For those of you on the West Coast, unless you have been living under a Donald Trump size hair piece for the past 10 years, then you are already know that Afro-latin music in the US is experiencing una nueva onda/renaissance. Leading the way have been diverse inspiring groups such as La Santa Cecilia, Las Cafeteras, Los Rakas, Chicano Batman, Bang Data, Very Be Careful, Quita Penas, La Misa Negra, Buyepongo, Thee Commons and Soltron to name a few. In fact, it was last year back stage with Las Cafeteras where they said to us we had to check out this new band out of Kansas City called Making Movies (<<<<1 of best band-websites we’ve seen). “Huh??? K.C.???” was our collective thought bubble. But we did exactly that and partnered with them at our favorite Mission art gallery, Artillery. Well shit, there went another preconceived notion (see links below). This is why we insisted they come back to feature at our monthly. That month is April and we can’t wait to have them on stage to share their take on bi-national, bi-cultural, and all feel-good music WITH one of the best local instant party groups—Pasto Seco Band! If you don’t know about Pasto Seco yet, you probably haven’t been out drinking in the Bay Area enough.
Friday April 8th | Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco | $15 adv, $20 door, 18 and over
Real talk, how many of your favorite groups perform songs about the day-to-day stories and struggles that you and everyday working people in our communities face? Sadly, there are far too few. That’s why two of the most beloved groups to come out of the Bay Area in recent years are Mass Bass and BRWN BFLO. If you have heard their banging music then you know how uplifting it is to have these artists represent our neighborhoods and homelands. If you haven’t yet, take a listen:
On Friday, March 4 La Pelanga proudly welcomes Mass Bass and Somos One from BRWN BFLO to The Brick and Mortar Music Hall. Advance tickets only $12!!!
A not-to-miss show that will feature Somos One’s new EP Two Vagos w/ special guests, Mass Bass’ Movement Movin‘ music and La Pelanga’s global dance floor records.
Continued thanks to all of you that have come out to our new series La Pelanga en La Misión. Each night has been a reflection of our musical inspiration and community that we have loved celebrating with you all. This month we keep the flow going with another group we absolutely love—Viento Callejero. We’re excited to welcome them to The Bay with their fresh LA take on cumiba.
Viento Callejero have been playing in bands you likely already know and love like Chicano Batman, La Santa Cecilia, Tokeson and Sistema Bomb. Their paths have thankfully joined to record one the best new cumbia records. Check out their song La Burrita.
This show will also be the debut release of their BRAND NEW 7″ SINGLE: Remolino !!!!!
If you have been to our latest party series La Pelanga en La Misión at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall then you already know we’re bringing some serious musical heat—combining the best new bands with our unique vinyl mixture of the West African, Caribbean and Latin music. This month on Saturday, October 3 we’re hosting Quitapenas. If you haven’t checked this band out yet, this is your chance to get introduced to their blazing hot afro-caribbean mezcla…
This month we welcome professional archivist and deejay T-Kay, host of Hip-Hop Hurray out of Austin, Texas and The Afternoon Love-In from DubLab. T-Kay has traveled the world collecting records and visits La Sala with a collection of 45s she picked up from one of her favorite cities Sao Paulo, Brasil. As always, music knows no borders and it doesn’t take long before we’re off to Indonesia, Singapore, Angola and Sierra Leon. Join us for another one-of-a-kind musical journey en La Sala.
This month we visit the island referred to as Kiskeya or Quisqueya depending which side of the shared border of Haïti or La República Dominicana you live on. To lead us through a vinyl exploration of this beautiful shared musical history we are joined by former Music Director at KALX of UC Berkeley and current Latin Music Curator and Programmer at Pandora, Marcos Juarez.
Important Note: This podcast was recorded before the recent disturbing deportation of Haitians taking place in the D.R.