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Mexican Independence Day Celebration with Ceci Bastida, Roka Hueka, and Chicano Heat!
Sep
16
4:00 PM16:00

Mexican Independence Day Celebration with Ceci Bastida, Roka Hueka, and Chicano Heat!

FIRSTBANK LATIN CONCERT SERIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY 95.7 THE PARTY PRESENTS

MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
WITH
CECI BASTIDA
AND
ROKA HUEKA

Ceci Bastida was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico where as a teenager she was a founding member of Mexican ska-punk pioneers Tijuana NO. After joining the band of Julieta Venegas as keyboardist and back-up singer, she went solo and has now released two critically acclaimed full length albums, Veo la Marea (featuring contributions by Diplo, Tim Armstrong, & Rye Rye) and La Edad de la Violencia (produced by XXXChange and Luke Top). Her song “Cuando Vulevas a Caer” was nominated for a Latin Grammy and her mix of beat and horn blasted songs with political and social commentaries on everything from immigration to the drug war has been featured on NPR, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone Mexico, among others. Currently, she is also a member of Mexrrissey and is collaborating with South African musician/producer Spoek Mathambo. 

 

ROKA HUEKA

Combining traditional and contemporary Latin ska, Roka Hueka is a band with members originating from Mexico, El Salvador, and the US. Singer Andres Gonzalez brought his love for energetic ska from Chihuahua, Mexico to Colorado. Finding time from his job as a construction worker, he formed one of Denver’s only Latin Ska groups in the fall of 2013.

Seasoned Bassist Ric Urrutia has played with political Latin-fusion/hip-hop act Debajo del Agua since 2006. He has also collaborated with Roka Hueka drummer Blake Pendergrass performing with local hip-hop artists. Rounding out Roka Hueka are the jazz-trained horn section. Trombonist Hansen Millison has played music since age 10 in concert band, marching band, jazz band, youth orchestra, pit orchestra, and a Middle Eastern music ensemble, currently is going for a music and psychology double major at CU boulder. In the pursuing of a trombone performance degree with a jazz emphasis. and trumpet player Matt Wikolak is studying music at CU Boulder and has shared the stage with nationally renowned musicians including Dave Douglas, Art Lande, and Paa Kow. 

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Cumbia Festival featuring La Tropa Vallenata, Tropical Kaoba, Los Chavos Dun Dun and special guests
Sep
3
1:00 PM13:00

Cumbia Festival featuring La Tropa Vallenata, Tropical Kaoba, Los Chavos Dun Dun and special guests

FIRSTBANK LATIN CONCERT SERIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY 95.7 THE PARTY PRESENTS

CUMBIA FESTIVAL
FEATURING LA TROPA VALLENATA, TROPICAL KAOBA, LOS CHAVOS DUN DUN AND SPECIAL GUESTS

La Tropa Vallenata is a grouping of the vallenato genus. Founded in Mexico initially for 1984 by Alfonso Rios and conformed by Alonso Ibarra, Elias Moreno, Javier Miranda, Jose De Jesus Silva, Arnulfo Elizondo, Jorge Zavala, Manuel Silva, José Luis Elizondo, Fernando Nuñez.

 

TROPICAL KAOBA

This young talent organization was originally founded as TROPICAL KAOBA in 2000 in the city of Denver, USA by Gustavo Nava who was the main founder supported by Oscar Mendoza, Juan Islands all coming from Iztapalapa on the CD from Mexico. It is noteworthy that they were members of a group with a great trajectory in Mexico and the USA in the late 80's and 90's but decided to try their luck in the American Union and this is how, based on a lot of effort and sacrifice began this organization. Later they invited six young people with a lot of talent to be able to give the authentic sound to tropical music. This is how this group has formed that has managed to reach the taste of people and has been placed as a favorite of the music guapachoza.

LOS CHAVOS DUN DUN

The dun dun boys of the region lagunera mexico the group was formed in the year 2001 radican in denver co usa. Are 8 elements in the majority of the lagunera region. 

 

 

 

 

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Inspector with iZCALLi
Aug
31
4:30 PM16:30

Inspector with iZCALLi

FIRSTBANK LATIN CONCERT SERIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY 95.7 THE PARTY PRESENTS

INSPECTOR
WITH
iZCALLi

The band Inspector (from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) fuses classic Jamaican rhythms with the feel of Mexican pop.

Their style is a blend of ska, reggae, nostalgia for the 1960s rock-n-roll and the great romantic groups of the 1970s, in addition a romantic style of their own. They are part of the musical movement called the Avanzada Regia.

 

iZCALLi

iZCALLi makes the kind of music you leave home to: melancholy folk phrases lashed to driving beats that pin the pedal to the floor — that molotov of nostalgia and exhilaration, the immigrant song. It’s a feeling iZCALLi — named for the Mexican birthplace of member-siblings Miguel (lead guitar/vocals) and Brenda Avina (bass) and the Nahuatl word for rebirth — knows well. Born on both sides of the border (drummer Luiggy Ramirez hails from Colorado) and formed in the Denver over ten years ago, iZCALLi has, over the course of three LPs and hundreds of shows, swigged its evolving sound from both wells of tradition, from Latin-tinged echoes to punching rock to filthy blues, in English and in Español. The result is a loyal flock of fans of every color, from every background, rich or poor. The result is RETI=Rock En Tu Idioma, a community for making rock n roll, the music of the melting pot, which is deeply American and knows no frontiers. This is iZCALLi’s appeal: the kind of music that makes you leave home and return, exhilarating live shows that celebrate tradition and kin, that unite what you find with what you left behind, and open the heart, so you know you are home.

