THURSDAY AT 12:30 PM PDT – 1:30 PM PDT
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.
The Oakland-based band LoCura has honed a potent sound blending Latin American and Iberian idioms such as rumba, cumbia, and flamenco with punk rock, ska, hip hop, and reggae.
This is Latin party music with a punch. Boasting three powerhouse women at the helm, LoCura has earned an avid following with raw, soul-stirring, cajón-driven performances that singular intersection of cultures in the Bay Area.
Featuring Kata Miletich’s passionate vocals, Melissa Cruz’s expert drum and flamenco percussion work, guitarist Bob Sanders, bassist Joaquin Zamudio, trumpeter Danny Cao, and Katiana Vilá and Luna Fuentes-Vaccaro on percussion, cuatro and backing vocals, LoCura has shared the stage with many of the most important artists in alt-Latin music. The band’s name (“it cures it”) reflects their ethos of making music a remedy, a theme that permeates their multilingual songbook.
Part of Yerba Buena Gardens Festival’s Thursday Lunchtime series. For the full summer schedule, visit www.ybgfestival.org.
Mixing Rumba Flamenca with Reggae and Cumbia with Ska, through contagious rhythms and multiple languages, their music takes you on a ride through a day in the emerging globalized experience where the movement of people and ideas are in constant flux and flow.
Reflecting lead vocalist Kata’s own experience of growing up Spanish American in Spain, Italy, and the U.S., LoCura’s music rides the borders of identity and migration, piecing together a mosaic of our myriad cultures and experiences.
In Spain, the expression “Ida y Vuelta” is used to describe certain styles within Flamenco that made a “round-trip” from Spain to Latin America, mixing with music from the African and Indigenous populations. With this idea of music as an agent of travel and creative resistance, LoCura takes the trip back again mixing it up with their own Califas Flamenkito, Reggae, and Cuban Son styles. Inspired by the music that crosses borders and takes root in different lands, LoCura draws from this creative ‘rebelde’ spirit to cultivate the cures passed on from our ancestors.