Free pre-performance DJ (Bucknell University student KJ James), 6:30 - 7:15 p.m., Weis Center Atrium Lobby
The New Golden Age of Latin Music is being created right here in the United States. Orkesta Mendoza and Las Cafeteras are two of today's most exciting bands, forging inspired new paths for the fabled Latin sound.
The infectious indie mambo band Orkesta Mendoza mixes a multitude of Latin styles like cumbia, merengue and ranchera through a psychedelic mambo and post-punk prism, creating a truly one-of-a-kind sound. Bandleader, keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Mendoza leads the powerhouse band that is fronted by the rich baritone of vocalist and dancer Salvador Duran, and framed by guitar, keyboard, percussion, drums and brass.
Alternative Chicano band Las Cafeteras recreates traditional Afro-Caribbean Son Jarocho music in a wildly vibrant style. The group's rousing socially conscious messages, in English and Spanglish, tell stories of a community that is looking for love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of East LA. The band is accompanied by jarana and requinto guitars, a donkey jawbone and a tarima, a wooden dance platform
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