Leche de Tigre love to play theaters where the crowd has space to dance and this Hawaiian Latin Gypsy funk band definitely know how to get people on their feet. The 8-piece group originated in 2009 in Kona, Hawaii. Blending Caribbean rhythms with Eastern European, tango and rock influences, with a dash of bossa nova, Leche de Tigre created a unique style that has attracted a strong following over the years.
Their favorite show they’ve ever played took place in September at Aloha Theatre. They said, “The place was full, the sound was good, and the vibe was fantastic. [There was] a great crowd up and dancing.” This New Year’s Eve, the band returned to the Aloha Theater and judging from this video, this show was no different.
The poster for this event was entered in our DIY Gig Poster Contest here at Brown Paper Tickets in early December. It garnered enough votes to be a chosen as a runner up in the contest. About the poster, the band said, “2012 is the year of the dragon, so the ring-master tiger is bringing the new year in through a flaming hoop. The dragon has the Pearl of Wisdom in its mouth—ready to give it up to the tiger!”
The poster was designed by Jing Jing Tsong, Leche de Tigre’s cellist, who illustrates and designs all of the band’s posters. The band said, “We are always blown away by the illustrations she comes up with.”
Asked if they had any advice for other bands who are just starting out, they stated, “Play, play, play every gig you can. Practice in between. Focus on the fun and freshness of it all.”
Next time you’re in Hawaii, be sure to check out the fun and excitement Leche de Tigre provide at their live shows. We’ll leave you with one more video as Leche De Tigre ring in 2012 island-style.