Julieta Venegas to Take Part in Soda Stereo’s Gracias Totales Tour

Julieta Venegasis helping Soda Stereogive Gracias.

The 49-year-old Mexican American singer and Grammy winner will serve as a special guest on Soda Stereo bassist Zeta Bosio and drummer Charly Alberti’s Gracias Totales tour, which will be making stops in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Houston. 

Julieta Venegas

Soda Stereo and their guests will take the stage to sing some of the band’s greatest hits and honor the legacy of late frontman Gustavo Cerati.

In addition to Venegas, other special guests include Soda Stereo’s first vocalist and the Cerati’s great friend Richard ColemanAterciopeladosAndrea EcheverriDraco Rosa; and Gustavo Santaolalla

More than 10 years after Cerati last hit the stage at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena in 2007, Soda Stereo’s members – joined by their special guests via in-person or audiovisual format – will perform some of their timeless hits, like “De Musica Ligera,” “Persiana Americana,” “Tratame Suavemente” and more.

Coleman, Draco, Santaolalla and Venegas will join Zeta and Charly at their shows in New York and Miami. Echeverri will then take over Venegas’ spot at the Los Angeles and Houston shows.

Joining via video are Rubén Albarránfrom Café Tacvba; Cerati’s son BenitoBabasonicos’ Adrián DárgelosLos Tresand Pettinellis’ Álvaro HenríquezJuanesMon LaferteLeón LarreguiFernando Ruiz Díazfrom Catupecu Machu; and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin

The tour, presented by Loud and Live and Move Concerts, will honor the late Argentine frontman and guitarist Gustavo Cerati, who died on September 4, 2014, after suffering a stroke. According to an official statement, technology will allow Cerati’s voice and image to be part of the show.

The Gracias Totales tour marks Soda Stereo’s farewell trek. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.

Here are the dates:

April 14 — New York @ Barclays Center
April 17 — Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
April 22 — Houston, TX @ Smart Financial
April 25 — Los Angeles, CA @ Forum

Molotov to Headline the First-Edition of Vive Latino in Europle, Vive Latino Zaragoza

Molotovis bringing their sound to the Iberian Peninsula…

The Mexican rap rock band has been named one of the headliners of the first edition of the Mexican mega festival Vive Latino to be held in Europe. 

Molotov

A new event, branded Vive Latino and characterized by the “quality, vanguard and independence” of the 20-year-old must-attend annual Mexican festival, will take place in Zaragoza, Spain.

Vive Latino Zaragoza is set to take place on September 11 and 12, with performances by headliners Molotov, BunburyVetusta MorlaLeivaAndrés CalamaroCafé Tacvba,TabureteKase.O and Ara Malikian.

The more-than 40 announced rock and alternative acts, both iconic and emerging, on the monster line up also include AterciopeladosMon LaferteDengue Dengue DengueMiss BoliviaBabasónicosMexican Institute of SoundLittle JesusXimena Sariñana and León Benavente.

They said in an announcement that Vive Latino Zaragoza will transport “the attitude and identity of the festival with the most tradition and success in Latin America.”

Vive Latino Zaragoza will take place at the Espacio Expo, the grounds of the 2008 International Expo.

Upon announcing the festival, the city’s Vice Mayor, Sara Fernández, stated that Vive Latino Zaragoza will allow the city to “reclaim the importance it is due on a national and international level” and “put Zaragoza back on the cultural map.”

Café Tacvba Performs Four Original Songs at the NPR Music Tiny Desk Stage

Café Tacvba doesn’t need a large stage to make an impact…

The five-piece Mexican band brightened the NPR Music Tiny Desk stage with four original songs in a performance released on Friday.

Café Tacvba 

Café Tacvba brought an arsenal of instruments into the cozy space, including ukuleles, guitars, drums, a bass and a melodica.

They opened with the lively “Olita del Altamar,” with singer Rubén Ortega, donning a blue kimono and two top knots, hopping around the setup centered behind a desk in a book-filled office during the song as he joyfully sang in his signature ragged voice.

