This week's Artist Of The Week is a group who kicks off their Caribe Summer 2016 tour today in Baltimore, MD. Locos Por Juana (LPJ) is one of the more popular bands out there in the South Florida Music Scene. The three core members of the group consists of Itawe Correa (vocalist), Mark Kondrat (guitarist) and Javier Delgado (drummer) but additional musicians will be added based upon the type of gig they're doing. The band plays a fusion of Caribbean, Hip-Hop, Rock, Reggae and Funk to appreciative crowds where ever they perform. Their brand new (and sixth) album, Caribe, will be premiering very soon.
I've had the privilege of photographing LPJ five times during my short tenure here in Miami. All three gentlemen are very nice, personable and overall, high quality musicians who are passionate about their music. Just to give a quick compare and contrast between them and Suenalo. Comparison: 1. Both groups are high-energy bands that get crowds dancing and have a great time. 2. Both utilize a horn section to its maximum potential. Their respective songs are far meatier, fuller and stronger and it's an integral part of the music. Contrast: LPJ has a sexier groove to their music, in contrast to Suenalo's fun-loving, party atmosphere. The "sexier groove" motif is very prevalent whenever you go to a Locos Por Juana performance, just look at the way the people dance, specifically the women in attendance.
Over the last few months, LPJ has hosted the La Fiesta Loca event at The Wynwood Yard, located in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami. As soon as the band starts playing a song like "La Noche" (The Night) for example, you immediately see women grinding and swaying their hips to the music in a very erotic, yet they're enjoying themselves, way. Believe me, as any red-blooded male, seeing a woman dance that way is extremely captivating, visually of course. But the point I'm imploring is that their music evokes such a hip-grinding, sexual groove that it puts a smile on everyone's face. The crowd is having an amazing time and Locos Por Juana connects with its fans in such a primal and emotional form.
Locos Por Juana has had a great number of accomplishments since it was formed in 2000. LPJ has already been nominated for both a Grammy and Latin Grammy so far in its history. The unit has received numerous accolades from newspapers and magazines across the United States like the Los Angeles Times, Billboard Magazine, Miami Herald and Miami New Times just to name a few. The evolution of Locos Por Juana is an on-going process as their demand grows across the country and beyond. In their summer tour, they'll be starting today in Baltimore, then performing at three other cities in the East Coast, especially Miami on July 16. After that, they'll have three dates in Texas, one in Illinois, two dates in Northern California and one week in the country of Colombia. It's safe to say that Locos Por Juana will have a busy month of July.
I've enjoyed photographing the group and look forward to working with them more as time goes on. They are a fun band to photograph and to listen to. You can see their photo gallery by clicking here and you can also connect with the group via social media on the page as well. Enjoy!