On Tuesday, April 3rd, our Austin team gathered at our new neighborhood spot, Opal Divine’s Austin Grill, to launch the second season of our monthly concert series! Presented by Mood Media and Austin Music Foundation, Mood Live is an intimate showcase that enables us to support local talent and give greater exposure to the Austin music community. Participating artists are given the opportunity to perform for an audience that includes Mood’s Licensing and Music Design teams, who are then inspired to license and program their music for our local, national, and international brand playlists.
Our first performance was from Superfónicos, an eight-piece band that was both the largest and liveliest we’ve featured to date. It was an extra special way to kickoff our second season, because the band just happens to include two Mood team members, Erick Bohorquez (Music Designer) on guitar and Nick Tozzo (Recurring Billing Specialist) on percussion!
The band draws from a variety of genres, including Colombian funk and Caribe soul, and their unique fusion of influences had our employees up on their feet, clapping and dancing along. Superfónicos formed back in 2014 when Erick Bohorquez and Nico Sanchez (bassist) realized their shared desire to create a band with a foundation in Afro-Colombian rhythms. The band’s lineup and sound started to evolve from there, but it wasn’t until a successful collaboration with the Grammy-winning Austin producer Adrian Quesada that Superfónicos fully developed their signature sound. Since then, they’ve traveled all over Texas and are gaining local and national attention for their energetic live shows. They were even nominated at this year’s Austin Music Awards (which Mood sponsored) in the Best Performing Bands: Latin category! See what the buzz is about by watching their performance of “Suelta” from Mood Live:
As an added bonus, you can also watch the band’s performance of “El Miedo” HERE, which was recorded in the office of Mood’s CEO, Steve Richards, for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest! Though Superfónicos has released several singles in the past year, they are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut release. Watch our interview with founder/guitarist Erick Bohorquez and vocalist/gaitero Jaime Ospina to see what else is next for the band.
Thanks to our employees who enthusiastically came out to to cheer on their talented co-workers and check out one of Austin Music Foundation’s future Artists of the Month. Shout out to our friends at LoudMouth Rentals for their continued support and to our newest sponsors, YETI and Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions. Thanks to their contributions, a few lucky attendees were surprised with prize packs featuring YETI products and a signed collectible poster (designed by our own Brad Bond)!
Click HERE for photos and videos from our first season of Mood Live. Details on our next performance are coming soon!
– Submitted by Jessica Reed and Brad Bond, Marketing