La Pelanga del Pacífico – this Saturday Aug. 25 at La Peña



We’re back!

Since 2008, we’ve been bringing our community together around a crazy, positive dance floor with the freshest sounds from Kinshasa and Cartagena, Port au Prince and Nueva York, Oakland and Abidjan. We mix the old with the new, the city and the village, bombardinos and autotune.
La Pelanga was born in Cali, Colombia during the Festival Petronio Alvarez de Musica del Pacifico. Your pelanguero family has collective roots in California, Colombia, Indonesia, Perú, China, México, the Phillipines, Canada, and Korea. Now we call Oakland our home.
So you get the idea. Somos Pacífico, and this Saturday we celebrate.


Saturday August 25, 10pm-2am
La Peña, 3105 Shattuck, Berkeley (near Ashby BART)
$5 All ages

For a little preview of what’s coming, check:

La Pelanga at La Peña – SAT, April 28!

Hello beautiful people. You don’t need the weather man to tell you that Winter is over and Spring is here — which means it’s time to celebrate! And we plan to do just that on Saturday, April 28 at LA PEÑA in Berkeley. We are super excited about this one. We’re going to have freshly dug records arriving straight from Lima, Peru via DJ Franz Tunda (Daniel Alarcón). PLUS a surprise gift!

It’s going to be a loud, sweaty, raucous, night of dancing to music from all corners of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Here’s a little taste to get you in the mood.

For more info visit the offical Facebook Invite

We hope to see you there! 


La Pelanga at La Peña – SAT, March 24!


Calling all dance-oholics and lovers of this blog! La Pelanga returns this Saturday, March 24 at La Peña in Berkeley. As all who were there last month will tell you, we only bring the most potent bailables to feed your dancing addiction. Again it will be a full night of: Cubmias, Merengues, Salsas, Kompas, Rumbas, Sambas, Soukous, Reggaeton, Afrobeat, Makossa, Coupé Décalé, and more! All of which will be played with love from your Pelanguero deejays: China tu Madre, Franz Tunda, Papicultor, Pozole and hopefully Smokestack who is recovering from injury.


It’s been a long week and damn it, it’s time to celebrate! Celebrate our friends, our loved ones, our communities our selves and all the cultures that go into making musica sabrosa (aka musica pelanga), such as…

Doors open at 9, $5-20 sliding scale, all ages welcome.

Official Facebook Invite

Radio Ambulante + La Pelanga!



This Saturday night, we’re doing it again at La Peña, folks. I’ll be back, spinning for the first time in what feels like forever, so I’m very excited about that. In case you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to, it’s this: Radio Ambulante. My wife, Carolina Guerrero, and I, along with our two partners, Annie Correal and Martina Castro, have spent the better part of a year working on getting this narrative radio project off the ground: the idea is to tell Latin American stories in sound. We’ve just launched the website, with an audio sampler, featuring stories from Peru, Argentina, New York, Barcelona, Chile, and places in between. We have pieces in the works from Mexico, Cuba, Honduras, Los Angeles, and Colombia. It’s been a real adventure, and this Saturday, our two projects team up: all proceeds from the party will go to help fund the next stage of the radio project. We’ve got a Kickstarter campaign going, so if you like what you hear, please consider making a donation. If you like to dance, come out on Saturday to La Peña, and support us that way.


Below is a video explaining more about the project, how it came about.


Abrazos + see you all at La Pelanga!


Daniel Alarcón


1st Pelanga of 2012 – Oh that’s nice!


We’re back! Your favorite pelangueros are ready to usher in 2012 with an incredible feast of music and dancing this Saturday at La Peña in Berkeley. We’re bringing the heaviest  Soukous, Cumbia, Salsa Dura, Rumba, Kompa, Merengue, Coupé Décalé, Reggaeton, Afro Beat and more for you. As those who have been before can attest, the Pelanga dance floor is as nice as it gets—a progressive party devoid of scenesters and full of respectful community folks who truly love celebrating life with music. I mean REALLY nice, like….


Oh That’s Nice by Pete Rodriguez Y Su Conjunto

For more details checkout the official Facebook invite.

See you there!