La Pelanga presents Chicano Batman


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)


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




For all those who have requested to be on our mailing list you already know that tomorrow night, Friday, February 25 we are bringing La Pelanga to our friends at La Peña in Berekley, CA. (3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA). From 9:30pm – late we’ll be transforming their bar/lounge area into our musical kitchen to bring you the hottest bailables in the Bay. If you’ve been to our parties before, you know what we like to cook up—a tasty stew of cumbia, salsa dura, soukous, reggaetón, samba, plena, coupé decalé, merengue, champeta, konpa, funaná, currulao, …  in fact here’s a little taste


Majando by Tatico Henriquez Y Sus Muchachos

So bring your favorite people and come work the dance floor!
$5-20 (All Pelanga proceeds will fund the flood relief efforts in Colombia.) 
see more info on our Face Book page.




Saturday Night – La Pelanga Lleva La Candela

This Saturday, April 24, sus palenguer@s plan to set the la mission on fire at Bollyhood Cafe with endless bailables that only La Pelanga can bring: Cumbias, Soukous, Merengue, Salsa Dura, Kompa, Calypso, Champeta, Regaeton, Highlife, Dancehall, Samba, Coupé Décalé, Gaitas y mas.

Pelangas are for our ever growing beautiful community to dance and celebrate life with. We hope to see you there.
-Sus Palenguer@s


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