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Las Cafeteras Building Musical Bridges

Las Cafeteras – Tastes Like L.A. (Las Cafeteras Music, 2017)

Tastes Like L.A. is the new album by East Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras. The band performs a lively mix of Mexican roots music such as son jarocho (a mix of Spanish, indigenous and African music) from Veracruz with global sounds, reggae beats, neosoul, pop, swing, norteño and American folk music. Vocals are in Spanish and English. The lyrics range from social activism to having a good time.

The musical instruments include the classic jarana guitar from Veracruz, the requinto jarocho, Peruvian cajón, and zapateado (tap percussion).

The lineup includes Daniel Jesús French on jarana primera and segunda, vocals, organ, Moog synthesizer; David Flores on requinto jarocho; Denise Carlos on vocals, jarana primera, zapateado, glockenspiel; José Cano on cajón and percussion; Hector Flores on jarana tercera and vocals; and Leah Rosa Gallegos on vocals, quijada de burro, zapateado, percussion and melodica.

Guests: Gloria Estrada on u-bass; Jorge Mijambos on requinto, marimbol and vozarrona; Stewart Cole on trumpet; Eugene toale on organ, sax and flute; Fernanda Ulibarri on autoharp; Moisés Baqueiro on u-bass; Ben Reddell on guitar and bass; José Gurria-Cárdenas on pandeiro; Jaime Bishop on bass; and Greg Marino on flute and sax.

The music of Las Cafeteras represents the exciting multicultural mix on Los Angeles with a superb set of modern songs rooted in Mexican Caribbean tradition.

Buy the MP3 version of Tastes Like L.A. or the CD from lascafeteras.bandcamp.com

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World Music Sunset Concerts 2017 at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles

The Skirball Cultural Center has announced the 21st season of its yearly free summer performances, Sunset Concerts. Coinciding with the Skirball’s latest exposition, Paul Simon: Words & Music (available until September 3, 2017), the 2017 season is inspired by Paul Simon’s groundbreaking efforts to bring world music to pop audiences while assembling bridges across cultures. The lineup this year reflects this vision.

The 2017 Sunset Concerts programs includes: American Tune Featuring Sean Watkins & Friends: A Singer-Songwriter Celebration of Paul Simon (July 27); Ibibio Sound Machine (August 3); Delgres (August 10); Daymé Arocena (August 17); David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana (August 24); and Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (August 31).

The six Thursday night concerts are presented free of charge in the Skirball’s charming central courtyard.

Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepúlveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Phone: (310) 440-4500.

More information at: skirball.org

headline photo: Daymé Arocena

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