Nag Champayons Drop “Brazilian LSD” December 2

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Nag Champayons Celebrate New Single / Debut Video “Brazilian LSD” at Wynwood Yard December 2

Little Haiti’s Afrogalactic / tropidelic outfit issue new psychedelic garage funk single, equally spaced out video

Miami, FL – November 17, 2016 – With each successive release, the Nag Champayons have raised the Miami musical bar in terms of creativity, messaging and collaborative efforts. On December 2, 2016 the group will once again blow away convention with a heady and infectious new single, and visually stunning video called “Brazilian LSD”. They will celebrate the release with a screening and performance at Wynwood Yard (56 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127) during an Art Basel weekend event beginning at 10 p.m. The show is open to all ages, and there is no cover to attend.

The new number describes a flight of fancy triggered by a certain South American psychoactive substance. “Just try and relax,” the seductress Yopo Ono says (played by local photographer Alissa Christine, who also shot stills of the band for the video). From there, the song goes from a percussive Marakatu intro, to the band chanting “no falo português pero muito obrigado”, yielding to the driving, mid-tempo groove that forms the bulk of the song.

“This is a hook I’ve had in my head for some time, one that would occasionally pop up during band improv jams,” says co-founder and bassist Edwin Cardona. “Recently, I’ve heard lots of talk and seen ads about people going to South America for an ayahuasca retreat, and how it’s supposedly better than psychotherapy. In a way, this inspired the concept of the band getting lured into the jungle, and then being psychically transported to another plane of existence by the female shaman, who is played by Yuly Pavon.”

Where the band’s 2015 Rising Sounds of a Sinking City, eight-movement, 21-minute theme was dark, serious, and ominous, this new song is funky, danceable, and playful. It is a sonic and visual, if not tongue-in-cheek, representation of the shamanism that originates and is still present in the Amazon basin.

The track was recorded at City of Progress Studio by Andrew YeomansonAKA DJ Le Spam, who also mixed it, along with the group. Mastering credit goes to Cacolici. Produced by the band, “Brazilian LSD” features Cardona, co-founder Ryan Cacolici (keyboards / mouth harp), Jose Elias on guitar, Ephniko on vocals, drummer / percussionist Kenneth Metzker,percussionist Nery Arrevalo, and vocalist Komakozie.

“This song almost happened backwards – it was there as a jam, but when we played the full arrangement live at the Okeechobee Fest in early spring,  the video concept really came together,” says Cacolici. “Once the vision occurred that night, where the jaguar chases a naked Ed through the jungle, that’s when the lyrics and video concept came together. It’s really the first time we did something with a focused intention.” Although the keyboardist and visual artist has been involved in editing and production before, this is the first time he’s actually produced one all the way through.

The video was shot and edited at 7th Circuit Studio by J Dude, and also features a cameo appearance by 7th Circuit founder Ray Orraca, who plays the part of a shaman. The Dude also contributed to the post-production effects. Cacolici, who art directed the video, continues: “We’ve been focused on the video for the last couple of months, and it was great to incorporate the Moksha Family Arts Collective, which has always been our home turf. We had the Okeechobee experience because of Ray and the 7th Circuit stage, so it was cool to shoot the green screen there and bring him into it.”

The video will be issued on the band’s YouTube Channel – be sure to subscribe to receive an alert when the video is pushed live. The single will be released on CD Baby, iTunes, and Spotify, which will all be accessible through the band’s website December 2nd.

For more details, visit www.NagChampayons.com or call 786.280.0727.

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ABOUT THE NAG CHAMPAYONS

It’s Frank Zappa and Serge Gainsbourg wrestling Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. It’s Sonic Youth’s plane crashing into Fela Kuti’s boat in the Everglades on the hottest day of summer. “Afro-Floyd,” said one listener. The group began in the early 2000s as an improvisational collective whose name came out of the burning of Nag Champa incense during early jams.

