Sunday at 7 PM
Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704
This is how the little adventure of an English girl who emigrates to Spain in search of new sounds is born, and gives rise to Jenny and the Mexicats.
Jenny and the Mexicats is a fusion of nationalities and personalities, a band that has a very particular history, more than anything accidental.
The band had its beginnings in Madrid as Pachucos and the princess, in June 2008.
It all started when Icho (double bass) invited Jenny to live in Madrid.
Jenny, 20 years old, had arrived at the right place. Icho called the best guitarist he knew, Pantera a guitarist with flamenco technique very versatile, Icho and he had played together for many years in a rockabilly group and in another punk group in his hometown in Mexico.
Pantera proposed to a colleague who played the cajón instead of drums, and David arrived, an extraordinary Spanish box, with which he had already shared the stage in the world of flamenco.
“What they’ve done with their influences is create this really impressive mix of rockabilly, cumbia, jazz, flamenco, and they perform it in both English and in Spanish – very cool sound.” – Felix Contreras host of NPR’s Alt Latino on Jenny and the Mexicats
A jazz kit played with sticks and mano, an upright bass tattooed with comely women, jaunty Caribbean-influenced acoustic guitar and a beautiful blonde siren with, yes, a trumpet. Do you wanna dance yet? Jenny will lure you in with her bluesy no nonsense voice. She doesn’t want to work, just to dance. This relationship is torture. It’s just plain better in Buenos Aires. And always her case is compelling, the music a perfect dance in and of itself, pieced together like good jazz—every player counts. Jenny’s from Britain but her Spanish is impeccable, the drummer is from Spain and the strings are from Mexico, but this group is original, like Manu Chau without the political agenda or a killer ska combo minus the kitsch. They are independents and the sum of their parts is from a land of heart and strong, quick rhythm.