The group followed with the noticeably more relaxed “Diente de León,” during which Ortega closed his eyes and raised his hands, getting lost in the gentle guitar strumming and warm drum beats.

Las Flores” flipped the script with an energetic tempo, which inspired the whole room to clap along to the fun ska groove. The band closed their set with “Que No,” an easygoing ballad about love and moving on.

Los Tigres del Norte to Perform at the Tropicália Music and Taco Festival

Los Tigres del Norte are ready to hail the Queen…

The Grammy-winning Mexican norteño group are set to perform at the Tropicália Music and Taco Festival at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, CA.

Los Tigres del Norte

Los Tigres del Norte join a list of more than 50 artists that includes Os Mutantes, Kali Uchis, Café Tacvba and Ivy Queen.

The Tropicália Music and Taco Festival will take place on November 11.

King Krule, Celso Piña, Chicano Batman and Wanda Jackson are also on the multi-generational, multi-lingual bill, according to festival promoters The Observatory Group.

Tickets are now on sale at the festival website starting at $85 and topping at a “Rage on the Stage” VIP pass priced at $500 per person. The price includes all-you-can-eat tacos until 4 p.m. from over two dozen area taquerias.

Here’s the full list of artists slated to play Tropicália:

Alina Baraz
Beach Bums
Brenton Wood
Buttertones
Buyepongo
Café Tacvba
Celso Piña
Chicano Batman
Chulity Vinly Club
Chrome Sparks (DJ Set)
Cuco
Current Joys
Dub Cub
Evelyn “Champagne” King
Funky Sole
Ginuwine
Goldlink
High Curbs
Inner Wave
Ivy Queen
Jack Moves
Jeanette
Jessie Reyez
Jhene Aiko
Jorja Smith
Kali Uchis
King Rule
La Banda Skalavera
Las Cafeteras
Los Tigres Del Norte
Low End Theory
Madlibe
Os Mutantes
Phoney Ppl
Pity Party
Red Pears
Sad Girl
Sango
Scam & Jam
Slow Hollows
Smino
Sonora Dinamita
Surf Curse
Summer Salt
The Delfonics
Thee Commons
Very Be Careful
Weapons of Mass Creation
Wanda Jackson
XXYYXX
Yellow Days

La Santa Cecilia & Mon Laferte Give New Life to Café Tacvba’s “Ingráta”

La Santa Cecilia and Mon Laferte are celebrating one of Mexico’s most popular bands…

The Mexican-American band joined voices with the 34-year-old Chilean singer-songwriter to pay tribute to the rock band Café Tacvba with a new version of  “Ingráta.”

La Santa Cecilia & Mon Laferte

The song was recorded live on a rooftop alongside the Zocalo, the Historic Center of Mexico City – allowing viewers to appreciate the classic colonial architecture of the Metropolitan Cathedral, along with the songs’ traditional folkloric sound.

Café Tacvba to Release New Album “Jei Beibi” in May, Relase New Single “Que no”

It’ll be a special Cinco de Mayo for Café Tacvba fans…

Following the premiere of the Mexican band’s latest singles “Un par de lugares,” “Futuro” and “Disolviéndonos,” Café Tacvba has finally announced May 5 as the release date for their new album Jei Beibi

Café Tacvba

The Mexican quartet also dropped a ’70s-inspired ballad titled “Que no” along with the announcement.

“‘Que no’ is a song about love and heartbreak,” songwriter and bassist Quique Rangel said in a statement. “We were able to reach sounds that we had never explored before and evoke rock bands from the ’70s.”

Jei Beibi follows the Mexican band’s 2012 Grammy-nominated LP El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco.

Here’s a look at the band’s upcoming tour dates in the U.S.:

April 20 – New York
September 17 – Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)
October 15 – Los Angeles (Walt Disney Hall with Gustavo Dudamel and Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Gente de Zona to Co-Headline Celia Cruz Tribute at the Hollywood Bowl

Gente de Zona is preparing to pay tribute to a late compatriot…

The Cuban reggaeton group, comprised of Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom Martinez, will perform at the the Hollywood Bowl’s special tribute honoring Celia Cruz.

