Grupo Fantasma is known as the funkiest, finest, and hardest working Latin orchestra to come out of the United States in the last decade. The band has garnered critical acclaim worldwide for their adventurous albums, prudent songwriting and unprecedented live shows.

"Grupo Fantasma is as tight as one would expect from a band that routinely backs up Prince" exclaimed LA Weekly and The Washington Post affirmed that "the ten members represent a new generation of latin music." The Grammy-nominated Sonidos Gold (2008), further trademarked the ensemble's innovative sound and scored a cover feature in Pollstar Magazine, radio spots on NPR's Day to Day and PRI's The World, top ten status for several months on the CMJ radio charts and extensive press coverage throughout North America and Europe.

Grupo Fantasma has recently taken home the award for Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album' at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards for their album El Existential. Highlights of their performances the past few years include the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Bonnaroo, Jelly NYC Pool Party, Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the horn section performing with Prince at Coachella, London's 02 Arena and the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and a two ten day engagements to entertain troops stationed in Kuwait and Iraq. Grupo Fantasma was also selected to perform at WOMEX, the exclusive world music expo, in Copenhagen, Denmark this past October. 2010 will have the band once again criss-crossing the globe with club dates and festivals worldwide.

For 27 years, Downtown Alive! (DTA!) has united community and culture to create a weekly tradition and celebration in Downtown Lafayette every Fall and Spring. DTA! offers, once again, great entertainment in the form of free, family-friendly, smoke free, outdoor concerts.

Sponsored by Cox Communications, Lafayette Coca-Cola and Lets Be Totally Clear, DTA! features performances by Grammy Nominated, renowned and up and coming musicians representing a variety of genres ranging from Cajun, Blues, Rock, Latin and more. DTA! begins at 5:30 p.m. with food and beverage concessions - musical performances from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Concession sales help keep DTA! free, so please leave your ice chests at home with your pets. For more information, visit www.downtownlafayette.org.

Downtown Alive! is produced by Downtown Lafayette in cooperation with Lafayette Consolidated Government. Special thanks to Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission, Event Rental, The Juliet Hotel and La Quinta Inn.


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