Upcoming Live Events

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Gualala: Four-Eyed Frog Books and Sea Trader
Point Arena: Arena Market and The Pier Chowder House and Tap Room
Fort Bragg: Tangents

Balas

BALAS (Bay Area Latin Alternative Showcase) presents The Latin Music Concert featuring extraordinary Latin Music performers: Caribbean grooves with La Mixta Criolla, artist and activist Rico Pabon, Carne Cruda, the world's premier Post-Latin band, and De Bahia a Bahia with Dandara, the Brazilian Tina Turner!

  • La Mixta Criolla: 8 p.m. - 9p.m.
  • Rico Pabon: 9 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

  • Intermission: 9:45 p.m. - 10:05 p.m.

  • Carne Cruda: 10:05 p.m. - 11:05 p.m.
  • Dandara & De Bahia a Bahia: 11:05 p.m. - 12:10 p.m.

La Mixta Criolla
La Mixta Criolla is a music and dance ensemble inspired by the rich and diverse musical culture of Puerto Rico and the wider Caribbean. The band's repertoire of originals and funky renditions of classic pieces, features a variety of swinging Latin Caribbean grooves, from plena, bomba, guaracha jíbara, seisand aguinaldo, to merengue, son, rumba, cumbia and salsa. And the band is as comfortable, and passionate playing a slow seis con decimas, a bolero, or a classic danza. La CD AfroTaino (2011) received outstanding reviews from dancers, DJs, and Latin music lovers from California, to New York, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and beyond!

Rico Pabon
Born into a family of musicians, dancing and playing music was just an everyday part of living. Rico found his voice as an emcee at the age of 15 and has since released 5 full length albums and has appeared on numerous compilations and collaborations garnering him much critical acclaim. A natural performer, Rico's vocal stamina, clarity and rhythm combined with the passionate delivery of his "true to life" lyrics make his energy on stage explosive and captivating. An MC whose artistry and activism are one in the same, Pabon says "I feel like it's my personal mission to stand for positivity no matter what mainstream folks are doing. I usually start my shows off a cappella, because I want the people to know that I'm trying to uplift their spirits and speak to their hearts, not just put words together and make them sound good, nor am I a merchant of death. I am life. I am the sun, and no different from a plant or flower in nature, if drowned in darkness, we look for the direction of the sun."

Carne Cruda
The world's premier Post-Latin band! Raw and ready to rock, Carne Cruda hits the scene hard with the unbridled energy of the rowdiest latin music. Blending Surf with Cumbia, Son with Soca, and traditional with indie, the Carne Crudeboys (and Crudegirl) are a plastic flamingo on the neatly kempt lawn of Salsa music, jumping and shouting all over the tennis courts of the Latin traditionalists. When the Buena Vista Social Club gets Red Hot Chili Pepper-ified and They Might Be Giants eat Willie Colon, you know Carne Cruda is rocking the house. Produced by four-time Grammy-nominated producer Greg Landau (Susana Baca, Maldita Vecindad), don't miss Carne Cruda.

De Bahia a Bahia
Mashing together styles from all over Latin America and the Caribbean with Dandara acting as Carnaval Queen brings you this energetic mix of Bacanalean proportions. De Bahia a Bahia is the shining result of a provocative collaboration, and the band is sure to knock your socks off. The unbridled energy of Dandara, often referred to as the Brazilian Tina Turner, is coupled with the creative powerhouse Carne Cruda, resulting in a wild Carnavalian experience. Producer Greg Landau fans the flames, and De Bahia a Bahia rages into an unstoppable inferno.

Balas

Showtime:
Saturday May 3
Show Starts: 8:00 PM
Doors Open: 7:30 PM

Tickets:
$15 General
$10 Youth

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From the people who brought you Fishtank Ensemble comes another fun dance band with lots of energy:

Dustbowl Revival: A Spicy Roots Cocktail

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The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930's to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival boldly brings together many styles of traditional American music. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show meeting Louis Armstrong's Hot Seven Band in New Orleans or Bob Dylan and Fats Waller jamming with Mumford & Sons on a front porch in 1938.

Growing steadily from a small string band playing up and down the west coast (hundreds shows in the last two years), DBR has blossomed into a traveling collective featuring instrumentation that often includes fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, banjo, accordion, tuba, pedal steel, drums, guitars, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck.

The Music and latest releases
With an enthusiastic and growing national following, DBR released their first LP "You Can't Go Back To The Garden of Eden" to rave reviews. Their tune "Dan's Jam", received Americana Song Of The Year honors by the Independent Music Awards (Tom Waits, Ozzy Osbourne judging). The group has placed songs in several independent films and TV projects including "Made In China" (IFC) which won SXSW, and in an upcoming episode of FOX's AMERICAN IDOL. National radio play includes LA's KCRW and KCSN, Austin's KGSR, SF's KPFA and Seattle's taste-making KEXP.

Their EP + vinyl 7'' "Holy Ghost Station" was released in the summer of 2011 under the auspices of Raymond Richards with Rockets Red Glare (Local Natives) and throughout the last two years Dustbowl played with artists as diverse as The Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz band, Trombone Shorty, Best Coast, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers and more, hosting shows from Chicago to Seattle, New York, Nashville, Chicago, Anchorage and San Diego as well as playing festivals like Outside Lands, Musikfest, Lightning In a Bottle, Make Music Pasadena and The New LA Folk Festival.

2014 is set to be a banner year for the band. Their 2013 album Carry Me Home (produced by Eric Lilavois) is rising on the folk charts. Merging their vintage style with a hip, lose-your-troubles-and-start-moving vibe, the record perfectly encompasses the band's upbeat message. Beautiful blue vinyls are now for sale too. After touring the east coast and midwest in 2013, the band also made an appearance at The Mountain Song Bluegrass Cruise to The Bahamas (Punch Brothers, David Grisman). Stops in Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada helped spread the word across the west and they are planning extended national tours in the new year. April to the Midwest, May to the Pacific Northwest and June to the East Coast! A new Daytrotter mini-album just dropped and can be found HERE.

What they say
"A nine-piece band replete with tuba, washboard, accordion, fiddle, mandolin, trumpet and guitar joyously pumped out early 20th century standards and original tunes that would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans' French Quarter. The musicians, in flapper-inspired dresses, are members of a ragtag outfit called the Dustbowl Revival, strumming, sawing and puffing enthusiastically as smiling listeners on the dance floor swung their partners infectiously." - LA TIMES

"An old-time medicine show featuring the kind of roots music that normally isn't my cup of twang, except it offered great bands like the Dustbowl Revival, whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day." - R. Sheffield, ROLLING STONE

Dustbowl Revival

Showtime:
Saturday May 17
Show Starts: 8:00 PM
Doors Open: 7:30 PM

Tickets:
$18 General
$15 Members with Card
$10 Youth

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