Gente de Zona

Co-headlined by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Angélique Kidjo and Gente de Zona, the tribute to the late Queen of Salsa will take place on August 9 as part of the Hollywood Bowl’s Jazz at the Bowl summer series.

In addition to the Latin Grammy-winning duo and Kidjo, Pedrito Martinez will also perform at the tribute.

The Pedrito Martinez Group, whose Habana Dreams album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Tropical Albums chart last June, will be the opening act.

It’ll be the first time Gente de Zona has performed at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Hollywood Bowl’s summer season this year. See you soon in California,” the “Traidora” singers tweeted.

The Celia Cruz tribute is part of the Hollywood Bowl’s summer 2017 lineup recently announced. Other Latin artists on the summer schedule include Café Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia and Mon Laferte, who will perform at the Bowl on Sepember 17 as part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA series.

Café Tacvba Releases Brand New Single “Futuro”

The futuro looks bright for Café Tacvba

The Mexican band has released a brand new single titled “Futuro,” just in time for the new year.

Café Tacvba

The track features deep lyrics about a fresh new start and enjoying the here and now.

“The relationship between life and death and the perception of time are two themes that ‘Futuro’ explores without solemnity or optimism,” says band member and vocalist on the track Quique Rangel. “But it also points to a brighter promise if we allow ourselves to recognize the here and now (without the desire to be a self-help song).”

Emmanuel Del Real (aka Meme), who developed the electronic programming in the song, adds: “It was Quique’s turn and he brought us ‘Futuro.’ This is one of those songs that, when it arrived to the group, gave us the opportunity to be who we really are: a group who is always trying to reinvent ourselves and take risks. This is a song that has a lot of qualities: it’s primitive yet sophisticated, it has a great sense of humor yet the lyrics are deep. It has elements that allow us, in a fun way, to shape this piece that represents the freedom of creativity that exists within Café Tacvba.”

The folk song with electronica beats and vocals by Rangel and lead singer Rubén Albarrán was produced by the legendary Gustavo Santaolalla, who’s been a longtime collaborator of the band.

“Futuro” follows the chilanga banda‘s single “Un par de lugares,” which premiered back in September.

Both tracks will part of Café Tacvba’s forthcoming album due in spring.

Café Tacvba Signs with William Morris Endeavor

Café Tacvba has new representation…

The Mexican art-rock band has signed with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

Café Tacvba

The announcement from WME precedes the band’s new album, and an 18-month worldwide tour coming in spring 2017.

The debut single from Café Tacvba’s new album, the band’s first since 2012’s El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco, dropped in late September.

Gustavo Santaolla, who with Café Tacvba was instrumental in shaping the sound of Latin alternative, is producing the album.

Daft Punk collaborator Mick Guzauski is engineering and mixing the new release.

The influential, three-decade-old group, comprised of Rubén Albarrán, Emmanuel del Real, Enrique Rangel and Joselo Rangel, will play the House of Blues in Chicago on December 20 and 21.

A string of still to be announced North and South American dates are expected to be begin in April 2017.

Bosé Adds Pablo Alborán, Ximena Sariñana & More to His MTV Unplugged Concert Guest List

Miguel Bosé is unplugging with more Latin superstars…

The Spanish musician and actor has added Pablo AlboránManá‘s Alex and Sergio and Ximena Sariñana to the list of special guests slated to take part in his MTV Unplugged concert.

Miguel Bose

The additions join previously announced Latin superstars FonsecaMarco Antonio Solís, Natalia Lafourcade and Benny Ibarra for the musical event.

Alborán took to social media to confirm his appearance alongside his fellow Spaniard.

“I have landed in Mexico City where we are ready to shoot Bosé’s MTV Unplugged. It will be a special and magical night and I think everyone will really enjoy it,” said the “Se Puede Amar” singer on Instagram.

 

The Spanish singer/songwriter’s Unplugged is set to be recorded on Thursday, May 12 in Mexico City and will be aired in the U.S and throughout Latin America in September.

Bosé joins a long list of Latin acts who have recorded an MTV Unplugged including Café TacvbaShakira and Los Tigres del Norte.