Heat up a cold winter day with the hot Latin and Caribbean tunes of Los Monstros (The Monsters), who will perform from 1:30-3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill.
The band plays a mix of classic and current hits from a variety of genres, ranging from popular American love songs to classic salsa, bachata and merengue, to classic reggae standards. The library is located at 100 North 19th St., and more information can be found on the library’s website at www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org/FRE or by calling 717-761-3900.
Citing their interest in creating something new, the members of the band came together after playing in various salsa and merengue bands. Los Monstros performs in a variety of combinations, but this concert will feature Kyle Kettering on lead vocals, sax and trumpet; Mike Yinger on trombone and guitar; Pedro Antonetty on congas and bongos; Jay Rivera on timba drums and guira; and Bella Guzman on vocals and auxiliary percussion.
The band says its music is reminiscent of what many other Latin bands are doing, but the expansiveness of its repertoire has given it a one-of-a-kind sound.
One of the more unusual aspects of the band is that the lead singer, Kettering, is not of Hispanic origin, but instead fell in love with Latin music as a merengue trumpet player. Through playing with Latin bands, Kettering soon became immersed in the Hispanic culture and learned quickly how to communicate on stage with musicians who didn’t speak any English.
As his familiarity with the music and language grew, he began to sing background vocals while also composing and transcribing selections for the various local, regional and even international touring Latin bands in which he played. Once he formed his own band in 2009, he ended up singing lead vocals and created a signature sound that blended his romantic vocal style with other aspects of Latin styling. His ability to sing in Spanish has improved dramatically through the years due to help from his bandmates and assistance from his wife, Bella, who is from Puerto Rico.
In 2010, Kettering officially launched Los Monstros as a 10- to 12-member band filled with “musical all-stars” that he had met while touring with other bands. The band plays a wide mix of Latin music, including bachata and merengue from Dominican Republic, Puerto Rican salsa, the mambo and cha cha from Cuba, Latin rock, and the music of Carlos Santana. The band also performs some English-language pop tunes and heavy metal with Latin touches.
Based in Lancaster County, Los Monstros tours throughout the Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia regions. They encourage their audiences to get up and try a dance, and will teach those interested in learning how. To learn more about the band, visit its website at http://losmonstros.wixsite.com/losmonstrosband.