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APA Signs Havana Rock Band Sweet Lizzy Project

Sweet Lizzy Project
Alejandro Meneìndez

Sweet Lizzy Project

Five-piece Havana rock band Sweet Lizzy Project has signed with APA for global representation.

The group consists of lead vocalist and lyricist Lisset Diaz, co-writer and bandleader Miguel Comas, Wilfredo Gatell on keyboards, Alejandro Gonzalez on bass and drummer Ángel Luis Millet.

Their latest album Technicolor was released last week (Feb. 21), but the group’s first break came during the 2017 filming of the PBS special Havana Time Machine, that surveyed the city’s music scene and culminated in a live concert featuring the band alongside some more-traditional Cuban artists.

Based on the band’s appearance on the PBS show, The Mavericks’ lead singer Raul Malo and his wife Betty (now the band’s manager) sponsored Sweet Lizzy Project for U.S. work visas and signed them to Malo’s record label, Mono Mundo Recordings. The band then uprooted to Nashville to begin their career in the U.S.

When Malo met the band, they were already regulars on state television and a mature touring operation with staging, techs and roadies. In addition, they had begun working on Technicolor, whose initial tracks were recorded in Comas’ bedroom studio, but later mixed with the whole band at Nashville’s famed Blackbird Studio.

“We can overcome the impression that Cuban music is only rumba and son,” said Comas in a release. “Having the chance to play for American audiences, that is a win for us already. We’ve had everything against us, but we are here.”

“We’ve been outsiders from the start,” added Diaz. “In Cuba, we were swimming against the tide by singing rock ’n’ roll in English. It took us time to gain respect by the institutions that would let us play our music. And then we had a chance to come here, and we’re outsiders again. But that’s okay. We just want to play.”

The band has opened dates for Heart, Joan Jett, JOHNNYSWIM and Jamey Johnson. The band is embarking on a North American tour throughout the year. Dates can be found below.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

2/28 -- Nashville, TN @ Bourbon Street Blue and Boogie Bar
2/29 -- Memphis, TN @ Halloran Centre at the Orpheum Theatre
3/18 -- Austin, TX @ Waterloo Records in-store with Raul Malo (Mavericks)
3/19 -- Austin, TX @ SXSW, Bloody Mary Morning
3/26 -- Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
3/27 -- Nashville, TN @ The Basement
4/02 -- Houston, TX @ Mucky Duck
4/03 -- Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater w/The Mavericks
4/04 -- Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater w/The Mavericks
4/05 -- Dallas, TX @ Sundown at Granada
4/08 -- Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
4/17 -- Waverly, AL @ Standard Deluxe
4/24 -- Panama City Beach, FL @ SANDJAM Music Festival
4/25 -- Miami, FL @ Bar Nancy
4/26 -- Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
5/07 -- Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
6/05 -- Pelham, TX @ The Caverns, opening for The Mavericks
6/06 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse, opening for The Mavericks
6/12 -- Alexander, AL @ Jazz Fest


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