Playing AvonLIVE! on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019. A free performance for the whole family to enjoy and remember!
The 7-piece band from Oakland, California is known for a unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. La Misa Negra takes the stage to deliver electrifying performances exploding with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy, powered by horn and accordian-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage-inspired sound.
La Misa Negra’s live debut in the fall of 2011 has led to tours throughout the country, having them share the stage with greats like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Thievery Corporation, and many others. One-of-a-kind shows filled with energy has helped them gain a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides.
Founded by composer, guitarist, and accordion player, Marco Polo Santiago, the band consists of Colombian-born Diana Trujillo (lead vocals), Justin Chin (tenor & baritone sax), Morgan Nilsen (tenor sax & clarinet), Craig Bravo (drums & percussion), Elena de Troya (percussion), and Paul Martin Sounder (upright bass & percussion). Together, the unlikely collective combines a wealth of musical influences as diverse as their cultural backgrounds, but it’s Marco Polo’s affinity for hip-hop and heavy metal that inspires much of the band’s sound and identity – evident in their name, on-stage antics, and popular t-shirt designs.
Four years after the release of their debut album, La Misa Negra returns with a self-titled album dubbed, “the red album.” Channeling Columbia’s Golden Age, the album dives into retro-future cumbia as well as their Afro-Colombian influences. They showcase their love for Latin jazz, and even allude to their non-Latin influences with instrumental tracks paying homage to Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains, and Wu-Tang Clan. Finding common ground between their heavy metal leanings and mambo-inspired horn lines, La Misa Negra’s arrangements serve as the perfect delivery mechanism for both their humorous storytelling and exploration of heavier subject matter, like gun violence, water scarcity, and gender inequality.