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by Bill Pearis
Portland's Y La Bamba are in NYC this week, playing Knitting Factory tonight (8/29, tickets) Mercury Lounge tomorrow (8/30, tickets). Both shows are with Chris Pureka and all upcoming tour dates are listed below.
Fronted by the honey-voiced Luzelena Mendoza (who can belt it out too), Y La Bamba released their third album, Court the Storm, back in March which was produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin. (Talk about an on-the-nose!). When they tweak tradition Mexican folk -- like on "Bendito" and the album's title cut -- it is pretty stirring stuff, and there is no debate about Mendoza's powerful pipes. You can download a couple songs from the album at the top of this post and stream the whole thing below.
Y La Bamba - 2012 Tour Dates
Aug. 29 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory (all ages)*
Aug. 30 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge*
Aug. 31 Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki*
Sep. 1 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern*
Sep. 2 Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern*
Sep. 5 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center*
Sep. 29 Bend, OR - Bend Roots Festival
* w/ Chris Pureka