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Café Tacvba Celebrates 20th Anniversary With “Seguir Siendo”

I squinted at the small TV, trying to figure out what to make of the enthusiastic, eccentric performers on the screen.   The small guy with the nasaly voice wearing an image of large breasts on his t-shirt.   The slender pianist who paused his playing to raise his arms and do a dance from the torso … Continue reading

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Concert Review: True Amor for Julieta Venegas

“The fantasy is better,” Julieta Venegas belted to open her Club Nokia show on May 19th. This may be true of the song’s glorification of “amores platonicos,” but not a concert by Venegas. The Mexican pop songstress brought such joy, spirit and energy to her live performance that it exceeded any fantasy one could have had of seeing her in person… Continue reading

Latin American / Mexican / Mexican / MUSIC

Los Tigres del Norte bring their roar to Disney Concert Hall

Also see my preview article, “Los Tigres del Norte to make history at Walt Disney Concert Hall,” published in the Los Angeles Times. Los Tigres del Norte plays at the same venues that host rodeos, professional bull riders and country fairs.  So its show last Friday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall offered the band an opportunity … Continue reading

[LA Times] Los Tigres del Norte to make history at Walt Disney Concert Hall
LA Times / Mexican

[LA Times] Los Tigres del Norte to make history at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Friday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Tigres del Norte will make history. Although the Mexican super group is known for its ability to cross borders, performing at the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic will be a new frontier.

The show will mark the first time a regional Mexican band has played at the venue since it opened in 2003. Though Los Tigres attract audiences of thousands to their Los Angeles gigs, the group has never performed at a Los Angeles venue with the cultural stature and acoustics of Disney Hall…. Continue reading

Argentinean / Latin American / Occidental Weekly

[Oxy Weekly] Bajofondo Rocks The Roxy

The eclectic musician behind the soundtracks to 21 Grams and plays a sold out show on Sunset It is Saturday evening on the Sunset Strip and the Roxy’s lights illuminate the street trash whipped up by the Santa Ana winds. The marquis announces the date: “October 11,” and performer, “Santaolalla and the Bajofondo Tango Club.” Outside, a … Continue reading

Jewish / Latin American / MUSIC / Occidental Weekly

[Oxy Weekly] ¡Viva Yiddish! Yields a Musical Melting Pot

Shalom, amigos! Imagine Klezmer clarinets, blaring brass, banda ballads, crazy congas, vigorous violins, fine flutes, syncopated steps, awesome oom-pah-pahs, amplified accordions, giant guitarrones and hilarious good humor! Is it a wild dream? No, it’s a performance by the ¡Viva Yiddish! Project at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Each summer, Grand Performances at California Plaza … Continue reading

Concert Review: Alma Campesina Mariachis at Boyle Heights’ El Mercadito
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Concert Review: Alma Campesina Mariachis at Boyle Heights’ El Mercadito

Entering El Mercadito in Boyle Heights feels exactly like entering a marketplace in Mexico City.  The smell of fresh pan dulce, the sizzling of elote, the shopkeepers yelling “¡Pásale, pásale señorita!,” rainbow-colored rows of boots, and especially the music.  At El Mercadito, vendors sell all types of Mexican music, and often invite guests to sample … Continue reading