Last night our residency as the house DJs for Friday Nights @ OMCA (Oakland Museum of California) wrapped up. For those unfamiliar, every Friday night OMCA closes down 2 blocks, and it basically hosts a big family after work “happy hour” with live music. This month featured: Bang Data, Fito Reinoso, Los Rakas, and Phillip Montalbán and the Bluefields Sound. Big thank you to event’s organizer, Preston Freedom, for the continued love and support. Typically for anything we are a part of we bring our crates full of vinyl, however last night due to other circumstances I rolled with just the laptop. Even though I have a lot of my vinyl digitized when I play them through Serato it just doesn’t feel as good. So for my contribution I went with all newish digital-only tracks that skew dance floor-ready. Here’s a playlist from what I had going last night. Shoutouts and big congrats to DJ Papicultor’s students who just graduated and had the dance floor lit.
On the last night of 2016 into the 1st hours of 2017 we will be joining forces with The Coup, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, and Matatu Festival to share our joy for music, culture and community.While the bands rock the upstairs we’ll be filling the downstairs dance floor with the best bailables from Kinshasa to Cali. There is also an incredible 3 course meal (see below) that you can include with your ticket. If you’ve been to Matatu events you know this is the place to be for NYE.
We are not going to let the events of this past year keep us from being us. Don’t let them keep you from being you.
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…
Have you heard that we’re starting a monthly Pelanga party in La Mision at the Brick & Mortar?
That’s right! We’re kicking things off Friday July 31st with West Coast-bred Boogaloo Assassins. These twelve latin soul brothers have steeped their rich Los Angeles roots with the often emulated sounds of New York’s Spanish Harlem to make Old Love Dies Hard (2013) – a six song EP on the Sicario/Fania labels, that’s guaranteed to bring your whole family to the dance floor. Old Love Dies Hard combines three of the group’s original recordings with covers of several perennial tracks, including a seamless, montuno-drenched version of Dawn Penn’s dancehall classic, You Don’t Love Me (No No No). Boogaloo Assassins — No No No
For the long time lover of latin soul, Boogaloo Assassins will take you on a walk through the familiar musical landscape of East Harlem in the 60’s and 70’s. Think of boogaloo, salsa, and soul classics on storied labels like Allegre, Fania, and Tico – but with a sunny infusion of laid back California swing. For the uninitiated, simply ask yourself the question – do you wanna dance? If the answer is yes, then we’ll see you at the show! Or if you’re on the fence about it, reconsider as Boogaloo Assassins reframe the question with their original composition and instant party starter – Do You Wanna Dance.