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La Misa Negra at #Encuentro36

December 3, 2017
7:00 pm
The Chapel

It's that time of the year again! Accion Latina's annual concert series, Encuentro del Canto Popular, celebrates its 36th year of celebrating peoples' movements by inviting La Misa Negra to fill The Chapel with some cuuuuuumbia! We're inviting two more bands to hit the stage that night through our Encuentritos Sessions 10/14 & 11/11. Root for your favorite band to rock #Encuentro36! Next Encuentrito Sessions: 10/14 - Encuentrito Sessions Round 2 Accion Latina 2958 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, California, known for their unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music.On stage, they deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy, powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage-inspired sound. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, La Misa Negra has toured the country, sharing stages and festival bills with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, Mon Laferte, Julieta Venegas, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, George Clinton, Antibalas, Budos Band, and Ozomatli.On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, they have gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides. Founded by composer, guitarist, and accordion player, Marco Polo Santiago, the band consists of Colombian-born Diana Trujillo (lead vocals), Justin Chin (tenor & baritone sax), Morgan Nilsen (tenor sax & clarinet), Craig Bravo (drums & percussion), Elena de Troya (percussion), and Paul Martin Sounder (upright bass & percussion).Together, the unlikely collective combines a wealth of musical influences as diverse as their cultural backgrounds, but it's Marco Polo's affinity for hip-hop and heavy metal that inspires much of the band's sound and identity - evident in their name, on-stage antics, and popular t-shirt designs. Now, four years after dropping their debut album, La Misa Negra returns with a self-titled, sophomore effort that they've jokingly dubbed, "the red album."Channeling Colombia's Golden Age, they dive into retro-future cumbia, with tracks like "Me Voy Pa' Porce"and"Acosadora," and tap deep into their Afro-Colombian influences by incorporating traditional styles, such as currulao and tambora.They showcase their love for Latin jazz on the monster Salsa tune, "Pistola,"and their hyper-speed reimagining of the Cuban classic, "Yayabo."They also allude to their non-Latin influences, with instrumental tracks and samples that pay homage to Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains, and Wu-Tang Clan.Finding common ground between their heavy metal leanings and mambo-inspired horn lines, La Misa Negra's arrangements serve as the perfect delivery mechanism for both their humorous storytelling and exploration of heavier subject matter, like gun violence, water scarcity, and gender inequality. With their second release, the powerhouse septet unleashes 12 tracks that capture the raw energy of their live shows and solidify them as a new force in today's Afro-Latin music scene. About Encuentro del Canto Popular: Founded in 1982, the Encuentro del Canto Popular festival has featured artists from across Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. It has embraced and promoted nueva cancion (new song), traditional music, and innovative Latin fusion that send a melodic message of peace and solidarity to the world. The Encuentro has provided a venue where acclaimed artists come together with emerging musicians to create cultural alchemy and inspiration. Past artists include: Carlos Santana, La Santa Cecilia, Soltron, La Mecanica Popular, Irene Diaz, Diana Gameros, Bang Data, LoCura, BRWN BFLO, Rupa & The April Fishes, John Santos Quintet, Agustin Lira, Quetzal, Omar Sosa, Tania Libertad, Rafael Manriquez among many more! Special Thanks to: Grants for the Arts California Arts Council El Tecolote Calle 24 The Chapel

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