Fast, furious and funky

The 21st annual Roots and Blues Festival features a sizzling slate of performers, including Santa Lucia LFR.

Multi-ethnic Santa Lucia will rev up the Boogie Barn with a hot Latin groove.

Multi-ethnic Santa Lucia will rev up the Boogie Barn with a hot Latin groove.

The hotly anticipated Roots and Blues Festival is a mere 16 sleeps out.

Festival-goers will get a taste of a world of music on five stages.

Fans always get their dancing fever fix at the Boogie Barn Stage, and this year is designed to deliver more of the same.

Like a multi-ethnic gathering of friends, the seven members of Santa Lucia LFR (LFR = Latin funk rock) have created a sound that evokes the early days of Latin funk, while adding their own blend of rock and funk grooves.

This addictive combination of Nuyorican Boogaloo, West Coast funk and the ever-present Cuban grooves engulfs the stage with monstrous horns and bass, funky breaks, polyrhythmic beats and furious lyrics in English and Spanish.

In 2001, Santa Lucia LFR recorded their first album, officially making the band the first Rock en Español album produced in Western Canada. 2005 brought a Western Canada Music Awards nomination as a side project for Best Children’s Recording, for the song The Hero Inside (2004) penned for the TV cartoon series Cackleberries.

Latin revolutionary sloganeering, environmental concerns, global politics and clenched-fist leftist anthems all bounce over the band’s leftist grooves.

This year at Roots & Blues catch Santa Lucia on Sunday at 11 a.m. for a funk and Latin-inspired workshop at the Boogie Barn (with The Bright Light Social Hour), followed by a 7:30 p.m. Barn Stage Performance.

To see this year’s Roots and Blues lineup and get ticket information, visit or call 250-833-4096..


Salmon Arm Observer