The Portland Playlist welcomed Adolfo Cuellar, Jorge Bello, and Morgan Quinn from 1000 Fuegos into the studio for a night of hilarity, and music from near and far. After extensive touring and artistic creation with the band NIAYH, Adolfo assembled a team of musicians to represent and support his music as 1000 Fuegos; Jorge, Morgan, and Don Corey.
Adolfo and Jorge, both of Cuban heritage, grew up among a diverse culture in Florida whose sounds are reflected in the band’s music; a modern-day jagged hybrid of latin and pop culture drawing from the Caribbean, South & Central America, and the U.S. The name, 1000 Fuegos, is a nod to Adolfo’s grandfather, a shoemaker in Cuba. One of the main shoe factories was in a city named Cienfuegos (100 fires, his 1000 Fuegos is because they are the next generation).
We listened to a few of Adolfo’s influences which were just as diverse as the music he performs starting with rock/alt metal band the Deftones to EDM band Odesza; Flamenco’s, Las Migas; and Rap Cubano band Los Aldeanos.
Writing music in both Spanish and English, we listened to original tracks Feliz, Mene, and Chakra Viva.
They performed three songs live, Si Tienes, a song about the anger of love. Up, sung in English, “practice what you preach even if you forget why, and we’re up cuz we’re down again, and we’re down cuz we’re up again. The games we play to show our love could bring it all to an end.” BT, originally recorded in Miami, and sung in Spanish, closed out the show. You can watch the live performance portion of the show here.
The band is currently working on a new album and is taking it in a direction they haven’t yet gone. Combining electronic sounds, indie, and acoustic rock, they are really excited to see where the ideas take them. We are excited to hear it and hope for their return to the show once it is finished. Adolfo and Jorge will soon be going home to Miami, so there are no Portland shows planned until March. Be sure to follow them on Facebook for the latest news because a 1000 Fuegos show is one you will certainly want to see.
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