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Las Cafeteras

Aug 9, Friday - 7:30pm
PG&E Park Avenue Stage (Fri)

Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed many genres and borders along the way. Their eclectic sound and high-energy performances have taken them around the world playing shows at Bonnaroo, the Hollywood Bowl, WOMAD,  Montreal Jazz Festival and beyond.

Born and raised in East LA, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music as modern-day troubadours.  They are a sonic explosion of Afro-Mexican rhythms, electronic beats and powerful rhymes that document stories of a community seeking to “build a world where many worlds fit.” From Afro-Mexican to Americana, soul to son jarocho, and roots to rock and hip-hop, Las Cafeteras take folk music into the future.

The band honors the past by using electrifying traditional instrumentation like the 8-string jarana, 4-string requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform). Las Cafeteras sing in five distinct languages: English, Spanish, Spanglish, love and justice. They believe everyone understands at least one of those languages.

They’ve performed with Mexican icons like Café Tacuba, Natalia Lafourcade and Lila Downs; the Gypsy Kings; Colombian superstar Juanes; hip-hop artist and cultural phenomenon Common; and Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, Los Lobos and the LA  Phil.

Their long-awaited third album, A Night in Nepantla, is due out in May 2024. “Nepantla” is an ancient Central American word used in Chicano communities to represent a concept of “in-between-ness.” Frontman and singer Hector Flores, says, “As a band, we deeply resonate with the land of ‘Nepantla’ and feel that we live in the middle of multiple worlds, sounds and identities, and this album brings people together to sonically join us in our joy, grief, struggle, and liberation in Nepantla.”

Born and raised in East LA, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music as modern-day troubadours.  They are a sonic explosion of Afro-Mexican rhythms, electronic beats and powerful rhymes that document stories of a community seeking to “build a world where many worlds fit.” From Afro-Mexican to Americana, soul to son jarocho, and roots to rock and hip-hop, Las Cafeteras take folk music into the future.

The band honors the past by using electrifying traditional instrumentation like the 8-string jarana, 4-string requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform). Las Cafeteras sing in five distinct languages: English, Spanish, Spanglish, love and justice. They believe everyone understands at least one of those languages.

They’ve performed with Mexican icons like Café Tacuba, Natalia Lafourcade and Lila Downs; the Gypsy Kings; Colombian superstar Juanes; hip-hop artist and cultural phenomenon Common; and Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, Los Lobos and the LA  Phil.

Their long-awaited third album, A Night in Nepantla, is due out in May 2024. “Nepantla” is an ancient Central American word used in Chicano communities to represent a concept of “in-between-ness.” Frontman and singer Hector Flores, says, “As a band, we deeply resonate with the land of ‘Nepantla’ and feel that we live in the middle of multiple worlds, sounds and identities, and this album brings people together to sonically join us in our joy, grief, struggle, and liberation in Nepantla.”