Thu • Nov 09 • 8:00 PM
The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
La Dona & Son Rompe Pera
General Admission Only
La Doña, born Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea in San Francisco, California, is a solo reggaeton singer, songwriter and multi- instrumentalist.
The Chicana artist began her career at age 7 playing trumpet, and later strings and percussion in her family’s conjunto. She also played in a youth salsa band and a Balkan fusion band before synthesizing her unique upbringing in her original compositions. La Doña combines her deep roots in Latin folk traditions like corridos and rumba with the propulsive modern sounds of reggaeton, cumbia, and hip hop.
La Doña coined the term “Femmeton” to describe her auto-referential songs about love, sex, gentrification, and the radical joys of being a queer brown woman in the Bay Area. An activist and educator, she holds her community close- her father, childhood friends, and partner layer live instrumentation, intimate harmonies, and driving percussion over a thick reggaeton beat. Influenced by local muralismo and hyphy sensibilities just as much as global diasporas and climate catastrophes, La Doña’s catalog is eclectic, fresh, and urgent.
La Doña was chosen as one of YouTube’s Foundry Artists and she has performed recently at Tecate’s“El Patio” and Redbull’s “EEUU de Bass”.
Her song, “Quién Me La Paga” was the first of the New York Times Magazine’s “19 Songs that Matter Now,” for 2020, and her EP, Algo Nuevo, was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the 6 best albums of 2020. La Doña was awarded the 2020 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Mini-Commission, and continues to make music.
The Mexican-American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist grew up performing professionally as a trumpeter in her parent’s conjunto, eventually mastering instruments such as the guitarrón, vihuela, guitar, and Latin percussion. Composing songs that explore brown femininity, her music is inspired by love, sex, pain, and climate catastrophes, and has received early praise from the likes of The Fader, Billboard, NPR, People CHICA and Remezcla.
La Doña’s main stage appearance comes on the heels of her performance at the famed SXSW Musical Festival in March and in advance of opening for Durand Jones’ “Cruisin’ to the Park” tour in May.