How did a group of punk kids from the barrio pull all this off? They set high goals and played tons of small shows, says Angel "Honeydripper" Salgado, the bubbly frontman and rhythm guitarist.
Their style follows Los Lobos, Cannibal and The Headhunters, Thee Midniters, well-known Mexican American bands that have come out of the area. They too have not pigeonholed themselves as a Latino band, but have covered Rocksteady'd funk classics like "Express Yourself" and "I'll Take You There" that appeal to people of all cultures.
Their eight current members are between the ages of 20 and 25, except for their new horns player, Eitan Avineri, 38, who plays trumpet and is a producer for the band Western Standard Time. The founding members are Joseph Quiñones, Salgado, and Anthony Medina. They've also added a new 25-year-old female vocalist to hit their falsettos, Scarlett Brais.