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Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra with Fiesta Colorado Dance Company
Aug
25
4:30 PM16:30

Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra with Fiesta Colorado Dance Company

FIRSTBANK LATIN CONCERT SERIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY 95.7 THE PARTY PRESENTS

MARIACHI SOL DE MI TIERRA
WITH
FIESTA COLORADO DANCE COMPANY

Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra was formed with the idea to show people something fresh and unique from the already existing musical groups in Denver, CO. On Aug 6, 1999, four young music enthusiasts, Oscar Vaca, Jesus Ramirez, Raul Romero, and Vicente Romero, gave complete trust and hope to the leader of the group, Juventino Romero. With a lot of determination, practice and hard work, they decided to plan an exciting musical adventure. Throughout the years, more musicians joined, which lead to the eight musicians who are a part of the group today.

Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra enjoys a prestige that they have gained over the years. In the past 12 years, they have been a part of various events associated with the National Western Stock Show. For the past 9 years, they have shared the stage with the Colorado Symphony in the festivities for Cinco de Mayo at Boettcher Concert Hall. The group has also performed with some great Mexican singers in Denver. With a firm belief to keep demonstrating a beautiful part of the Mexican culture, Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra is now more and better than ever, offering to their audience dedication, love, and passion for their music.

 

FIESTA COLORADO DANCE COMPANY

Fiesta Colorado Dance Company is the premier Hispanic Dance Company in Colorado. It has presented the highest quality performances of Mexican Folkloric, Flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance shown in Colorado for over 30 years. The Founder and Artistic Director is Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero.

Fiesta Colorado Dance Company is a non-profit organization with a mission to present and preserve the Hispanic dance arts. Since its inception, every performance with its magnetic energy and vivacious choreography has been a demonstration of how these dances embody the richest artistic manifestations of culture and tradition.

Fiesta Colorado Dance Company is the proud recipient of the 2006 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the highest award given to an arts organization in the City of Denver.

Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero was also a recipient as an individual of Mayor’s Award For Excellence in the Arts in 1997 for her contributions to the Hispanic arts in Denver.

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Gaby Moreno with Vanessa Zamora
Aug
24
4:30 PM16:30

Gaby Moreno with Vanessa Zamora

FIRSTBANK LATIN CONCERT SERIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY 95.7 THE PARTY PRESENTS

GABY MORENO
WITH
VANESSA ZAMORA
 

Since moving to Los Angeles from her native Guatemala, singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno has achieved remarkable success as a musician. She has been nominated for an Emmy and won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. She has released four albums, toured with singers Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Punch Brothers, Hugh Laurie and Calexico, and has shared the international stage with pop music luminaries such as Bono, Andrea Boccelli and Van Dyke Parks.

In 2006, her song, “Escondidos,” took the top prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the first contestant in the Latin category to win Song of the Year. (She’s now a judge.) That opened many more doors.  Her first album, “Still the Unknown” , produced independently was released in 2008.

Moreno’s career started moving quickly. She co-wrote the theme song of the television series "Parks and Recreation," which was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. That same year, she recorded the classic song “Smile,” by Charlie Chaplin, for the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove.”  And she performed “Toast to Freedom,” a song commemorating the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International, first with Kris Kristofferson on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, then in Dublin where she shared the stage with Angelique Kidjo and Bono. 

She released her second album, “Illustrated Songs” in 2011, followed by “Postales.” in 2012,  her first release entirely in Spanish and with Metamorfosis, the label founded by her compatriot Ricardo Arjona, one of Latin America’s most prominent singer-songwriters. . That year, Moreno and Arjona released a duet, “Fuiste Tu,” which was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year in the 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. 

By the time Moreno was named Best New Artist in the 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards of 2013, the “newcomer” had already almost spent half her life in the music business. 

When it came time to record her latest album, “Ilusión” (due for release September 9th), Moreno decided it was time to harken back to beginnings. Musically, the new album captures the pure spirit of the aspiring immigrant artist who made her way in a new country with just her guitar, her gifted voice, and a pocketful of songs she was eager to share.

“I wanted the record to sound as authentic and as close as possible to what the band sounds live,” she says, referring to her longtime collaborators. “I said, ‘Okay, let’s go back to the sound when I put out my first album, when it was just a few musicians in a room together, and it was about having fun and capturing performances. I wanted something human. I'm not a robot. I wanted to embrace the imperfections. That’s human. Maybe in the moment, I'm feeling something that's making my voice break. It's raw emotion. I wanted to keep that."

