Born in the streets of Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras are children of immigrants who are remixing roots music and telling modern-day stories with what the Los Angeles Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock . . . live, they’re magnetic.”
Las Cafeteras formed as a band in 2008 with the purpose of documenting the histories of their neighborhoods through music. As musicians, they started as students of the Eastside Café project, a Zapatista-inspired community space in East Los Angeles where they were influenced by the culture, storytelling, and poetic music of son jarocho, traditional music from Veracruz, Mexico.
The band’s name derives from the organization where they took classes, the Eastside Café. However, to honor women and challenge masculine language, they feminized their group name by calling themselves, Las Cafeteras, instead of Los Cafeteros.
Their debut studio album, It’s Time, received great reviews across the country and has been featured on the BBC, NPR, and KCRW, the Santa Monica College radio station in Southern California. Their most recent album, Tastes Like L.A., boasts a more complex sound, production, and powerful set of stories steeped in the city that named them. Their new album will be released worldwide on April 14, 2017.
Las Cafeteras are storytellers, cultural ambassadors and above all musicians translating often-political themes into music that blends traditional Mexican folk tunes with the beat of the East Los Angeles streets.
—New Haven Register
Uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock
—Los Angeles Times
Creative, socially conscious . . . it’s perfect.