March 23: Las Cafeteras

By Ryan Patchin
Posted March 13, 2017


Los Angeles-based band Las Cafeteras will perform at Metropolitan State,  as part of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts World Music and Dance Series.

The live performance will be from 1-2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23, in the Fine Arts Studio,  677 E. 7th Street, Saint Paul.

The self-described “immigrant children” of Las Cafeteras remix roots music and tell modern day stories with what the LA Times calls a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock.”

From the South African struggle against Apartheid to the Nuevo Canto (New Music) movement in Chile, music has been used as a tool for liberation, as well as a means to dismantle oppression.  This workshop takes participants through an interactive timeline of the untold history of the musical movement in the United States.  This interactive workshop will provide US history through a new lens and share video and audio of past and present artist who risked their careers, as well as their lives, in order to sing a new song.  From hip-hop to son jarocho, from jazz to rock, Las Cafeteras engage participants in a performance lecture through a visual and audio people of color timeline to gain an understanding of music’s role in social movements in the U.S.

The show is hosted by the Program in Experimental Music and Intermedia Arts, School of Communications, Writing, and the Arts. For more information, contact David Means at 651.999-5963 or .