Skip to Content
Hollywood

Los Super Elegantes ~ LIVE at Safari Sam’s ~ Hollywood

Los Super Elegantes

Photos by Daniel Sebastian Villela

Los Super Elegantes have always straddled the line between artifice and art and farce - a bit like their adopted hometown of LA. A six-person band that's thought of as a duo; a multiculti, sonic collage that's highly original and strikingly in debt to its inspirations; an infamous outfit who's not famous; an art project that's also a band. Los Super Elegantes are-like our city-fractured, delirious, and beautiful.

Los Super Elegantes

These qualities were all on display last Saturday night at Safari Sam's, with the band playing a showcase for the labels that doubled as their return to public performance, this being their first show in LA in almost a year. They followed a set by the Overnight Lows. While I'm not sure what the suits thought, the crowd's reaction to the concert was a bilingual beso-fest....

Los Super Elegantes

Kicking off with the song they composed for the Whitney Biennial, the 10-minute bolero-turned-baile funk that is "Where Is The Whiskey," the band stormed through what was essentially a greatest hits set, playing highlights from their debut CD and the songs from their new album that have leaked to the blogosphere. One new track which hasn't been heard (at least in mp3 form) was "Chica Gotica," a cheeky groover with a dynamite chorus and a trumpet solo on loan from Wham.

When Los Super Elegantes appeared in town, many felt they'd lead a new wave of LA bands to mainstream success, the kind that had graced Beck but had eluded so many other Silver Lake stalwarts like Extra Fancy, Glue, and the Geraldine Fibbers. Now, seemingly out of nowhere, the band seems ready to explode, maybe a bit later than we all thought, but perhaps the better for it. Discovered last century, perfected in this one. Just like LA.

Los Super Elegantes
Los Super Elegantes
Los Super Elegantes
Los Super Elegantes
Los Super Elegantes
Los Super Elegantes
Los Super Elegantes
Overnight Lows
Overnight Lows

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

The Five Best Tacos in South Gate

From a spot that uses a unique Michoacán-style "salsa agridulce" to a fish taquería where the batter stays crispy, next time you're in SELA, now you know! Southeast Los Angeles, presente!

June 13, 2024

Black Music Month: Five California-Based Baddies Taking Over The Music Industry

From Sacramento to Slauson Hills and Pasadena, these emerging California-raised artists are representing the state's current hip-hop and R&B scenes.

Open Thread: What Is L.A.’s Most Overrated Dish?

Dry donuts you drove an hour for? "Texas-style" tacos you just don't seem to get? That mean Michelin-recognized chef's new place?

Here’s Everything You’ll Eat at The Clippers’ New Intuit Dome

Sushi-dogs, three meat pizza, and churros that put all other stadium concessions to shame.

Building Generational Wealth Through Estate Planning: How to Apply for L.A. County’s ‘Leaving a Legacy’ Program

Only one-third of Americans have a will, with even lower figures in Black (23%) and Latino (18%) communities. The full impact of this problem is often only felt after a loved one passes away or when an adult with a disability or an older adult doesn’t have a Power of Attorney in place. 

June 11, 2024
See all posts