In celebration of its 15th anniversary season, ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! will present the eclectic and influential Chicano band Las Cafeteras from East Los Angeles playing several free concerts in Santa Barbara County.
Las Cafeteras blends vibrant roots music with spoken word, the folkloric Jarocho music of Veracruz using traditional instruments, and zapateado dancing. The performers sing in English, Spanish and Spanglish.
Las Cafeteras blends sounds and cross genres, from rock to hip‐hop to rancheras, to create music that represents a universal language. Their rhythms and rhymes deliver rousing lyrics that form a world where different cultures and communities come together.
Members of Las Cafeteras met while taking Son Jarocho classes in Los Angeles and began sharing their vision and music in 2005. They have since performed with Caifanes, Lila Downs, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Through their music, Las Cafeteras celebrates their Chicano pride and seeks to address social and political issues related to civil rights movement, immigration and education.
Las Cafeteras will perform for free at the following times and locations:
Concert: 7-8 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road, Goleta.
Community event: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 14; listen and learn with music students and community members at Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo St.
Concert: 7-8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Guadalupe City Hall.
Community event: 1-2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Bella Artes at PSHH Chapel Court, Carpinteria.
Concert: 7-8 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara Jr. High, 721 E. Cota St.