Chicano alt-folk beats sizzle at the opera house

Aug 10, 2017
Las Cafeteras remixes roots music to create a uniquely East L.A. sound to build bridges among different cultures and communities and create “a world where many worlds fit.”

Camden — Las Cafeteras, a young group that has taken the music scene by storm with infectious live performances that cross genre and musical borders, will play the Camden Opera House Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

Las Cafeteras has played with Mexican icons and bands such as Caifanes and Lila Downs; Colombian superstar Juanes; Los Angeles legends Ozomatli; folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros; the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; and, most recently, with Talib Kweli.

Using traditional son jarocho instruments such as 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. Band members include Daniel Jesus French, David Flores, Denise Carlos, Jose Cano, Hector Flores and Leah Rose Gallegos all play instruments and most sing, as well.

General admission tickets are $16 in advance, $18 day of show, available at; by calling 536-5850; or no fee walk-up at the Camden Town Office weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fireside Restaurant and Lounge of Camden will be serving gourmet wood-fired pizza, craft beer and fine wine selected from Fireside's extensive menu, beginning when doors open at 6:30 p.m. through intermission.

The opera house summer continues Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26, at 6:30 p.m., with a fresh St. Pepper take on “A Day in the Life: A Beatles Experience”; and Saturday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m. for a special Windjammer Festival concert by Peter, Paul and Mary’s Peter Yarrow; visit the website for details and tickets.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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