Os Mutantes Performs Tuesday Night at The Mohawk
I, your humble Austin Music Minute maven, am eternally grateful for KUT shows like Horizontes. Show host Michael Crockett graciously instructed me on the correct pronunciation of today’s featured artist, Brazilian band Os Mutantes…which I did not pronounce the way it should be pronounced (which is more like Ooos Mutahnchees). But there’s one thing I do get: This incredible group has taken psychedelic rock to places you’d never even imagine it could go.
The band was formed in 1966 in Sao Paulo by brothers Arnaldo Baptista and Sergio Dias Baptista, and vocalist Rita Lee. While they were fans of English-speaking music artists like Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, they also felt a close connection to the traditional styles they grew up with, like bossa nova, tropicalia and samba. They combined all of these elements to make their own sound, one that is often sited as a major inspiration by many well-known bands and songwriters from around the world.
After an extended hiatus from the late ‘70s to the early 2000’s, and quite a few line-up changes, Os Mutantes reunited in 2006 and began touring and recording new material. To this day, they continue to attract new fans worldwide.
There’s an opportunity coming up for you to see Os Mutantes – they’ll be in Austin for a show Tuesday night at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the outdoor stage. There’ll be DJ sets by Adrian Quesada (Ocote Soul Sounds) and a performance featuring brothers James and Andy Ralph‘s musical project, Writer. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. And do not miss the aftershow on the indoor stage with one of my favorite local bands, Rayon Beach, and psych outfit Holy Wave. Doors for the aftershow open at 9 p.m. Tuesday night is looking pretty good.