Monday, May 13, 2013

Stay Current with the Pick of the Day: Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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Israel “Cachao” López was the father of mambo, but it was fellow Cuban Dámaso Pérez Prado who turned mambo into a world craze, thanks to his stirring live performances and recordings in the ’50s. Fast-forward 63 years, and Tucson, Ariz.’s Sergio Mendoza (Calexico, DeVotchKa) and his seven-piece big band honor mambo fever with 2012’s Mambo Mexicano, an updated, alternative take on the genre. The album’s name is slightly misleading, though: La Orkesta also has room for cumbia, Latin jazz and other fusions, but in the danceability department his band would’ve earned both Cachao’s and Pérez Prado’s approval. Even though Mambo Mexicano has its dose of clueless gringo-pleasing intentions, the Orkesta can play and Boneshakers is the perfect venue for it: smallish and dark. Come prepared to dance the night away. $5, 9pm Monday, Boneshakers Tap House and Pizzeria, 306 Austin, (210) 319-8155, boneshakersonline.com. Check out our full online calendar of upcoming events here: calendar.sacurrent.com.

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