Jenny & The Mexicats Took Over Aloft South Beach’s Stage To Support Its Up-and-Coming Talent Program
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MIAMI, FL – May 19, 2016 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Jenny and the Mexicats came back to Miami to perform last Thursday at Aloft South Beach, as part of the hotel’s signature ongoing music series Live At Aloft which puts a spotlight on up-an-coming artists and bands from all over the world.
During its visit, they talked about how important is to keep supporting programs as Aloft Star that provide emerging musicians and bands the resources and the stage to expose their talent to music fans from all over the world. ¨As an artist there is no better support you can receive than the opportunity to perform and to offer your music to people, even more if you are starting in the business. So, we feel very honored for being invited to perform in Miami and help spreading the news about this great initiative¨, commented Jenny and Alfonso Acosta “Pantera.”
Jenny and the Mexicats live performance delighted over 200 music-loving locals and guests who, with no cover charge, enjoyed band´s greatest hits, including Verde más allá, Me voy a ir, Flor, Tiene espinas el rosal, Me and my man, among many other.
Since Aloft’s inception in 2008, the brand has had a knack for discovering and boosting emerging musical talent, offering them hotel accommodations and stages to have the opportunity to perform in front of music fans from all over the 16 countries where they have presence. Bruno Mars, The Lumineers, Ed Sheeran and the Mexican band Hot Dog, are just some of the names that performed intimate sets as part of Aloft’s Live At Aloft Hotels series. As a further commitment to rising musicians, Aloft’s annual Project Aloft Star global talent competition is aimed at discovering the world’s hottest music acts. The 7th annual competition is scheduled to launch early this summer.
About Jenny And The Mexicats
When English trumpet player and singer Jenny Ball ended up at a flamenco club in Spain about 10 years ago, she never imagined that a chance encounter with two Mexican musicians who worked there would set her on an unpredictable but fruitful musical journey. Ball, who was 18 and living in London at the time, was touring in Spain as part of an orchestra when she met bass guitar player Luis Díaz “Icho” and flamenco guitarist Alfonso Acosta “Pantera.” All of them began dreaming about making music together.
In 2008, she packed her bags, moved to Spain and launched a band without speaking any Spanish. Today, Jenny and the Mexicats are rising Latin alternative artists who have turned heads in Europe and Mexico for their bilingual genre-blending grooves that mesh everything from flamenco to rockabilly for a sound as unique as their unlikely union.
Adding some flamenco flair to the musical mix is Spanish cajón player David González Bernardos, who the band recruited instead of a drummer. González Bernardos also inspired the “cat” part of the band’s name since people from Madrid are nicknamed “gatos.” Bringing González Bernardos onboard meant that, at first, Díaz and Acosta often translated between him and Ball since González Bernardos doesn’t speak English. But over time, Ball learned to speak, sing and write songs in Spanish.
In 2012, they launched a self-titled debut album, which went gold with the popular song “Verde más allá.” They released their sophomore album “Ome” in 2014, which featured several collaborations with artists including Mexican tropical orchestra, La Sonora Santanera.