Las Cafeteras makes its Fallon debut on Sept. 22 at the Oats Parks Arts Center’s Barkley Theater.
The Los Angles group takes the stage at 8 p.m., preceded by a free conversation with the artists at 3 p.m. Individual tickets are $17 members, $20 nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 775-423-1440 or email@example.com. Tickets are also available at Jeff’s Copy Express and ITT@Naval Air Station Fallon. All seats are reserved.
The box office, Art Bar and galleries open at 7 p.m. with her performance at 8 p.m.
Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed-genre and musical borders, playing with bands such as Mexican icons Caifanes, Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently with Talib Kweli.
Born and raised east of the Los Angeles River, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories, creating a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East L.A. sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras.
Las Cafeteras’ new album, “Tastes Like L.A.,” reflects the band’s diverse influences and attempts to represent the multiple layers of life in Los Angeles’ Eastside. Recorded at Bedrock Studios in Echo Park, Los Angeles, “Tastes Like L.A.” includes songs about longing for home, love, joy, community and the fight for a better world. Citing inspiration from Nina Simone’s quote, “It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times,” Las Cafeteras use their music to tell stories about the streets where they were raised, the communities they live in today and their dreams for the world they hope to see in the future.
Like modern-day Woody Guthries, Las Cafeteras sing socially charged stories supported by a live performance that combines dance and dialogue. With their infectious and uplifting spirit, Las Cafeteras demonstrate that while the struggle for peace, justice and equality is a serious matter, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a good time along the way. If anything, the joy they bring to listeners offers an inspirational soundtrack for the march toward a better future. If Las Cafeteras have their way, it will be a journey overflowing with dance, song and smiles.