A Chicano band from East L.A., Las Cafeteras blends traditional Mexican music with Afro-Mexican styles, storytelling, spoken word, folk music, and zapateado dancing. The band members’ collective social conscience is front and center in the music with songs and stories of the civil rights movement, United Farm Workers, the DREAM Act, immigration reform and more. Las Cafeteras comes to Santa Cruz as part of Carnaval the Tour, a four-week tour celebrating Carnaval, the folk traditions of Latin America, and the “resilience of the human spirit.” Also on the bill: Making Moves and Alex Cuba.
INFO: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $20. 479-1854. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 17 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.