On Wednesday, January 15, Las Cafeteras will return to Sisters with their socially engaging show and uplifting, positive message. At a time when the lines between true and false have been insidiously blurred, Las Cafeteras is the real deal. A product and reflection of the diverse, hard-working, politically active neighborhood of East Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras presents songs of activism and celebration on their second studio album Tastes Like L.A. The album offers a powerful counterpoint to the current dominant news narrative, while encouraging people of all backgrounds to cherish both what makes them unique and what unites them all. With open hearts and open minds, Las Cafeteras offers a timely and affirmative statement to confront a troublesome time.
Over the past decade, Las Cafeteras has demonstrated that in art as in life, borders are meant to be crossed. Las Cafeteras’ new album, Tastes Like L.A, includes songs about longing for home, love, joy, community and the fight for a better world. Citing inspiration from Nina Simone’s quote, “It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times,” members of Las Cafeteras use their music to tell stories about the streets where they were raised, the communities they live in today and their dreams for the world they hope to see in the future. With their infectious and uplifting spirit, Las Cafeteras demonstrates that while the struggle for peace, justice and equality is a serious matter, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a good time along the way. If anything, the joy they bring to listeners offers an inspirational soundtrack for the march towards a better future.GET TICKETS
On Friday, February 21, Dustbowl Revival will perform their horn-driven, up-tempo Americana music that spans genres and topics with ease and intention. Dustbowl Revival has always been about pushing the boundaries of what American roots music can be. In many ways, they could have continued creating joyful, booty-shaking songs and cut-to-heart folk-rock ballads that lift up their transcendent live shows, while mining new energetic material from the place where folk music, funk and soul meet.
The band’s newest album, Is It You, Is It Me — coming January 31 via their own Medium Expectations label and Nashville’s Thirty Tigers — is something different entirely, and represents the latest stage in a band that never stops evolving and refuses to stand still. The result is a sonic revelation and a reckoning. After celebrating more than a decade of sonic adventuring, the six core members — founder Z. Lupetin, Liz Beebe, Josh Heffernan, Matt Rubin, Ulf Bjorlin and Connor Vance — knew they had to create something bigger.
With a big brass-and-strings band building the sets around them, Is It You, Is It Me isn’t afraid to explore the personal and political tension that the group may have shied away from facing before. Where the band really sets on a new course is on lushly cinematic, orchestrated set pieces like “Mirror,” “Runaway” and, most notably, the current fan favorite and live showstopper “Sonic Boom,” about the struggle to reveal who you really are in the hidden, rose-colored world of social media.GET TICKETS
On Thursday, April 9, stellar mandolin player Sierra Hull will perform with a full band, demonstrating her wide ranging and exceptional musical talent as a writer, singer and performer. Sierra Hull’s career started with a Grand Ole Opry debut at age 10. Sierra played Carnegie Hall at 12; at 13 she signed with Rounder Records and issued her debut, Secrets, garnering the first of many nominations for the IBMA’s Mandolin Player of the Year. At 17 she became the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. In 2010, she captured her first IBMA award for Recorded Event of the Year. All the while, she was shedding the prodigy tag, turning virtuoso, and recording her second album, Daybreak, with seven of her own original compositions.
In 2016, Hull tapped legendary bluegrass musician Béla Fleck to produce her third album, Weighted Mind. A departure from her opening pair of records that blended progressive elements with traditional structure, Hull birthed a Grammy-nominated masterpiece. Months later she took home the IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year award. After a near-decade of nominations, Hull broke that last glass ceiling, then she took home a pair to join it, winning again in 2017 and 2018.
Currently in the midst of work for the follow-up to Weighted Mind, her next album will consist of all original songs. Beyond that, there are compelling ideas she won’t divulge for collaborations and, perhaps, an all-instrumental record. There is a plan, but not a timetable, which is just fine with Hull.GET TICKETS