The sold-out LoCura/Granada Doaba concert in San Franciscowas estupendo. 500 [and two] people packed the Independent for a high-energy flamenco hip-hop performance featuring appearances from more than 20 live musicians, culminating in a LoCura/Gnawledge collaboration [see video below], featuring Mandeep Sethi y La Kata shining bright on the mic in front of their hometown crowd.
Granada Doaba gave its best performance to date. Gnotes stretched his muscle on the flamenco guitar and cajón. Boston Gnawledge bredren Afro DZ ak proved once again that a party aint a party until a trumpet come through. Both musicians passed the microphone with Mandeep Sethi during our freestyle rap cypher.
The concert was a coming-out party for our 19-year-old singer Elexis Trinity, who continues to surprise and impress, while veteran touring musicians Teddy Jack and Rod Martinez held down the ritmo and kept the crowd moving. Daniel Eshoo brought an inmense sound out of his 77-string qanun, taking full advantage of the phenomenon sound system at the Independent. DJ Canyon Cody was dancing in the back, while artist Carmen Abelleira painted La Virgen de Guadalupe rocking out with an electric guitar.
The night began with a beautiful set from Mexican songstress Diana Gameros on guitar, accompanied by flute, cajón and stand-up bass. Gameros is too talented to remain unknown for much longer, so it felt like a special treat to catch her at this stage in her career.
Pero sin duda, lo más impresionante fue LoCura. The San Francisco band had the rowdy crowd dancing throughout their amazing 2-hour set, which ranged from up-tempo reggae to soulful flamenco and funky Cuban son. It’s hard not to be jealous when I see a band that tight. A veteran band with years of experience on the road, LoCura came home and proved that they got the groove in the pocket. It was an honor to share the stage with them, and some of the most fun I’ve ever had.
LoCura will be performing at South by Southwest on March 19th @ Copa Bar & Grill. Their 2008 debut album Animas is available at CdBaby and iTunes, plus they got a brand new album in the oven.
LoCura & Granada Doaba @ The Independent
Saturday January 9th 2010 @ 8pm
628 Divisadero, San Francisco, California 94117
Cost: $13 adv / $15 door
Born in San Francisco, LoCura’s music draws from many genres, bringing them together into an original mix of Flamenco Rumba, Reggae, and Cuban Son. LoCura’s debut album Animas was released in March 2008 with a sold out concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. In 2009, LoCura kicked off the year with another sold out show at the GAMH and a Saturday night featured slot at the renowned SXSW music festival in Austin, TX. Now back from a summer of touring music festivals throughout the West Coast, Canada, and Mexico, LoCura presents another epic night of musical revelry at The Independent in San Francisco.
Also performing will be Mexican Songstress Diana Gameros, possibly one of San Francisco’s best-kept secrets, is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter whose music travels the Spanish and Mexican landscapes recounting stories of love, movement, and borders to the beat of the Cajon.
We barely fit everybody on-stage last Friday night at The Mint in Los Angeles, where Granada Doaba opened for Rupa and the April Fishes. It was our first show with the new band, featuring singer Elexis Trinity with rappers Gnotes and Mandeep Sethi.
Granada Doaba’s live band features Daniel Eshoo on oud, Rod Martinez and Judy Piazza on drums, Raymond Powers on harmonium/flute, Sean Dwyer and Russ Baggerly on flamenco guitar, Teddy Jack on bass, Canyon Cody on turntables and live painting from Carmen Abelleira. [more photos @ Flickr]