They currently feature Ryan Cacolici on keyboards, Edwin Cardona (bass), Jose Elias on guitar, Kenneth Metzker, Nestor Prieto, and Nery Arrevalo (percussion), and Ephinko and and Michael “Komikaze Rodney on vocals.

The Nags won the Broward Palm Beach New Times‘ award for “Best Band Name” in 2004. Drawing from African, Caribbean, hip-hop, rock and jazz influences, they have consistently amazed crowds with their diversity, quickly rising to the top of Miami’s music and art scene. The group enjoyed a years-long monthly residence at the Hollywood, FL Mystic Kava Bar, calling it “Psychedelic Jazz Practice.”

On the heels of their lauded single “James Brown’s A$$,” the band was invited by the Brooklyn Academy of Music to perform as part of two of their premiere productions, the Si Cuba Festival and the Dance Africa Festival. As part of the Moksha Family Visionary artist collective, the Nags have had the honor to collaborate on stage with notable live painters Alex GreyMark Henson and Alex Sastoque.

The Nag Champayons continue to challenge convention; first with their 2012 self-titled EP featuring the acclaimed single “183rd St. Flea Market,” which includes contributions from long-time Nag collaborators El Chino Dread Lion (Yerba Buena) and Itagui from Locos Por Juana, then with their brilliant 2015 concept album Rising Sounds of a Sinking City, and now with their heady and infectious new single and video, “Brazilian LSD”.

For more, visit www.NagChampayons.com or call 786.280.0727.

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Electric Piquete Releases New Single “Cut Me Loose”

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Electric Piquete Releases New Single “Cut Me Loose”

New funk / soul track a collaboration with singer-songwriter Maco Monthervil, concept video in production

Hialeah, FL – July 26, 2016 –  Today, Electric Piquete, two-time Miami New Times “Best Latin Band” award winners, released a new single called “Cut Me Loose”. It features the vocals of South Florida-based Maco Monthervil, one-half of the disbanded garage / soul duo The Lovers Key, and is now streaming on Spotify and is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.com. The song is part of the band’s new “Singles Collection” release, which complies the six tracks issued individually during the last five years.

The track is a mid-tempo funk / soul number, composed and arranged by the band, and featuring the vocal melody and lyrics by Monthervil. Performance credits include: drummer and band co-founder Ed Rosado on drums and percussion, bassist / co-founder Michael Mut on bass, Chris Correoso – guitar, Rich Dixon, trumpet, and special guests Raymond Ayala (congas), CharlesChipGardner on keyboards, and Robert Smiley on tenor sax. Rosado earned a co-production credit; Mut one for executive production.

“Cut Me Loose” was recorded from December 2015 through June 2016 at Red Door Studios in Little Haiti and co-produced by Jose Elias (Spam Allstars, the Nag Champayons, Cortadito). The song was mixed and mastered by Ferny Coipel (I Don’t Know, Humbert) at the Shack North Studios in Hialeah. Coipel has previously worked with the band, both in the studio recording, mixing and producing Electric Piquete’s 2011 self-titled debut, and as live sound engineer.

The band is currently working on a video for the single, under the direction of Gary Pettigrew from the Sunrise, FL-based production company Rush Media Studios. Pettigrew has done video production for Erica Mena and the Intro Music Group, and was mentored by J. Jesses Smith, who directed Breathe, produced Before I Self Destruct, and produced music videos for 50 Cent, Erick Sermon, DMX, Eve, Akon, Bizzy Bone and others.

The video will show clips of the band live and in studio, intermingled with a concept about Maco realizing his potential as an independent creative force. It will celebrate themes of individuality, freedom of expression, diversity and respect for all. The band, vocalist and video producer / director will be celebrating the release of the song and video Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Ball & Chain (1513 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135) during the August edition of the band’s monthly residency called #PiqueteSessions.

For more about Monthervil, visit www.soundcloud.com/Maco-Monthervil; learn more about Rush Media at rushmediastudios.com. For additional details about the band, visit www.ElectricPiquete.com.

