Os Gringos, up-and-coming psychedelic blues rock quintet comprised by four ex-pat Americans and one native-born Brazilian, have announced their upcoming US tour, Os Gringos: Back Home for the First Time. Hot off of the successful release of their second album, The Animal Kingdom, named No. 3 Album of 2017 and indicated as one of 3 Bands you Should know in 2017 by US-based publication Blues Rock Review, the group will embark on its first US tour after four years in Brazil. Guitarist Jimmy Huntington says, “We’re excited to show what can happen when you take American culture outside of the country and meditate on it. This is a homecoming, after four years of distillation of musical and artistic influences between four Americans and one Brazilian, living together outside of the country but always thinking about home.”
With shows stretching from Iowa to New York City, Os Gringos will be taking crowds on a retro rock’n’roll ride, with their blues-infused classic rock sound and intense, captivating live performance. Highlights include opening for Robby Krieger, guitarist from The Doors, at the Indiana State Fair, and rocking a number of hot spot bars throughout the Midwest and two dates in New York City.
August 21st – Shrine – New York City, NY
August 22nd – Silvana – New York City, NY
August 23rd – Jilly’s Music Room – Akron, OH
August 24th – Lamasco – Evansville, IN – Opening for Gentleman and Scholars
August 25th – VLK K-9 Olympics – Peru, IN
Originating in Brazil, Os Gringos formed in 2014 when the band members curiously crossed paths in Itajubá, southern Minas Gerais,where the four ex-pats were teaching English. It has been no small feat to bring the band to the US for this first tour. “It might seem like no big thing… four Americans and a Brazilian playing in the US,” says guitarist Daniel Friend. “However, for us, this a very international experience, to take this band we’ve been constructing in Brazil back home. We started from the ground up, grinding and growing slowly in a country (Brazil) that is not a big rock market, and now our fans back home will finally be able to see us.,” stated guitarist Daniel Friend.
Os Gringos aims to partner with regional and national acts and seeks to further their musical career by making contacts within the music industry. With shows to open for Gentlemen and Scholars (Lamasco, Evansville) and Robby Krieger from The Doors (Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis), and shows stretching from the Midwest to New York City, the overarching goal is unification, networking and exposure. According to bassist Justin Hansen, “This trip is symbolic in that we unite US and Brazilian culture. We’re a vehicle between the two. Our job is to liberate people from all walks of life, whether we live in the same city or different countries, we’re bringing people together. After all, our band’s slogan is ‘Everybody is a Gringo, somewhere else. ‘”