[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he legendary Spanish-speaking rock band Vilma Palma e Vampiros visits Chicago on July 9 to celebrate their 24-year career and perform their greatest hits, classics from the 90s.
With a repertoire of 11 musical productions, among them the remarkable rhythm and lyrics of songs like “La Pachanga,” “Auto Rojo,” “Bye Bye” and “Te Quiero Tanto,” the band hopes to make its fans dance and provide them with an unforgettable night.
The band, one of the most prominent in its time and whose name was inspired by a graffiti writing, was formed in 1990 in Rosario, Argentina. It’s members are Gerardo Pugliani (bass), Mario Gómez (vocals), Carlos González (drums), Paul Cejas (guitar), Claudio Garbolino (keyboards), Lucho Cristini (percussion), Karina Di Lorenzo (vocals) and Fabiana Diaz (vocals).
Currently, the band is on tour. The U.S. is its next stop.
Gerardo “Largo” Pugliani, bassist and founder of the band, talked to EXTRA about his upcoming visit to the Windy City.
EXTRA: What can we expect from your performance in Chicago?
Gerardo Pugliani: Fun, unforgettable moments and music—lots of music. That’s what we know best. We know that we do it right.
How do you describe your work, your essence?
Each of us is different, each moment, each breath. It is a set of several heads. We sing about love, parties, good vibes, the good things in life. That’s what we want to convey, good things and most of all give our people a good time. That’s why we want to return to Chicago, because we are sure that there are people who like these moments, beautiful things that leave a footprint.
What are you trying to convey with your music?
First off, a good vibe, to entertain. That is the commitment, to make people who had a long day go outside of their head. After a day of work, to come to these places, and by appearing or simply putting in a CD, hearing a song and keep them singing it. That’s the best, and seeing this spreads happiness and good vibes. That’s the best thing that can happen to an artist, transmitting all those things.
What has been the greatest achievement of your career?
We have had many successes during our career, but I think that among the biggest is now. Seeing our career after 24 years, returning to cities to sing, the feeling that people look for us, coming to cities like Chicago; that’s one of the biggest accomplishments, seeing how far we’ve come.
Vilma Palma e Vampiros will be performing at Joe’s Bar, 940 W. Weed St., on July 9. Doors open at 8 p.m.
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