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ABOUT ELECTRIC PIQUETE

Electric Piquete is probably best known for its fiery originals and inventive interpretations of Latin and jazz standards. A powerfully-tight drums / bass / guitar / keys rhythm section sets the groove for an incendiary horn section, taking listeners on an Afro-Caribbean journey of sound. The band features drummer / vocalist Ed Rosado, bassist / vocalist Michael Mut, Chris Correoso on guitar, Rich Dixon on trumpet and flugelhorn, Raymond Ayala on congas, Chip Gardner on keyboards, Robert Smiley on tenor sax, and occasionally, Jose Miranda on trombone and Maco Monthervil, lead vocals.

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New Jim Camacho single benefits Switchboard of Miami and Paws4You

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Jim Camacho’s “Make It to the Morning Light” Single to Benefit Switchboard of Miami and Paws4You

New video features powerful, life-affirming message and the artist’s adopted dog

Miami, FL – March 16, 2015 – Miami singer – songwriter Jim Camacho celebrated the release of his new video “Make It to the Morning Light” with a special performance last week in Fort Lauderdale. Camacho is now offering the single as a downloadable mp3 through his Bandcamp page. Fans can receive it in exchange for a donation that will be split equally between the Switchboard of Miami, which is well-known in the community for expertise in the field of suicide prevention, and Paws 4 You, a local pet rescue and adoption service. Both organizations are registered 501(c)3 non-profits. Those interested in donating / downloading should navigate here: http://bit.ly/JCMMITTML.

Inspired by the beautiful mountain scenery of Giant’s Castle and his interaction with friendly locals while in South Africa recently, Camacho wrote and begin recording the track in Africa, and subsequent recording was done in Miami at Jim’s home studio and in Los Angeles at Fernando Perdomo‘s (Jakob Dylan /Emitt Rhodes) Reseda Ranch Studios and at Jason Hann‘s (String Cheese Incident / EOTO) Bopland Studio. It is Jim’s third single in just over a year and represents new musical territory for Jim: world music. African drums and percussion are a prominent part of the song’s rhythm track.

Lyrically, the song brims with positivity, forgiveness and grace, the main take-away being one of hope. Here he blends his sharp pop sensibilities superbly with the emotional elements that surrounded him at the time. The tune is a sort of call to people in despair to just try to “make it to the morning light.” The miracle of morning, and the solitude combined with the beauty of first light, is symbolic of acceptance and survival. Right after writing the song, Jim was shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Robin Williams and made him feel an even greater desire to get the song completed and released.

Shot in South Miami and in the historic MiMo District of Miami, the video for “Make It to the Morning Light” was filmed and directed by Juan Davila (2Way Creative) and produced by Annie Fernandez. It follows the desperate plight of a young woman played by Michelle Grand (Ex-Norwegian), and an abusive homeless dog owner (Camacho’s friend and frequent collaborator Alex Porro) and the positive, even life-saving effects that our four-legged friends can have on us. Jim’s dog Rudy also plays an important role in the video. Camacho recently adopted another pet dog Marshmallow from Paws 4 You.

The track features Jim on lead vocals, bass, acoustic guitar and toy piano, his brother John Camacho on background vocals, Perdomo on electric, slide and acoustic guitar, and organ, and Hann on drums and percussion. The video release was properly feted at the Culture Room during an opening slot for the legendary Denny Laine (The Moody Blues, Paul McCartney and Wings) March 10.

Camacho will be returning to the U.K. to promote the new single this week. He will first appear on the Tony Moore’s Musical Emporium show which is broadcast on SoHo Radio Saturday, March 19, 7 – 9 a.m. EST, and then perform at the The Bedford Live on Monday, March 21, 3:30 p.m. EST. Both engagements will be streamed live on the web.

For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com.

