by Robert Bell
10 p.m. Juanita's. $10 adv., $12 day of.
Grupo Fantasma has spent the last decade-plus cementing its reputation as one of the finest musical exports from Austin, Texas — no small feat considering that city's whole "Live Music Capital of the World" thing.
But the 10-piece Latin-funk outfit is, by all accounts, a ridiculously tight groove machine that will absolutely flatten you with its smoking live show. They're not too shabby on record, either. The band's most recent album, 2010's "El Existential," offers a baker's dozen of multilayered, retro-sounding (but adventurously forward-thinking) jams that eschew genre. Sure, the influences aren't hard to discern — cumbia, reggae, salsa, '70s Afrobeat, rock. But it's the way they're all melded into a seamless, funky whole that's remarkable.
This will be a good time.