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La Misa Negra
July 17, 2015Free
La Misa Negra plays free on Friday July 17 in the Crystal Bay Casino’s Red Room.
La Misa Negra (Black Mass or Black Ritual) is a 9-piece band from Oakland, California that plays a unique blend of 1950’s and 60’s style cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music. The symbolism behind their name pays tribute to the genre’s African roots and Caribbean heritage, and celebrates the spirit and ritual of dance. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, they have been dropping heavyweight cumbia, porro, and gaita – proving through dance and sweat that La Misa Negra is more than just a band. It’s a PARTY!
Founded by guitar and accordion player, Marco Polo Santiago, La Misa Negra consists of Diana Trujillo (lead vocals), Saday Cordoba (backup vocals, choreography), Justin Chin (tenor sax, baritone sax), Morgan Nilsen (clarinet), Anthony Anderson (trumpet), Erich Huffaker (upright bass), Craig Miller (drums, percussion), and Elena de Troya (percussion). On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, La Misa Negra has gained 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. After performing extensively throughout California, with the likes of Arcade Fire, Ozomatli, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, El Gran Silencio, Celso Piña, Nortec Collective, La Santa Cecilia, SZA, Jarabe de Palo, and Meshell Ndegeocello, La Misa Negra now releases their much anticipated debut album, Misa de Medianoche.