Brownout in 2019
Brownout in 2019
Background information
OriginAustin, Texas, United States
Years active2003–Present
LabelsSix Degrees Records, Free Style Records, Nat Geo, Ubiquity Presents, Fat Beats
Associated acts
  • Gilbert Elorreaga
  • Greg Gonzalez
  • John Speice IV
  • Matthew "Sweet Lou" Holmes
  • Mark "Speedy" Gonzales
  • Adrian Quesada
  • Beto Martinez
  • Josh Levy
  • Alex Marrero
  • Peter Stopschinski
Past members
  • Leo Gauna
  • Johnny Lopez

Brownout is an American Latin-funk band from Austin, Texas. The band was originally formed as a side project of the members of the Grammy-award-winning band Grupo Fantasma.

Though the band was formed in 2003, as Grupo Fantasma took off in the early 2000s, Brownout was left "on the backburner", and the band's first album, Homenaje, wasn't released until 2008.[1] Since then, the band has toured regularly across the United States, at events including Bonnaroo, High Sierra Music Festival, and Utopia Festival. Brownout has also served as a backing band for artists including Prince, Daniel Johnston, GZA and Bernie Worrell.[2]

In 2014, the group released a series of covers of the British band Black Sabbath under the moniker "Brown Sabbath", which received praise from Black Sabbath lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne,[3] as well as critical acclaim from NPR,[4] AllMusic[5] and Rolling Stone.[6]

In 2018, Brownout released an instrumental cover album of Public Enemy songs titled Fear of a Brown Planet.[7] The album's title is a play on Public Enemy's 1990 album Fear of a Black Planet. NPR described Fear of a Brown Planet as "a living, breathing brand of funk that can cross generations."[8]

Brownout's latest album, Berlin Sessions, was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and was released by Fat Beats Records on March 6, 2020.[9]


  • Homenaje (2008)
  • Aguilas & Cobras (2009)
  • Oozy (2012)
  • Brownout presents Brown Sabbath (2014)
  • Brownout presents Brown Sabbath II (2016)
  • Fear of a Brown Planet (2018).
  • Berlin Sessions (2020)


  1. ^ Sengupta Stith, Deborah (2 June 2017). "The funk came first: Brownout returns to pre-Sabbath roots". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  2. ^ "About - Brownout". Brownout. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  3. ^ Smith, Steve (30 August 2014). "Brownout gives Black Sabbath tunes a Latin-funk groove". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  4. ^ Contreras, Felix (15 June 2014). "Review: Brownout, 'Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath'". National Public Radio. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  6. ^ Kreps, Daniel (15 June 2015). "50 Best Things We Saw at Bonnaroo 2015". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Album Review: Brownout's 'Fear of a Brown Planet". Austin Monthly. June 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  8. ^ Contreras, Felix (17 May 2018). "Public Enemy Gets Grooved By The Keepers Of Latin Funk". NPR. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  9. ^ "BROWNOUT ANNOUNCES STEVE BERLIN-PRODUCED LP 'BERLIN SESSIONS'". Rolling Stone. 3 February 2020. Retrieved 18 June 2018.