• A podcast with Ashley Fairbanks


    Sometimes these podcast are like two old friends catching up. Sort of the case with Ashley in that we have been aware of each other for a long time but have not had the chance to really get to know each other. 

    Please enjoy this podcast as we talk about the process that gave brith to the mural above as well as her perspective and experience at the Standing Rock protests as an Anishinaabe woman and citizen of the White Earth Nation.

    We had our conversation at Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis sitting and enjoying the landscape and community around us. 



    -Filiberto Nolasco Gomez



  • Twin Cities folk love Quitapenas




    Quitapenas is coming to the Twin Cities August 26th. Check out this short video to listen to enjoy sound and how their music inspires! 

    Tickets can be Purchased here! 

  • Quitapenas comes to Bedlam Lowertown August 26th

    Dropping their self-titled album in February of last year, Quitapenas has added to the emerging texture of vibrant Los Angeles based Latinx bands. Similar to established groups such as Chicano Batman and Viento Callejero, Quitapenas draws from our antepasados as a musical base while instilling the sensibility and imagination of a Latinx population living our diaspora in the United States.



    What draws me to this emergent sound in Latinx music is that it feels like my youth, like home. The pop icons we were subjected to didn't speak to our experience but rather seemed to draw us closer to a hispanic, white aesthetic. The Latinx sounds of the time felt too neutral and too many songs where unpoetic english. I missed the romance, tragedy, depth and diaspora instilled in the music of our backyard BBQ's. Quitpenas and their contemporaries captures my youth in a way that gives me warmth, evoking memories of my Mexican parents and community.  

    Furthermore, different from others, Quitapenas has an overt political sensibility to their sound. As president Obama continues to deport our community at alarming rates, people of color are getting shot continuously by cops and this election cycle offers little by way of reprieve. Quitapenas' political assertions are indeed welcome and warranted. In particular their political voice emerges in songs like: 




    We wanted to personify Justice.




    Dime donde (Justicia querida)
    Dime donde (que linda te miras)
    Te encontrare (Justicia querida)
    Te encontrare (que linda te miras)


    Dime donde (Justicia querida)
    Te encontrare (que linda te miras)
    Yo e escuchado de ti (Justicia querida)
    Tu has escuchado de mi (que linda te miras)


    Que linda te miras (Justicia querida)
    Dime donde estas (que linda te miras)
    Donde estas (Justicia querida)
    Donde estas (que linda te miras)









    This song is about our people, coming from rural landscapes as farmers and working people, moving into cities, seeking a better life for their family. El Campesino Urbano (urban farmer worker)...



    Callos en las palmas de tus manos

    Cuentan la historia de ti hermano

    Hace dias que no hablamos

    Desvergonzadamente desgastados

    Hermana trabajadora

    Cuenta los dias ya por hora

    Pero se la pasa cantando

    Su linda voz me voy imaginando

    Madre que por dos se mueve

    Se queja ya mas frequente

    Pero es la mas valiente

    Doy gracias por su gran ambiente

    Campesino urbano



    Tickets can be purchased here 

    In their own words:

     QUITAPENAS, one word – all caps, four syllables – all claps, gives you a taste of their rhythmic contagion. This tropical Afro-Latin combo was born under the warm California sun in 2011. They borrow aesthetics from the radical 60s, 70s and 80s. Each song echoes a remix of history and invites one to engage in the liberating evenings of Angola, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and beyond. The name means “to remove worries.” Everybody has a "pena" and the mission of QUITAPENAS is simple: to make you dance and leave you worriless.



















  • The Big Gay Mexican


    I sat down with Hector Edwardo Chavarria. Hector is fast becoming one of my favorite personalities in Minneapolis. His stage presence as the "Big Gay Mexican" is intended to inspire and promote self love.



  • Buyepongo Comes to the Twin Cities On Friday May 27th!


    Buyepongo is a band in the middle of a thriving latinx music scene in Los Angeles. Their style reflects Los Angeles, a largely latinx city that draws from all over Latin America. 

    The event will feature a live performance by Buyepongo 

    DJ Sets by
    The Ponderers - DJs Sandra y Stephanie (CHI)

    Live Music, DJs, Dancing, Visual + Live Art, + Vendors

    Friday, May 27th, 10pm
    Bedlam Lowertown
    213 4th St. E St. Paul


    Tickets can be purchased here. Pre sale are $10, $12 at the door. 

    In their own words, 

    The name Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus” –which certainly describes the scene on the dance floors of Los Angeles whenever the band launches into its dizzyingly energetic, instantly infectious rhythms. But it also describes Buyepongo’s riotous mash-up of influences, which absorbs hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz sounds into a delirious tropical blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora. Like its name, the band is part hybrid, part invention, something untranslatable that nevertheless perfectly captures its uniquely vibrant spirit.


    As described in a Los Angeles Weekly feature


    Todo Mundo, produced by Eugene Toale and due out this Friday, features 12 songs of what the members of Buyepongo have dubbed “buyangú,” a style of music that encompasses each member’s diverse roots and backgrounds in California, Mexico and Central and South America. Cumbia, merengue and punta beats and rhythms don’t collide with each other so much as they flow and combine together like rivers, picking up elements of funk and jazz along the way.

    “There’s no tradition that we follow in our cumbia playing,” explains Larry Harvey, who recorded percussion on the album and has played with Buyepongo intermittently over the years. “I feel like when we were playing cumbia as the original Buyepongo, it was very influenced by Andres Landero. Then we broke into this vibe of Tatico Henriquez with the merengues. I would honestly say we never pushed hard back into cumbia. We’ve grown into our own sound.”



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