Y La Bamba Announces West Coast Fall Tour
Frontwoman Curates Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
Portland own Y La Bamba released their sophomore album, Court the 1db8 Storm, this year and has just unveiled a West Coast tour in support. Y La Bamba caught the ear of Grammy award-winning producer and Los Lobos member, Steve Berlin, who offered to produce Court the Storm. Berlin's production style completed the band's vision of mariachi-inspired indie folk, and has won the band critical praise from Rolling Stone, Spin, NPR, MTV, the World, KEXP, KCRW, and more. With four of the eleven songs in Spanish, Luz embraced her heritage and personal experiences during the writing of the album. The outcome, Court the Storm, is rich with lush vocal harmonies and compelling musical arrangements, where Mendoza's voice floats over brilliant chamber pop and thrumming Latin-inspired rhythms.
Frontwoman, Luzelena Mendoza, is also currating a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration here in Portland. The celebration will be held November 1 at Holocene and will feature performances by Papi and his Orquesta Pacifico Tropical, Edna Vasquez with No Passengers, and Death Songs. There will also be a presentation of the play The Ancestors by Maestro Victor.
Mendoza's songs draw from her strict Catholic upbringing as an only daughter of a Mexican immigrant and the vocal harmonies of the Latin music she grew up around. The 2010 release of their debut on Tender Loving Empire saw critical praise from NPR, Bust, Filter, and The Fader, among others, and had Y La Bamba touring with bands like Horse Feathers, Typhoon, and Neko Case . Neko Case also asked the band to open for her on east and west coast tour dates, and leant her vocals to the title track of Court The Storm after joining the ranks of listeners charmed by the band when she heard their album playing at the Tender Loving Empire Store in downtown Portland.
Y La Bamba
Nov 24 @Aladdin Theater
Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm