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BCT Presents
Las Cafeteras
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00PM

Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408


In 2005, rooted in community & tradition, a group of students learning Son Jarocho music became known as "Los Cafeteros," after the LA Eastside Cafe community center that two members had helped found. They soon changed their name to Las Cafeteras to honor the feminine spirit of the group. Over time they organically evolved from a student group into a performance group aimed at sharing the Afro-Mexican music of Southern Veracruz with their neighborhoods.

As Native and migrant children who are remixing roots music, Las Cafeteras have developed a genre-bending sound & electric live performance style, infusing lyrically rich storytelling with the purpose of sharing the hidden stories of migrant life in Los Angeles. The members of Las Cafeteras, who grew up in Los Angeles, were inspired not only by Mexican music, but also rock, reggae, hip-hop, and Motown, and they want to use music as a way to build bridges among the different cultures and communities that historically have experienced tension. Through music, Las Cafeteras are trying to help build "a world where many worlds fit."

Las Cafeteras bring their songs to life with 4 distinct vocalists and eclectic instrumentation, including jaranas, cajón, a donkey jawbone, a West African bass instrument, and a wooden platform used to dance Zapateado. Their first album, Live at Mucho Wednesday was a recording at the famous La Cita Bar in downtown LA. After receiving local praise for a raw and authentic sound that could not be replicated, Las Cafeteras jumped into the studio to do what no one ever thought they would do … record a real album.

The success of their first studio album It’s Time launched the band to new heights, placing them on stage with Mexican icons Café Tacuba, as well as performers such as Lila Downs, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. They’ve since toured North America from the Santa Barbara Bowl in California to the Lincoln Center in New York; from the Montreal Jazz Festival to WOMAD Festival in the UK.

While performing or recording, Las Cafeteras play music with the spirit that can only be explained through an ancient African Proverb, “if you can walk, you can dance, and if you can talk you can sing.”

Doors for this reserved seating performance open at 7:30. The opening performer has not yet been announced.