Los Angeles, CA’s own Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have made quite the name for itself since the release of its debut record, Oh Lucky Day! (2011). Since the release of that album, the band has received numerous accolades from the likes of USA Today, People Magazine, and the NAPPA Awards just to name a few. The band has lived up to those accolades since that record’s release. Now Lucky and company are set to release another record that is certain to make for even more accolades, even for those that don’t speak Spanish.
Fantastico! is an enjoyable record both for kids and adults, and even for those that don’t speak Spanish. It is the first all-Spanish record from Diaz and company. For those that have yet to experience the music of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, this record is anything but what one might expect from a Hispanic language record. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Right from the disc’s first track, ‘La Vibora’ audiences are introduced to a record that will impress not just kids, but parents, too with its up-tempo, poppy vibes. Whether listeners speak Spanish or not, every audience will enjoy the infectious mix of pop, blues, Dixieland, zydeco, and Hispanic sounds that make up this record. It’s simply that after having listened to the opening–and the disc’s remaining seven tracks–listeners will find the entire work so enjoyable that they will end up looking up the lyrics so that they can translate them and sing along.
The urge to want to look up the album’s lyrics is actually a double whammy for Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band on this first Spanish language album from the group. On the surface, it will definitely lead non-Spanish speaking audiences to try to translate the lyrics. Those audiences with young children can use it as a solid starting point in learning a foreign language. Given, younger audiences won’t pick but so much. But perhaps that interest generated in a foreign language through this record could help those same young audiences to become interested in learning to speak foreign languages. So in essence, this record is impressive both for its infectious grooves and for its ability to serve as an educational tool for listeners of all ages.
The group recently finished off a successful performance at the annual Kindie Fest. And it has many more dates to come. Fans of this standout act can get a full list of tour dates on its official website, http://luckydiazmusic.com/ Fans can also go here to get all the latest news from the band, as well as the official Lucky Diaz Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lucky-Diaz-and-the-Family-Jam-Band/182600891967. The Fantastico! will be available in stores and online Friday, May 3rd. It can be downloaded on iTunes via the group’s official website and Facebook page at https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lucky-diaz-family-jam-band/id405894235. And before the album drops this Friday, parents and kids will have the chance to win an mp3 of the album’s lead single, ‘La Vibora’ when they “Like” the Phil’s Picks Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/philspicks. Three lucky winners will be named this Friday for an mp3 of the song to enjoy this Sunday on Cinco de Mayo.
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