Locos Por Juana are a big, fusion, party band reminiscent of Ozomatli—albeit one that also tosses sounds from Miami and the Caribbean into the mix: ska, cumbia, rock and a little bit of everyth

Locos Por Juana are a big, fusion, party band reminiscent of Ozomatli—albeit one that also tosses sounds from Miami and the Caribbean into the mix: ska, cumbia, rock and a little bit of everything else. It's truly great stuff, enthusiastic and real (the big horns are outstanding) and many steps above other highly publicized, more pretentious party bands. Locos Por Juana is about dancing, but it also invests in sturdy hooks and (mostly) strong melodies and great grooves. The group loses its drive when it gets sidetracked into reggae. But it pulls off funk in "She Devil" and is brilliant on salsa/rock tracks like "La Noche." Their cover of "Adoro" is also a pleasant surprise. This is a worthy discovery.—LC