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Red Poppy Art House: Los Nadies: Danceable Latin Rock with a Conscience
August 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Los Nadies bring a keen mix of politics, poetry, street party, and musicianship every time they step on to a stage. They play an eclectic combination of highly danceable Latin music with rock.
Juan Cuba – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Mateo Nube – lead electric guitar, backup vocals
Chris Mayorga – lead & rhythm acoustic guitar
José Vergelin – drums, cajón, bongó, percussion
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Los Nadies weave together a wide array of Latin American rhythms with rock, creating a distinct and sophisticated danceable blend that includes rumba flamenca, cumbia, Afro-Cuban, Peruvian and Brazilian music, reggae, and South American folklore, along with poetically and politically charged lyrics. Their music often mirrors and reflects the Latino experience in a globalized U.S., with immigrant roots hailing from Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and the Bay Area. The music is also greatly influenced by Nueva Trova Latinoamericana in the vein of Silvio Rodriguez, as well as Santana, Bunburi, Calamaro, Bersuit Vergarabat, and Manu Chao to name just a few. Los Nadies, or “The Nobodies,” take their name from the eponymous poem/essay by Uruguayan historian Eduardo Galeano decrying the invisibility cast upon the millions of dispossessed people around the world. As a band, Los Nadies are proudly committed to social justice as well as to environmental and political awareness, yet they embrace a spirit of fun, joy, and sheer musicianship in every performance.
Frontman Juan Cuba, from Peru, writes most of the songs and brings an inimitable stage presence to the group. Mateo Nube, from Bolivia, is the political soul and in-house activist who plays lead electric and acoustic guitar and shares vocal duties. Bay Area native Marty Jones provides the low-end bass grooves to complement Argentinean José Vergelin’s eclectic drums and percussion. Chris Mayorga, with roots in Nicaragua and the San Francisco Bay Area, brings his nuanced, virtuoso solos and rhythmic drive on the electric and acoustic guitar.