Rooted in the Mexican folk-music style of Son Jarocho, Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East Los Angeles sound and a community-focused political message.
The band performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Skagit Valley College’s McIntyre Hall Performing Arts Center, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon.
The band’s Afro-Mexican rhythms and inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community looking for love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. A remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, Las Cafeteras add Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and such instruments as jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone, and a wooden platform called the tarima.
Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with infectious live performances, playing with bands such as Mexican icons Caifanes, Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and, most recently, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
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With contagious sound and great live performances, Las Cafeteras have been referred to as the Latino Mumford and Sons.
Tickets, $20, are at 360-416-7727 and mcintyrehall.org.