When: Fri., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. 2016
Go to a concert by Las Cafeteras, and you’ll get a glimpse of life in East Los Angeles. At a University of Vermont Lane Series concert, the California-based band takes listeners on a musical journey through its world. Fusing the traditional Veracruzano musical form son jarocho with modern styles, Las Cafeteras’ songs tell stories of working-class families, immigration and cultural pride. “They have this wonderful way of appropriating the music and combining it with present-day issues affecting Latinos, affecting Mexican Americans,” radio personality Betto Arcos told the Los Angeles Times in 2012. With Afro-Mexican rhythms ringing out on an eclectic collection of instruments — a donkey jawbone and the guitar-like jarana, for starters — Vermonters can’t help but move along.