This in from the indefatigable Los Chavos:
Canberra based LOS CHAVOS will host a ‘Day Of The Dead’ mini-festival to launch their debut album and showcase Latin American music and culture in Canberra!
Spread over two different shows on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November, the festival will combine music and dance performances exploring traditional roots folklore from Latin American and their modern urban manifestations, while at the same time giving Canberra a chance to participate and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Day of The Dead festivities.
The first concert will be a family friendly, all ages event organized in association with ANU’s Australian National Centre For Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) and the Canberra Musicians Club (CMC) at the White Eagle Polish Club (Turner). https://www.facebook.com/events/333546076740709/
Featuring performances by special guests CHIRIMEROS (Syd) playing their energetic roots and folkloric music showcasing African influences mixed with indigenous Colombian coastal rhythms and INKA MARKA (Melb) with their infections brand of Andean music that combines traditional and contemporary elements of woodwind, percussion and strings. Add to this, dance performances, an opening set by local gypsy-latin-jazz trio The Night Cafe and a special stripped back acoustic performance by Los Chavos themselves, the night is the perfect prelude to the main event the next day and a chance for families, students and children with an interest in Latin America to learn about ANCLAS’s many activities and experience first hand the vibrant music and culture from this part of the world.
Saturday 3rd November will see Los Chavos take the stage in full effect with their signature high energy blend of ska, reggae, cumbia and samba as the ANU BAR is transformed into the setting for a Latin Carnival Street Party! https://www.facebook.com/events/227520910707883/
Featuring sets by Chirimeros + Inka Marka and a special performance by street funk masters BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND. The concert will also feature a mystery dance crew who will perform a unique Day of The Dead performance!
Los Chavos, regular performers in Canberra’s music and festival scene, have been working on their debut album “Supermeng” for two years and will bring their signature live energy coupled with complex arrangements and a large variety of rhythms to the night. Never straying too far from their ska/reggae roots, the band’s romantic ballads are given a ska/cumbia twist and hard-hitting merengue horns are mixed with calypso-hiphop. A night of carnival madness, dancing skeletons, funk vibes and a chance to see modern urban Latino sounds at their best right here in Canberra! Expect dancing skeletons and the dancefloor to burn!
Finally, Digress Cocktail Lounge (Akuna St, Civic) will host the afterparty for the ‘Day Of The Dead’ where DJ sets by Los Chavos members will spin reggaeton, cumbia, dancehall, salsa well into the early morning!
Two different sides of Lain America. Two unique musical events. One Weekend!