And she succeeded. The new collection of 13 songs, most of which she wrote or co-wrote, reflect the organic mixture of her wide array of influences, from the blues to boleros. The record’s natural sound reflects the analog philosophy of producer Gabe Roth, co-founder of Brooklyn-based Daptone Records, the independent label specializing in what it calls the “New Sound of Old Soul.” 

That’s a slogan that happens to suit the singer to a tee.

“I don’t want to sound like an old record, but there’s something about those old records that I love, especially that warm sound,” says Moreno. “This is why I wanted to go into the studio for this new record with Gabe Roth. Because of his minimalist approach. He doesn't use any computers, it’s all his ears. We did it all to tape, using these beautiful old vintage microphones, and playing all together in the same room. So you don’t have the luxury of doing 20 takes for every song. We do three takes and choose the best one out of the three. It was kind of nerve-racking... but it sounds so real.”

The album includes separate Spanish and English versions of the first single, “Se Apagó/Love Is Gone,” a song of heartbreak with a twangy guitar, a bright brass section and a feel of Southern soul. Nashville-based R&B singer Jonny P joins her on their English duet, a couple’s dialog. 

Moreno’s uplifting, hymn-like “Fronteras,” which means borders, reveals a theme of hope in the midst of darkness. In a time of persecution of immigrants, the song extends a hand of camaraderie for those who leave everything behind to pursue their dreams. The bilingual refrain captures the essence of “Ilusión” and the composer’s confident, mature state of mind when she created it: “And I laugh and dance. It’s in my blood. And I dream free. This is where I belong.”

 

VANESSA ZAMORA

Vanessa Zamora’s emotive vocals coupled with her personal lyrical style has captivated audiences in her native Mexico.

Only in her early 20’s the Tijuana, Baja California native has already created the aura of an artist who has been around for quite some time.  She’s quickly positioned herself as a steadfast interpreter of alternative pop who has two feet firmly planted in the Indie DIY world.

Vanessa’s debut album "Hasta La Fantasia"  Released on Cosmica Records—has created a buzz amongst key tastemakers.  For this project Zamora teamed up with Alejandro Jimenez (also known as recording artist “Jandro” and producer/engineer for Carla Morrison) to create a fresh, relevant yet melancholic record. Songs such as “Correr” (Run), and “Te Quiero Olvidar” (I Want To Forget You) reel you in with a distinctive voice and stirring tones that go beyond the acoustic guitar vibes. The lyrics possess a candid realness that makes you feel as Vanessa is singing about you, the listener.  “Hasta La Fantasia” ushers you into her fantastical world of love, hope, despair and the universal desire to be loved and love back hard.

Vanessa was recently nominated for multiple IMA’s (Indie Music Awards)in Mexico, and has created a touring circuit for her in Mexico which has garnered more and more attention for the talented singer-songwriter.

Zamora has recently shared the center stage with the likes of: Natalia LaFourcade, Ceci Bastida, La Santa Cecilia, and Ely Guerra.  Vanessa will be returning to the U.S. this spring to perform at SXSW, Albuquerque’s National Hispanic Cultural Institute Latin Diva’s Series, El Paso and more.

Vanessa has now completed her new record set for a mid October 2017 release. Her first single “HBLS MUCHO” is slated for a June 23rd release date. Recorded in both Mexico City and the legendary Sonic Ranch just east of El Paso, Zamora is once again poised to realize further her status as one of Mexico’s freshest voices near the border.  

 

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Making Movies with Jyemo Club
Jul
30
2:00 PM14:00

Making Movies with Jyemo Club

FIRSTBANK LATIN CONCERT SERIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY 95.7 THE PARTY PRESENTS

MAKING MOVIES
WITH
JYEMO CLUB

When Making Movies performs live it is as though a spirit descends upon the room, entrancing audiences with the pulse of their Afro-Latino rhythms, psychedelic jams and rock'n'roll riffing. Armed with their ambitious and politically charged new album, I Am Another You, the band punches out one high-energy song after another, with theatrics and head-banging climaxes riding atop a bed of driving percussion. Their Latin American roots are placed front and center with moments where the front-man Enrique Chi trades his electric guitar for a folkloric Panamanian mejorana, and the Chaurand brothers hop off drums and percussion to instead supply the rhythmic pulse with a dueling zapateado huasteco, a traditional form of dance from Veracruz, Mexico.

The band's political idea is straightforward enough that they can express it in four words: “We are all immigrants.” In supporting that cause, a portion of all proceeds from their latest release I Am Another You will goes to the National Immigration Law Center.

The band has shared the stage with Arcade Fire, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

“... tough to classify into one genre, which ... makes them that much more appealing.” — CNN en Español

“the band synthesizes what’s happening in ... Latin music better than anyone else out there today.” — MTV

"(I Am Another You is) lyrically and sonically one of the best albums of the year" - NPR

 

JYEMO CLUB

Jyemo Club has arrived!

The new project from Denver, CO brings together musicians from 5 different countries, each serving up their own flavor to spice up the vibes. Music to dance to, music to celebrate life. Latin and Caribbean beats meeting with north American funk and rock, singing in english and spanish, Jyemo Club can jam the radios and sound systems of any country. 

Enjoy the music and join the club...Busta Music!!!

 

 

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