One of the most enjoyable aspects that comes with Local Playlist, is that moment when you get to experience something so rad and new to you with out any prior expectations. In my particular case, I put myself in the middle of that type of situation all the time because I’m a live music junkie. And good reason. Last weekend was full of those moments to discover a new sound at the Jam for Jam music festival. Because of the intimate setting of the show, I was able to meet Antioquia after being blown away from their set. Fortunately, I learned they had a show coming up on Saturday opening for De La Buena at Club Garibaldi in Bay View. A week later, and a few more shows deep, they are back in Milwaukee. I say back because two members from an-tee-OH-kee-ah are originally from Milwaukee. I sat down with Craig Miller and Rachel Antony-Levine on Friday to learn a little bit more about their journey.
Craig Miller, drums and vocals, is originally from Milwaukee but has been living in other parts of the world such as Quito, Ecuador. There, he met fellow musical partner Adley Penner. The two of them started a journey though Ecuador to Columbia and picked up on some traditional drumming styles of the culture. Influenced by their music, they eventually ended up in San Francisco to form what we know now as Antioquia. Also in the group, Paul Martin, Rachel Antony-Levine and Tomas Salcedo. Rachel and Tomas are the newest additions to Antioquia after ironically merging their lives together with a ceremonial commencement as well as with the band. Since, they have been touring all around the nation promoting their latest album. Viajero, released in May 2012, is well produced, unique and full of passion. Mixing rhythmic sounds with amplified baritone saxophone, bass, electric guitar, and violent female vocals, this has to be my newest favorite album to cross paths with. Viajero, has another featured Milwaukee musician. Jesse Sheehan, from Milwaukee, recorded their album as well as plays saxophone on it. Some might remember Jesse from De La Buena some time ago.They are a unique sound encompassing traditional rhythms from Columbia and influences such as Primus, Phish and Talking Heads. Show some Milwaukee love and check out the show tonight, it starts at 9:00pm.
For a quick taste, watch their newest video