Spotlight On: A Series on Culture & the Arts
“Spotlight On” is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on all things cultural & artistic in Xela and Guatemala. This month’s topic is: Los Vigilantes del Funk.
XW: Can you guys explain yourselves?
LVdF: Sure, we’re a brigade of funk peddling gringos down here in Xela to raise awareness in Central America for funk, blood nuts, and AIDG.org. We’re the self proclaimed funnest band in Xela, and we’ll be releasing a new album as soon as all the members are released from treatment or prison. Our summer tour starts in Tapachula. Oh, and we’re all in one big open relationship. Don’t look so surprised, it’s the 21st century, man!
XW: So I heard your guitarist recently had serious accident. What happened?
LVdF: The details are still disputed, but this is what we know: He was motorcycling down a mountain when he noticed he was being chased by a gang of banditos. He tried to flee, but was too intoxicated to manage all the corners. He and the banditos went careening off a cliff into a piranha infested river. He was the only survivor, but had to return home for a finger replacement. There wasn’t a finger funky enough here in Guatemala.
XW: I’m sorry to hear that. And how did you guys all get together?
LVdF: We actually had a show before we had a band. It was the grand opening of Ojalá and they wanted a show. We all knew each other through AIDG, and we were sitting around one night and Lindsay had had a bit too much wine and was singing. We knew right then and there, we had to funk together. From there everything just fell into place. Although no ones really sure who is and isn’t in the band. I don’t think we’ve played two shows with all the same members.
XW: What was the funkiest moment in Vigilante history?
LVdF: That’s easy. One time Virgil removed his overalls and proceeded on a 25 minute harmonica solo. Someone in the audience actually died of sheer funk overload. It was the first ever medically documented case of spontaneous combustion. I’m really surprised you haven’t heard about it. That story has nearly reached folklore status here in Quetzaltenango.
XW: Amazing. Simply amazing. Well thank you all very much. Do you have any final thoughts?
I think we would like to go with a quote. ‘’God is love, and love is funk, therefore Funk is God.’’ I’m pretty sure Jesus said that. Oh yeah, and check out AIDG.org. They really are a funky organization.
Where and When: Los Vigilantes del Funk [used to be but are no longer] on stage every Friday night at Ojalá. They can also perform at private events where funk is needed.