Los Pinguos combine Latin rhythms, performed with Spanish guitars, bass and harmonizing vocals. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, these four guys have been called the “Latin Beatles” by the Los Angeles Times. Join us for a fun, upbeat evening of Latin rhythms, reggae, rumba flamenca and rock! Grab your dancing shoes, these guys will have you on your feet all night long!
The men of Los Pinguos could be described as a mixture of Manu Chao’s energy & electrical live performance, with the skill and rhythm of the Gipsy Kings. Hearing this group’s music is a little bit like traveling through South America and maybe even the world.
Los Pinguos came to Los Angeles from Buenos Aries in early 2001. After playing on the streets, they decided to participate in a new television show, “The Next Big Star,” hosted and produced by Ed McMahon from “Star Search.” Los Pinguos won the contest and received the Grand Prize. They have appeared on three of the famous Putumayo World Music compilation albums, Baila!, Radio Latino and World Party. They have performed worldwide in places such as India, Bali, The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the United States. Los Pinguos’ music has appeared on TV shows like The Shield and The L Word, in movies such as Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson’s Imagining Argentina, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and two of their songs were included in Katherine Heigl’s movie The Ugly Truth. They also performed at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival with Suzanne Vega and participated in the award-winning documentary on street musicians Playing for Change. They’ve played with such acts as Plácido Domingo, Paul Anka, Taj Mahal, The Skatalites, The Neville Brothers, Pablo Montero, Ozomatli, Cigala and Charly García.