Stamford Latin Rock Band Finds Success, Money On Kickstarter

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Stamford-based rock band PANA! recently turned to Kickstarter to raise $1,500 for a new album. Photo Credit: Courtesy PANA! Facebook page

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford-based rock band PANA! recently turned to Kickstarter to raise $1,500 for a new album, and the community came through

The band is recording its second studio album this year after 19 backers helped fund the $1,500 the band needed before the fundraiser expired Tuesday, Dec. 17. The band includes Alejandro "Chamo" on vocals and drums, Gonzalo "Gonzo" on vocals and bass, Diego "Reds" on lead guitar, Gary Fritz doing percussion, Clynt Yerkes on trumpet and Andrea Neumann on trombone. 

The band describes itself as a fresh-Latin-party-rock band combining reggae, ska and funk. The group has played several festivals and colleges. Band members said it has been more than two years since the release of their debut album "Tres Vivos" and the group has been writing music ever since. 

"Throughout these couple years we have written about 50 new songs," the band said on Kickstarter. "We wish for all of them to be on the album, but we have decided to choose what we think are 11 of the best tracks (5 of which are part of "Piscina EP.") we've composed so far, that we are sure, will be of your liking." 

The band said it was important to remain independent when producing its second album "Nuevos Caminos." 

"By contributing to this project, you will be supporting musicians who are dedicated to expressing passion, artistry, and creativity," the band said on Kickstarter.  We hope to use this new record to book PANA! at many more venues across Connecticut, the East Coast and beyond, and bring our energy to as many people as possible."

The group is set to donate 50 cents for every album sold to "Un Techo Para Mi Pais," a nonprofit group dedicated to fighting poverty in Latin American countries. 

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