Y La Bamba Hold Remix Contest
Go On Extensive Tour
Y La Bamba recently released Court the Storm, a haunting second full-length of delicately crafted art folk, and has just unveiled a US tour in support.
To kick off the tour, the band is running a remix contest. Y La Bamba is calling all re-imaginaries, beat-b
akers and musical surgeons to come up with as a remix for their tune "Bendito." The sky is the limit and there are no rules. Cut it up, change the beat, run it through your lawn mower...do whatever you want, but the deadline to be done is August, 1st 2012! Check out the prizes and download the stems on the band's remix page, then upload your remix to Soundcloud and post your track on the band's Facebook page to enter.
Listen/Post the original version of "Bendito"
Frontwoman, Luzelena 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 (who 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 their label's store/headquarters in downtown Portland).
Y La Bamba also 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.
Y La Bamba on tour!
Jun. 24 Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
Jun. 26 Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Jazz Festival with Avett Brothers
Jul. 5 Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival
Jul. 6 Davis, CA - Sophia's Thai Kitchen
Jul. 7 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall with Grupo Fantasma (all ages)
Jul. 10 Portland, OR - Chinese Garden
Jul. 21 Dayton, OR - Sokol Blosser Winery
Aug. 4-5 Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
Aug. 15 Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe
Aug. 16 Santa Monica, CA - Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert with Amadou & Mariam
Aug. 17 San Diego, CA - The Casbah
Aug. 18 Phoenix, AZ - MIM Music Theater
Aug. 19 Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture Center
Aug. 22 Austin, TX - Cactus Cafe (all ages)
Aug. 23 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
Aug. 24 New Orleans, LA - All Ways Lounge
Aug. 25 Atlanta, GA - Star Community Bar*
Aug. 26 Carrboro, NC - The ArtsCenter
Aug. 27 Washington, DC - The Hamilton*
Aug. 28 Philadelphia, PA- World Cafe Live (upstairs)*
Aug. 29 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory (all ages)*
Aug. 30 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge*
Aug. 31 Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki*
Sep. 1 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern*
Sep. 2 Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern*
Sep. 5 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center*
Sep. 29 Bend, OR - Bend Roots Festival
* w/ Chris Pureka