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.
Our favorite brown knights, Chicano Batman are coming back to the Bay on Friday, May 15 in San Francisco at The Brick and Motor and then the following night, May 16 in Oakland at Leo’s Music Club. La Pelanga will be teaming up with them for both shows along with Thee Commons for two nights of connecting past with present and soul to somos. In other words—you best be ready to rock out and dance.
Be warned, every show they have had in the Bay has sold out. There’s nothing we’ve hated more than having to turn beautiful gente away. Get your tickets now while they are still available!
Last February, La Pelanga teamed up with Chicano Batman for their Bay Area album release party of Cycles of Existential Rhyme. The show quickly sold out and it killed us to have to turn so many people away at the doors. But as promised, they’re back and this time at a larger venue—The New Parish in Oakland, CA! Just to make the night even more special, we got straight out of Richmond, V.A. by way of Peru and Mexico, rapper CHHOTI MAA. Of course La Pelanga will be providing our unique blend of música Latina, Caribeña, y Africana for you to get your dance on before and after. The whole evening is being sponsored by Social Justice Collaborative, a non-profit on the legal front lines of fighting deportation of undocumented youth and their families. Proceeds from this night will go directly towards providing attorneys to youth.
Join us Sunday, November 16 for a night of amazing music and solidarity. Note the working people friendly time from 6 PM to 10 PM. Guarantee yourself tickets AND save money by buying early bird tickets for just $15! ($20 at the door) Official Face Book invite
ALSO, checkout our most recent podcast featuring Chicano Batman’s frontman Bardo Martinez where he discusses his love for vallenato and gives us a preview of new music he’s working on.
La Pelanga are teaming up with Las Cafeteras, Las Bomberas de la Bahia, and Culture Strike to bring you: BEATS not BORDERS, an evening of dignity, art, and activism that transcends borders in the Bay Area. We have a great lineup of acts, artist, and organizations that have come together to create a harmonious space of love, justice, music and dance.
La Pelanga is La Pelanga and La Peña 2nd Generation are super excited to host straight from Los Angeles,CHICANO BATMAN. Saturday, March 1 come celebrate the release of their 2nd album, Cycles of Existential Rhyme, on El Relleno Records live from the NEW La Peña Lounge in Berkeley, California. (LPs and CDs available at the show.)
Our favorite superheros have produced another one of a kind record filled with killer psychedelic latin soul to save the day. Check out Wednesday Morning and She Lives On My Block to see just what we’re talking about and why we are so excited to welcome them back to the Bay.
This show sold out last time so be sure to get your tickets early!
La Pelanga is incredibly excited to team up with the blue tux-shirted crusaders Chicano Batman from Los Angeles in an intimate affair at La Peña on Saturday, September 29. La Pelanga’s passion for connecting rare sounds from Africa, Latin America, and the Carribean in order to celebrate our communities goes hand in hand with Chicano Batman’s liberating music of Chicano tropicalismo and East Bay’s institution for arts and culture, La Peña. Come be a part of this convergence of soulful musical expression and beautiful people this Saturday at La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave, in Berkeley.
10 PM – 2 AM / Ten Bucks / All Ages (Click on poster above to RSVP)