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ABOUT JIM CAMACHO
Miami native Jim Camacho’s solo career has seen him release five collections of songs, including Stalker Songs, which earned a Gold Remi award in the Music Video category at the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for the song titled “Houdini.” His material garnered “Best Acoustic Performer” (2005) and “Best Album” (2009 for Beachfront Defeat) honors from the Miami New Times. The Broward Palm Beach New Times called Everywhere one of the top albums of 2013. He’s toured with JohnLegend and Linda Perhacs.

Last year, Jim released two singles: “Ophelia” in February and “Please Come Home” in July. In 2016, he will issue a virtual split 7” single with singer / songwriter Rob Elba (Holy Terrors / Shark Valley Sisters); more singles are in the works, as is a return visit to the UK.

Camacho has also become prolific at writing musicals and scoring children’s theater productions. His initial foray into the realm began with Fools’ Paradise, which was directed and choreographed by the acclaimed Jonathan CerulloThe show ran as a full production in Miami and played to sold out workshops in New York. Next, he co-wrote and scored Guru, which premiered in  Miami, scored Mickey Herman Saves the $#&@ World, which premiered at the Adrienne Arsht Center, wrote the book and music for The Cavie Islanders and the Troll and The Guru of Gir.

He has collaborated with Sesame Street and Disney veteran Noel MacNeal on Who Put the Trick in Trick or Treat: Tales of Amazing TrickstersBeasts of the Magical World, and The Carnival of Extraordinary Animals – all of which enjoyed runs during the “Boo at the Zoo” at the Bronx Zoo 2012-2014. In 2015, Camacho premiered Digging for Bones, a musical about a group of time-travelling paleontologists and a friendly T-Rex dinosaur skeleton, and enjoyed a third successful run of a collaboration with MacNeal, Mouse King, which has become a new South Florida holiday tradition, enjoying multiple sell out performances.

Camacho co-founded and led the standout group The Goods, which was active during the 1990s, worked with legendary producer Tom Dowd, won the prestigious “Album of the Year” Florida Jammy award and topped the Billboard Florida Radio & Record charts with their single “I’m Not Average”. Their high-energy live show, outstanding musicianship and relentless touring led them to sign a recording contract with Polygram Records and be featured in a VH1 documentary. The Goods shared the stage with Pearl JamThe SmithereensCracker and Matthew Sweet, among others.

For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com, like the Jim Camacho Music page on Facebook and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @JimCamacho.

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Michael Mut
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Jim Camacho Releases “Please Come Home”

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Jim Camacho Releases “Please Come Home” Single and Video July 28

New song, a lyrical and sonic gem, captures Camacho’s expertise at songwriting and recording

Miami, FL – July 28, 2015 – One of Miami’s premier singer/songwriters Jim Camacho has independently issued a new adult alternative single called “Please Come Home”. An acoustic guitar-driven Americana song co-written by Camacho, Jodi Marr and George Noriega , and co-produced with Fernando Perdomo, the new single reflects a slide towards country music. The production has a timeless feel reminiscent of the Eagles or Bruce Springsteen. The track is now available as a download on iTunes and can be streamed on Spotify.

The song was recorded and co-produced by frequent collaborator and L.A.-based musician / multi-instrumentalist Perdomo at his Reseda Ranch Studios and Capitol Studios during Camacho’s spring 2014 tour of the Northwest and West Coast. Camacho sings lead vocals and plays acoustic and bass guitar. Perdomo handles electric, slide and acoustic guitar and organ, in addition to handling production duties.  Jordan Welch is featured on drums and percussion, John Camacho contributes backing vocals and Sharief Hobley, who’s worked with John Legend and Rufus Wainwright, among others, contributes electric guitar parts. The track was mixed by Charles Dye and mastered by Ryan Smith.

The opening lyric “Some call it madness, some call it love,” sets the tone of this romantic song about forgiveness. “Maybe she’ll leave me, it’s what I deserve, or maybe she’ll keep me for better or worse”    – these lines demonstrate a simplicity embedded with barroom wisdom and a relatable story. Jim’s vocal delivery is convincing and impassioned. The slide guitar mimics the pedal steel guitars heard in country-flavored music; they serve to provide a soft bed for the other sounds to lie in and widen the song’s appeal.

