Colombian Sensation Aterciopelados Launches West Coast Tour

Colombian music icons Aterciopelados will continue their trek across North America next week, playing intimate shows in Southern California, Mexico,  and various festivals including the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, Bumbershoot Festival  in Seattle, and the Edmonton Folk Festival and Regina Folk Festival in Canada. Earlier this year, the band blew away massive festival crowds at stops like Coachella, Bonnaroo and the Ottawa Folk Festival.

Aterciopelados continue to build upon the buzz for their critically-acclaimed release ‘Rio.’ In 2009, the album was nominated for a GRAMMY in the “Best Latin Alternative, Rock Or Urban” Category. The group packed venues across the United States. in their album release tour, completed their first tour of Mexico in several years and performed in Australia for the first time in their career.

Watch the video Tréboles from Rio.



Last fall, Aterciopelados were also invited to perform at a special “Tribute to Peacekeeping” concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York City. They joined legendary artists like Harry Belafonte, Roberta Flack and Angelique Kidjo to celebrate the anniversary of the 1945 charter of the United Nations.

As part of their United Nations set, Aterciopelados played their human rights anthem “The Price of Silence,” an Amnesty International benefit track which was re-worked from the Aterciopelados hit “Canción Protesta.” “The Price of Silence” was released by Nacional Records to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The song’s music video was virtually simulated in the U.N. Assembly Hall and features Aterciopelados with artists like Julieta Venegas, Stephen Marley and Natalie Merchant.

Tour Dates

8/7 – Regina Folk Festival – Regina, SK

8/8 – Edmonton Folk Festival – Edmonton, AB

8/11 – Tia Juana Tilly’s – Tijuana, MX

8/12 – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA

8/13 – Troubadour – Hollywood, CA

8/14 – SoHo – Santa Barbara, CA

8/15 – Outside Lands Festival – San Francisco, CA

9/5 – Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA

Buy recordings by Aterciopelados: Rio, Oye, Gozo Poderoso, Evolucion, Dorado, Pipa De La Paz, Caribe Atómico

Author: World Music Central News Department

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