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Las Cafeteras

Presented by: BCT Presents

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Orchestra Pit: $USD 25.00

Main Orchestra & Lower Balcony: $USD 20.00

Upper Balcony & Bench Seats : $USD 15.00

Showtimes

Friday, February 15th 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

Description

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.

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block off the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy may be taken into the auditorium. Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs. Please contact the box office at 812.323.3020 to purchase those seats. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

BCT Presents strives to bring diverse, high-quality, nationally-touring performers to the stage each year. The series also occasionally includes  classic films.

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