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.
From the night…
We’re finally back en La Sala after a year of doing multiple DJ residencies. Party events are fun, but hard work as well, and unfortunately it meant pushing pause on the podcast recordings. Now that we’ve wrapped those up we’ve plugged our mics back in and are ready to share more rare records from around the world with specials guests coming through the door. In this episode we are joined by artist Sita Bhaumik. She’s en La Sala with us to talk about her new exhibition Estamos contra el muro | We Are Against the Wall and to preview the exclusive Migration Mixtape we are producing for the show.
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
proper cover of Aguanile by Making Movies
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!!!
9PM | 18 and over | 1710 Mission St, San Francisco
It’s a been a while since I’ve shared any recent additions to the collection. Considering, I thought we’d get back to the basics with the simple, sunny tune – Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La Si, Do – by Haitian bandleader Raoul Guillaume et Son Groupe. I don’t remember learning the musical scale back in school being so groovy!