The video, directed by Juan Davila and produced by Annie Fernandez, stars local chanteuse Samantha D’Giff and features cameo appearances by Fritz Dorigo (Crease), Ferny Coipel (Humbert) and Alex Ibanez (Price) as Jim’s band. Shot at the now-defunct venue The Stage Miami and at Copiel’s Shack North Annex studio, the video is brilliantly edited and deftly tells the story of the song. It can be viewed on Jim’s YouTube page.

Coming off a well-received, sold-out debut at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center earlier this month, Camacho’s next move is to perform as part of the Mad Cat Theater Company’s production of RAM by Paul and Linda McCartney Friday, July 31 and Saturday August 1, 2015 at the Miami Theater Company. Tickets are available online here: http://bit.ly/MadCatRAM.

For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com.

ABOUT JIM CAMACHO

Miami native Jim Camacho co-founded and led the standout group The Goods, which was active during the 1990s, worked with legendary producer Tom Dowd, won the prestigious “Album of the Year” Florida Jammy award and topped the Billboard Florida Radio & Record charts with their single “I’m Not Average”. Their high-energy live show, outstanding musicianship and relentless touring led them to sign a recording contract with Polygram Records and be featured in a VH1 documentary. The Goods shared the stage with Pearl JamThe SmithereensCracker and Matthew Sweet, among others.

His solo career has seen him release five collections of songs, including 2005’s Stalker Songs, which earned a Gold Remi award in the Music Video category at the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for the song titled “Houdini.” His material garnered “Best Acoustic Performer” (2005) and “Best Album” (2009 for Beachfront Defeat) honors from the Miami New Times. The Broward Palm Beach New Times called Everywhere one of the top albums of 2013.

In addition, Camacho’s music was featured in the Grammy-nominated Tom Dowd & the Language of Music documentary, in National Lampoon’s movie Pledge This, and the documentary Fatboy, which was nominated for “Best Use of Music in a Documentary” accolades at the Sundance Film Festival. His song “I Don’t Need You Anymore” (also from Beachfront Defeat) was featured prominently in the soundtrack for the hit ABC family show Pretty Little Liars. Jim has played at Radio City Music Hall, the Kodak Theater and Mirage Hotel, toured with Alicia Keys and John Legend as guitarist and musical director for the solo artist Zascha Moktan.

As a solo artist, he toured the west coast with folk legend Linda Perhacs and played a string of dates in the U.K. in 2014; Jim also laid down tracks at Capitol Records’ vaunted L.A. recording studio for a series of singles. In 2015, Camacho enjoyed a sell-out homecoming show at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.

Camacho has also become prolific at writing musicals and scoring children’s theater productions. His initial foray into the realm began with Fools’ Paradise, which was directed and choreographed by the acclaimed Jonathan Cerullo. The show ran as a full production in Miami and played to sold out workshops in New York. Next, he co-wrote and scored Guru, which premiered in  Miami, scored Mickey Herman Saves the $#&@ World, which premiered at the Adrienne Arsht Center, wrote the book and music for The Cavie Islanders and the Troll and The Guru of Gir.

He has collaborated with Sesame Street veteran Noel MacNeal on Who Put the Trick in Trick or Treat: Tales of Amazing TrickstersBeasts of the Magical World, and The Carnival of Extraordinary Animals – all of which enjoyed runs during the “Boo at the Zoo” at the Bronx Zoo 2012-2014. Another collaboration with MacNeal, Mouse King, has become a new South Florida holiday tradition and will run for a third consecutive year this December. This year, Camacho premiered Digging for Bones, a musical about a group of time-travelling paleontologists and a friendly T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.

For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com, like the Jim Camacho Music page on Facebook and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @JimCamacho.

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