Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Tuesday October 30 2018
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
••• 21 AND OVER
~formerly Thee Commons
Cumbia Rock Callejera
garage surf rock
(formerly Thee Commons)
-from East Los Angeles, CA
-Pacheco Brothers, David and Rene, began their prolific music careers as Thee Commons; underdogs in the East L.A. music scene. Inspired by the Roots of Chicha compilations and the psych rock sounds coming out of Southern California they embraced both worlds with open arms. Unable to properly play “cumbia” rhythms they quickly learned from their peers in Boyle Heights and gave their best interpretation of the genre. High-spirited and determined they worked on a formula that would become their signature “Psychedelic Cumbia Punk” sound. A sound, not latino enough for the Mexicans nor surf enough for the psych-punks. This paradoxical approach, gregarious attitude, and live wire shows landed them slots on West Coast festival favorites, namely Coachella, Desert Daze, and Tropicalia. LA Weekly made it clear: "If Thee Commons aren’t the best live band in Los Angeles, they’re damn near the top.”
However, after 3 LP’s and a collection of EP’s and singles, the brothers Pacheco decided to work on a different live and studio sound. Seeking a new sound they were inspired by the likes of Django Reinhardt, Joan Sebastian, Edith Piaf, Meridian Brothers and obscure soundtracks by Nino Rota. Yet, rather than start from scratch the brothers expanded on their “psychedelic cumbia punk” sound and reshaped it with a cinematic, orchestrated and carnivalesque twist. With the support of their friends and family they moved forward with the idea to rebrand and start anew. Focusing on their song craft, they began to experiment with different instrumentations and working with a myriad of studio musicians. Maturing as songwriters the brothers are now faced with the challenge of presenting their studio recordings onto a live stage. All the meanwhile, they are also endlessly working on converting new and previous Thee Commons fan to join the Tropa Magica caravan.
Carlos "Qiensave" Cortez - Vocals/Guitar
Alejandro Gomez - Guitar/Vocals
William Cortez - Bass
Ricardo Cortez - Drums and Percussion
Mario Cortez - Vocals, percussion, melodica
-from Los Angeles, Salinas, Chualar
-Qiensave is a cumbia urbana group from central California with our roots stretching back to Michoacan, Mexico. We play high energy dance music that has fortunately blessed us with the opportunity to travel throughout California, Mexico and Colombia. Qiensave has existed as an musical entity since 2009, but within the last few years has picked up steam through touring, releasing their new album " Mujer" wich was produced by world renowned and Latin Grammy nominated musicians and producers suchas as Eric Canales and Sam Pura. Qiensave? has sharing the stage with acts like Celso Pi˝a, La Santa Cecilia, Fuerza de Tijuana, and La Septima Banda to name a few. With the release of our sophomore album “Mujer” this summer well be hitting the road again to share our love of music and dance with the world, because dancing keeps the body healthy and a healthy body is a healthy spirit.
Jordan Macapagal- Drums
Antonio Villegas- Bass
Darian Costa- Keys/Guitar/Backing Vocals
Eric Escobedo- Guitar/Vocals
-from San Leandro, CA
-A garage rock combo from The Manor neighborhood of San Leandro, CA, who came together over a mutual love for music, film, and comedy. With all members growing up within a square mile of each other, the band crafts a sound that blends the dark, industrial elements of SL's rich history, with a kind of ethereal, carefree nostalgia that recalls the shimmering sunshine sound of Cali's 1960s surf scene.