Compiled by the El Reportero staff
Want to really have fun with cumbia, tex-mex and Mexican rock? Then you’re reading it right. Dr. Loco’s Jalapeño Band will be making you crazy with is loco tunes, and will be accompanied with Tracy Sirota and Triple Flame.
At the Elbo Room, on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Door opens at 9 p.m. Cover charge $8. Tell them you read it in El Reportero.
Entre Sur y Norte, Madelina y Los Carpinteros Premiering @ Berkeley’s La Peña
Meandering between the South and the North is La Peña’s debut concert of Madelina y Los Carpinteros and Friends. The group features the soulful voices of Madelina Zayas with Brandon Vance (both Buena Trova Social Club), and richly layered and deeply rooted acoustic performance from former members of Grupo Raíz, Fernando Feña Torres and Denis Schmidt and Bay Area jewels Ruthie Dineen, Craig Thomas and Brandon Vance. Special performance by sikuri master and choreographer Luis Valverde and partner Claudia Susana (Valverde dance and former Grupo Anqari), and Tomás Enguidanos on the Andean Mandolina.
Following the tradition of the Nueva Canción and Nueva Trova – movements that came out of The Americas’ liberation struggles to freshly embody the folk roots with an enriched lyricism – this concert will premiere Fernando Torres’ own compositions as well as unique interpretations of music from Puerto Rico to the Andes Mountains (Argentina, Chile, Perú, Venezuela, the Andes Region, Puerto Rico) and the mainland US.
It is not a coincidence that Madelina, Los Carpinteros and friends will be debuting at La Peña. Since its inception 41 years ago, the Berkeley’s venerated hut has become the casa of the nueva trova/nueva canción, where the attentive ear and lovers of the genre can enjoy the musical gems of its originators as well as the work currently developed locally. A not-to-be-missed Fall evening with some soulful and rhythmic picks into the Latin American cancionero, including originals from Fernando Torres and unique interpretations from Osvaldo Torres, Simón Diaz, Rafaél Manríquez, Roy Brown, Juan Antonio Corretjer, Rafael Hernández, Fernando Solanas and Roberto Goyeneche, amongst others.
Friday, September 30, 2016. 8pm. $15 adv. $20 dr. At La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley. 510-849-2568 Tickets: http://bit.ly/2bCQ1ka.