Y La Bamba released ‘Court the Storm,’ on tour, playing 2 NYC shows this week (dates & MP3s)
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