***NOTICE: Priority Seating for this event is Sold Out. To RSVP for remaining seats, call the Coffee Gallery Backstage immediately at (626) 798-6236.***|
Is it possible to be unhappy when there's an accordion in the room? We think not but come see Conjunto Los Pochos and find out for yourselves. While steeped in traditional Tex-Mex Conjunto music, they are not quite your typical Tex-Mex group. Los Pochos have traversed the folk scene fusing country and blues, serenading crowds from museums to concert halls, and providing the mystical, musical ambience for theater productions throughout the United States and Canada. The two co-founders of the group met at CalArts and parlayed their degrees in Visual Arts and Jazz Piano into a lucrative career of banging out traditional Mexican music. The group includes Grammy-award winner, Lorenzo Martinez, and Ernesto Molina, who himself comes from a lineage of Mariachi royalty.
Los Pochos know how to lay down a foot-stompin' polka, dive into a whimsical Cumbia and then finesse a romantic Bolero. Whether singing in English or in Spanish, their music transcends language. Don't miss this intimate opportunity to experience the band in a cabaret-style performance space that'll leave you feeling like you've had a private concert in your own living room.
Los Pochos are returning to the Coffee Gallery Backstage after Otoño's shoulder surgery six month's ago - stronger than ever and with a new secret weapon on stage. Do not miss this show featuring new tunes and new... well, we'll leave the rest for that night.
* This show usually sells out, so order your tickets in advance to guarantee your seats (and let us know where you prefer to sit).
* Arrive early for seating and the best selection of free street parking. Seating usually starts between 7:30 & 7:45pm. Doors close at 8pm for showtime.
* Coffee, tea, desserts and other delicious treats are available at the Coffee Gallery for purchase.
What others like you are saying about Conjunto Los Pochos:
"You guys really got my attention, keep it up. My heart was touch by your magic wand music. Really love it. Wish the best for you all." ~ Wendell Diaz
"Hola! It's A Great Day for me, the reason because I found your Music, Such Great Sound I thought this music was gone but Thank God I can still listen to it...." ~ Manny
"Man! You guys are tight! I really enjoyed the show yesterday... in Industry. Great rythym section and driving energy throughout the show. Total professionals and great entertainers. Wow!" ~ Stan Townsend
"You guys rip! ...I thought I was going to have to go to Texas to get the real thing!" ~ Frank Marciuska
More about Conjunto Los Pochos:
Conjunto Los Pochos' core members, Otoño Luján (button-accordion) and Elliott Baribeault (bajo sexto) met in 1996 at the California Institute of the Arts. The two Southern California natives started playing traditional conjunto music as a duet at backyard barbeques and private parties. In the summer of 1997, the four-piece ensemble "Conjunto Los Pochos" was born.
The band's name initially came about to address the perceived peculiarity of a bunch of [primarily] acculturated Mexicans (Pochos), barely speaking Spanish and playing "Norteño" music (border music from Northern Mexico). Ironically though, this music - having stemmed from the merging of European and Texas-Mexican cultures in the late 1800's - continues to reflect the process of Pochismo (or acculturation) through its lyrics and music.
Conjunto Los Pochos has lived this music at dance halls, weddings, concerts and a variety of venues from the Eastside to the Westside, throughout Southern California and across the country. They have developed their unique sound that combines elements of both Texas and Mexico conjunto styles with original music as well as classic favorites. They have been joined by Ernesto Molina (1999) and veteran musician, Lorenzo Martinez (2001), who have toured and recorded two CDs with the band: "Margie's" (2004) and "Dame Más Amor" (2009). Los Pochos has performed regularly at the Annual Grassroots Music Festivals and at the Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival in San Antonio, Texas. The band has performed alongside legendary musicians such as Flaco Jimenez, Poncho Sánchez, Valerio Longoria, Los Dos Gilbertos and Little Joe y La Familia.
Los Pochos has arrived at the year 2013 successfully presenting a genuine L.A. expression of traditional Conjunto music to a steadily growing audience that cuts across race, nationality and social status.
About Conjunto Music:
It may be confusing to the uninitiated that the Spanish word Conjunto translates as "group," because not every band with the word "conjunto" in their name actually performs in the specific musical style also known as conjunto. Genuine conjunto is a small-group dance music, driven by accordion and bajo sexto, and is actually native to Texas and northern Mexico. Outside of Texas, conjunto music is generally referred to as "la musica norteña," or simply norteño, with the only real differences being location and the preference of conjunto for the ranchera song form over the corrido; conjunto is also very similar to Tejano music, except that its sensibility is more rural and traditional than modern or urban. In addition to being primarily dance-oriented, conjunto has also had a historical role as the music of the working classes, its celebratory exuberance and often tough, rowdy lyrical themes setting it apart. The standard conjunto ensemble features an accordion (usually a simple diatonic model), bajo sexto (a baritone-range twelve-string guitar), bass, and drums, along with one or two expressive vocalists. This format solidified around the 1950s, but its roots date back to the late 1800s, when the Mexican population in the area was introduced to the accordion and to various European folk dances - polkas, waltzes, redovas, mazurkas, schottisches - by German and Czech immigrants living in southern Texas. - Copyright © MUSICMATCH
The Coffee Gallery Backstage (View)
2029 N. Lake Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001
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