For the young and old, Grupo Fuego will leave you hot and wanting to move your hips. Their name is “Grupo Fuego,” and so is the concept behind their style. “We are a music collaboration, we make bachata, merengue, reggaeton, romantic ballads and more to please our young and old people,” says director Julio Rodriguez, who plays piano in the orchestra. “We are 13 musicians, a real orchestra but depending on the concert or club space, we have to adapt ourselves to the client budget.” This group has a little of everything, three singers, a keyboardist, several drummers; congas, drums, guiro, pipes, and trumpets.
Grupo Fuego has several members that were already a part of other bands in Cleveland, Ohio. Julio Rodriguez comments, “We had our origin back in 1999 to express our Caribbean energy and for people to dance and enjoy music and this energy so hot, we call it ‘fuego [fire]’.” All the members are Puerto Ricans but have an open mind to share their fire with every race. Julio says, “We play cumbias too!”.
The vision for Grupo Fuego is now clear—to continue producing hits and encouraging their people in the Midwest US to reach their dreams of being musicians too. Rodriguez says that “the idea should be to try to let everyone know at the national level that there is also much talent here in the Midwest.” Grupo Fuego’s songs can be heard on local Chicago radio. Also EsnTion Latino Records (www.esntion.com) is promoting them and very soon they will visit Chicago. To find out more, visit their website www.GrupoFuego.com or email them at email@example.com.
Caribbean Beats on Fire