Concert Series: Kinky

Hailing from Monterrey, Mexico, Kinky’s funky beat thumped the stage and brought most of the crowd to its feet. A mix of rock and electronic music, Kinky brings together a new, yet deep-rooted sound to American and Latin American audiences. The electro beats jumped along the hip hop rhythm, reminiscent of the Gorillaz. Meanwhile, lead singer Gilberto Cerezo, pulled the audience with the same energy the Red Hot Chili Peppers commanded on stage.

A wide screen centered on the stage, the neon lights pierced through the night sky as the dance beats hit hard. Kinky contradicts the idea of a Mexican band. They contradict what Mexican rock means. Some may call them “alternative,” but their power lies in their transformation of the mainstream and traditional. They use catchy hooks, but they don’t merely rely on computer sampled beats. With an electronic accordion, Kinky blasts some of its most incessant staccato beats. Traditionally an instrument of regional Mexican music, Kinky manages to bring something new with this unusual form in the rock-electro scene.

Kinky played the second weekend at the Levitt Pavilion for the summer concert series on June 24, 2017.

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