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The Spam Allstars – Photo of the Week!

The Spam Allstars – Photo of the Week!

The Spam Allstars. Forming in the late 1990s by Andrew Yeomanson a/k/a “DJ Le Spam.” The Spam Allstars is a group that blends musical styles ranging from hip-hop, Latin, funk, and electronica. For them, it’s electronic descarga! Furthermore, their eclectic styling brings together music fans of all backgrounds to their shows.

This picture is one of the many performances they’ve done in South Florida. Circa 2015. Even more, the band has performed more than 2000 shows since 1995. They have played in numerous traditional music venues as well as wonderful festivals in North America, South America, and Europe.

PBS documentary Miami Boheme – Fijate

The Spam Allstars Fijate Live Performance at The Stage in Miami, FL. Filmed for and featured in the Emmy Award Winning PBS documentary Miami Boheme, Directed by Joe Cardona and Ralf Gonzalez. As you can see, there are all kinds of musical avenues that this band likes to take when it comes to their music. They are one of the many musical gems you can find playing live.

The Spam Allstars – Musicians

Meanwhile, the driving force behind the music is the band’s founder and leader, Andrew Yeomanson a/k/a DJ Le Spam. Born in Montreal, and raised in Toronto, Bogota, London, and Tampa…Andrew has always had a passion for music, history, and tinkering. Furthermore, his early love is heavy metal, and with a British father and a Venezuelan mother, he is raised with a variety of cultural exposure which peaks his interest musically. He begins playing guitar and collecting vinyl, and his musical tastes grew in different directions. 

And the rest of the current line up also includes Tomas Diaz on percussion (Cuba), AJ Hill on sax (Miami, FL), Chad Bernstein on trombone (Chicago, IL), Jose Elias on guitar (Dominican Republic), and Magela Herrara on flute (Cuba). These musicians have contributed significantly to the band’s sound and attitude.

They each have played in multiple projects over their careers, and continue to pursue their individual passions, but week in and week out they are Spam Allstars. Other musicians that perform/record with the band (now or in the past) includes Aaron Lebos on guitar (Miami, FL), Ted Zimmerman on trumpet (Houston, TX), Papacho Savon on congas (Havana, Cuba), Mercedes Abal on flute (Havana, Cuba), Steve Welsh on sax (NY,NY), John Speck on trombone (Seattle, WA), and Adam Zimmon on guitar (LA, CA).

Albums by The Spam Allstars

Spam Allstars have six albums under their belt that they released independently. The first two releases are special editions and fairly experimental “Pork Scratchings” and “Pigs in Space”. Next, Their third CD – Fuacata Live – gets nomination for a Latin Grammy. Which came as a huge surprise as it is a live from a show at Hoy Como Ayer during their weekly residency. The magic was captured, the playing was unique, and people wanted more.

Their fourth CD – Contra Los Robotics Mutantes – was their first studio recording and done so at City of Progress, DJ Le Spams recording studio. Their fifth CD – electrodomesticos – was also a studio recording and included special guests Pee Wee Ellis (JB Horns, James Brown), Page McConnell (Phish, Vida Blue), John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood, Mad Skillet), and Martin Perna (AntiBalas, Ocete Soul), and more. Trans-Oceanic, their sixth album, releases in March of 2017.  For more info on these guys, check out their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spamallstars/

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Photo Credits: Michelle Stolzenburg

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