The Fontanas

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Last Show: Thursday 15 th February 2024

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Rooted in soul and soaked in funky Latin & Brazilian influences, The Fontanas have found the sweet spot between tight funk grooves and swinging Latin rhythms. Taking influence from the likes of The Dap Kings and Banda Black Rio, the night marks the return of the band to the Soho venue, so expect a well oiled machine ready to hit the heights and have you up and dancing. Featuring the inimitable Kay Elizabeth on vocals and harnessed by producer Sam Sutton.

Featuring the inimitable Kay Elizabeth on vocals and harnessed by producer Sam Fontanas, the band come together to produce a sound which packs in Brazilian percussion with a killer brass section via a crack squad of friends and musicians who play alongside the likes of Incognito, Mr Scruff and Alice Russell.

2020 saw the EP release which included their scorching modern day version of Brazilian classic ‘Capoeira Mata Um’ that received airplay from Cerys Matthews on BBC6 Music amongst others.

Opening single ‘Love Be The Weapon’ welcomes producer Jon Moon (Amy Winehouse) into the Fontanas familia to deliver a super charged traditional funk anthem, with a Daptone studio feel and at home amongst the best heavyweight modern funk pioneers. Craig Charles was ‘loving it!’.

The album title ‘The Luxury Of Time’ taps into the change of pace experienced during lockdown. Combine this with the idea that this period offered a chance for us to pause for thought and find time to create and the album was born. The album draws on a variety/range of influences from vintage soul funk to heavyweight Latin and Brazilian grooves and skilfully fuses these elements together to form a modern day dance record ideally placed for changing times.

Band Line Up

Kay Elizabeth (vocal)
Sam Sutton (guitar/vox)
Carl Hudson (keys)
Magnus Box (bass)
Jimmy Norden (drums)
Dave Boa (trumpet)
Paul Silver (sax)
Marcos Santana (percussion)