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Y LA BAMBA


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
OFS PRESENTS…
Y LA BAMBA
W/ CAVEGREEN
6:30PM DOORS / 7:30PM SHOW
$12 GENERAL ADMISSION / $10 OFS MEMBERS
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Y La Bamba’s
Ojos Del Sol comes along and screams of radical transformation on every level. The Portland act’s fourth offering is a sweeping, playful and vulnerable collection that’s ripe with both musical and personal discovery. From the intimate, contemplative verses of the Spanish‐language title track to the revelations delivered over the loping beats of “Ostrich,” this is an album that’s painstakingly produced while remaining emotionally raw.

Throughout the collection, Y La Bamba frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza returns to themes of searching and metamorphosis. On one level, this is born from the Y La Bamba frontwoman’s continuing exploration of her identity as Mexican woman. Both of Mendoza’s parents grew up in Mexico—Luz was born in San Francisco, then brought up in a strict Catholic household in Southern Oregon. She spent her childhood summers playing in the orchards of California’s San Joaquin Valley with her cousins, and it was there that she soaked up the melodies and stories that were being told through traditional folk songs with three‐part harmonies. These are sounds that remain a vital building block of the songs on Ojos Del Sol, an album which she says represents “a celebration of family and community.”

“The biggest step forward on the new record lies in how Y La Bamba uses Luz Elena Mendoza’s voice: It’s employed like a musical instrument, as part of an ensemble sound.” – Felix Contreras, NPR

“Ojos del Sol is an arresting album. The atmospheric sound and layered vocals immediately let you know that this is something a little different. Mendoza’s insistent delivery of her lyrics, which are at once personal and broadly universal, pulls you into her world where songs and mysterious spiritual connections have the power to heal. The message of uplift doesn’t sugarcoat the suffering it can take to reach that healing place, but it never turns away from either pain or joy. Ojos del Sol may just be a classic of Mexican-American rock in the company of Los Lobos’ Kiko, Lila Downs’ La Cantina and Lhasa’s The Living Road. It’s that impressive.” – Green Man Review


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