Rodrigo y Gabriela perform at The Anthem on Oct. 6, 2021. (Photo by Rashad Polk)
Some of the best art is created at the intersection of different cultures and traditions. Rodrigo y Gabriela, the Grammy-winning guitar duo who played The Anthem recently, represent just such an intersection. Natives of Mexico City, Mexico, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quinto grew up under the dual influence of heavy metal (especially Metallica, but also Slayer, Overkill, Testament and Megadeth) and Latin music (including flamenco, as well as the traditions of their home country).
Rodrigo Y Gabriela (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)
Rodrigo y Gabriela celebrate a new EP, JAZZ, with an eagerly awaited series of US tour dates, including a show at The Anthem on Wednesday, Oct. 6.
Rodrigo y Gabriela perform at Wolf Trap on June 7, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
The summer air dances before the solstice at Wolf Trap, thrumming with music, thick with humidity, a gentler crowd settling onto its lawns. In early June, as the sun sets and the scent of flowers still percolates on humid breezes, Wolf Trap finds its easiest sense of beauty.
Le Butcherettes perform at DC9 on March 2, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
Led by founding member and singer/guitarist/keyboardist Teri Gender Bender, Le Butcherettes slaughtered a sold-out crowd at DC9 Nightclub recently. This fearless musical force is another one of those bands that I never miss an opportunity to catch performing live.
Le Butcherettes perform at The Stand Ballroom in Providence, Rhode Island, on Aug. 8, 2018. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
Need an innovative artsy punk rock band to see?!? Look no further. Le Butcherettes are that and then some. Now is your chance to see this fearless musical force for yourself. See Le Butcherettes live at DC9 Nightclub on Saturday, March 2. Time is of the essence though. If the show hasn’t already sold out already, it most likely will by Saturday night.
Las Cafeteras (Photo courtesy of Las Cafeteras)
The LA-based chicano band, Las Cafeteras, performs free at the National Museum of the American Indian on Sunday, October 30th as part of the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos festival, featuring other performances, demos and artists. The Smithsonian Latino Center hosts the weekend-long festival.
Las Cafeteras will play at the museum’s Potomac Atrium at 3:30pm.
Las Cafeteras mix a variety of musical styles, new and old, for a unique blend of sounds and storytelling. Notably son jarocho, a folk music style from Veracruz, Mexico.
Watch them perform live at Seattle’s KEXP, including their infectious take on “La Bamba Rebelde”. And yes, that is a giant mandible doubling as a musical instrument!
The band members are Denise Carlos, Leah Gallegos, Daniel French, David Flores, Hector Flores and Jose Cano.
National Museum of the American Indian
Sunday, October 30, 2016
The U.S. Doesn’t Produce Champions and Other Soccer Statements
Clubs from Mexico have dominated the CONCACAF Champions League. (Note: CONCACAF stands for the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.)
In fact, no other country has won this 24 soccer club competition since they changed the format in 2008 (to emulate the far more popular and successful European version known as the UEFA Champions League).
This particular competition suffers from a lack of true interest north of Mexico. Few in the U.S. follow and fewer still can be roused enough to cheer their Major League Soccer (MLS) team on to victory.
Eight teams remain in the 2015-2016 edition. Four U.S. clubs vs. four Mexican clubs. The team with the highest aggregate score over two games (home/away) advances to the next round.
Your DC United just happens to be one of the remaining U.S. clubs!
They play the second leg of the Quarterfinals tonight, March 1st, at RFK Stadium against the Mexican side, Club Queretaro. So rouse yourself and get your tickets now!
DC United lost 2-0 on the road to Queretaro last week, so they have their work cut out for them. But you already knew that. Let’s see if the U.S. has what it takes.
CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals: DC United (USA) vs. Club Queretaro (Mexico)
Tuesday, March 1