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Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might.

After making their debut in May of 2013, Dos Santos has been steadily making the rounds at Chicago’s premiere live music venues and festivals, bringing the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia to audiences across the city. The rich and diverse landscape of Chicago live music has seen its share of Latin American dance genres come and go, while others have maintained a strong presence over time. When it comes to cumbia, Dos Santos’ five members--Irekani Ferreyra, Alex Chavez, Peter “Maestro” Vale, Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo, Jaime Garza—have made it their goal to provide a much-needed live artistic voice, expanding the listenership, appeal, and general conversation about Latino music throughout Chicagoland.

The group’s members have their own storied careers in a diversity of styles—from jazz, R&B/soul, traditional Mexican folk, punk, cumbia, salsa—in addition to a history of critical involvement in arts education and social justice organizing. Their visceral sound draws from this sonic, cultural, and political well of influence, and is guaranteed to make you move.


My Bands Sessions

Tuesday, March 17
 

9:00pm