Pronounced: (n) -/. santa – loo – see – ya
About Santa Lucia LFR
Like a multi-ethnic gathering of friends, this seven-member band has created a sound that evokes the early days of Latin Rock (Santana, War, etc.), while adding their own blend of Funk grooves. Lead by Nicaraguan front man German Cantillo, the band performs an addictive combination of Nuyorican Boogaloo, West Coast Funk and ever- present Cuban grooves engulf the stage with monstrous horns and bass, and funky breaks with furious lyrics in English and Spanish.
Relocating to Vancouver via Winnipeg, Santa Lucia LFR recorded their first album Descargas in 2001 with producer Darryl Nuedorf (Sarah McLachlan, Neko Case), officially making the band the first Rock en Español album produced in Western Canada.
In 2006, Santa Lucia released their second full-length album, “The Streets / Las Calles” with legendary producer Larry Anschell (Nickelback, Pearl Jam) from Turtle Recording Studios in White Rock, BC. Santa Lucia successfully supported “The Streets / Las Calles” with countless West Coast dates and major open-air festivals including: Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, as well as many out of town festivals such as The Ness Creek Music Festival in Saskatchewan, Folk on the Rocks Festival in Yellowknife, Victoria Jazz Festival, and Edge of the World.
Because of the great appeal and versatility of their music, Santa Lucia are welcomed in nearly every kind of festival including: Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival, Victoria Ska Fest, Vancouver Dragon Boast Fest to Taste of Fernie, and the Okanagan Winery series at Tinhorn Creek. They have also performed corporate shows for the Diabetes Society of Victoria, CBC French Alliance Society, and Fundraisers for Canadian Veterans at Billy Bishop Legion. Santa Lucia have played at contrasting venues from the Jazz Cellar Club in Vancouver to rock clubs in Western Canada and the US, opening for many US and international touring acts such as: Ozomatli, Yerba Buena, Los Mococos, The Skatalites, Maxi Priest, The Cat Empire, Los Lobos, Polyrythmics and Israel’s Hadag Nahash at the annual Jewish Chutzpa! Festival.
CBC Radio Canada gave the single “Lupita” heavy rotation and the band performed a show at CBC studios, hosted by one of Canada’s best-known news personalities, Gloria Makarenko, and “On the Coast” radio host Prya Ramu, broadcasting live across Canada.
In 2010, Santa Lucia released their third full-length album “Suppressed Anthems,” a blend of horn-driven music anthems with a social conscience, unique Latin sensibilities with plenty of rock, a shot of salsa, a shed-load of funk, and some high-speed Nicaraguan cumbia…Latin revolutionary sloganeering, global politics and clenched fist leftist anthems all bounce over the band’s highly danceable grooves, spreading its unique brand of rock all over the West Coast.