East LA’s political firebrands use their Chicano Afro-Mexican Son Jarocho combined with hip hop, and cumbia, to break down walls.
The last time Las Cafeteras descended on Baltimore was in 2016, for one of the wildest Glowballs! The Creative Alliance ever witnessed!
The group’s sound is rooted in the son jarocho of the state of Veracruz, Mexico. A regional folk style that evolved on the West Coast of Mexico, it’s a sound that represents a fusion between Spanish, African, and indigenous musical elements. Highly rhythmic, the primary harmonic instrument is called the jarana. From the same instrument family, the requinto, which looks similar to a ukulele, is plucked with a cow horn pick. Las Cafeteras round out their son jarocho instrumentation with the percussive plucked-key box bass called the maimbol, and scraped donkey jaw-bone called a quijada, as well as percussive dance. While the root of Las Cafeteras’ sound is essentially deep folk music, their take on it is distinctly urban and American, with a showmanship and lyrical bent that is all their own.
Noted for their infectious live performances, they’ve crossed many genre and musical borders, playing with bands such as Mexican icons Caifanes, Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and Talib Kweli.
LA Times described Las Cafeteras as “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … live, they’re magnetic.”
About Conjunto Bruja:
Conjunto Bruja is an all-woman ensemble of cajón, guitar, charango, Irani setar, and ranchera-inspired vocals. Through their music, las Brujas explore folk traditions and verses from around Latin America. Their diverse cultural backgrounds influence the "corazón" of their music, bridging dynamic sounds from Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, and Iran.
MON JUL 23 | 8PM | $18, $15 members (+$3 at door)