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Free at the Kimmel

La NOCHE Featuring Pistolera

Feb 11, 2019
8:00 PM

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Heat up the Kimmel Center each month at La NOCHE!  Experience the hottest live bands as you turn up the steam on the dance floor, led by host/dance leader Kevin Ngo. Enjoy the sexy rhythms of The Caribbean and Latin America as live bands serve up a caliente mix of music that really makes you want to move.

We kick off the party with The La NOCHE Band, led by master percussionist Arturo Stable.  We then welcome a different guest group to light up the dance floor.

 ¡Baila a la música, bebe las cervezas!


8-9PM – The La NOCHE Band

9PM - Pistolera


About Pistolera

Highly regarded New York band Pistolera has toured its accordion-driven dance songs in six different countries since its debut in 2005. Led my Mexican-American songwriter Sandra Lilia Velasquez, the band has released three studio albums, Siempre Hay Salida (2006), En Este Camino (2008), El Desierto Y La Ciudad (2011). Pistolera has shared the stage with Los Lobos, Lila Downs, Vieux Farka Toure, and many others, and has performed at Town Hall in New York City, Massey Hall in Canada, Teatro Circo in Portugal, and high profiles festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), Ollin Kan (Mexico), Central Park Summerstage (USA), Celebrate Brooklyn (USA), Antwerp Summer Music Festival, and Sfinks (Belgium). In 2011 they were invited to perform an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Their music has been featured in numerous television shows, most notably in Episode #12, Season 4 of the AMC hit television series Breaking Bad.

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"New York-based Pistolera writes great Mexamerican songs, and it has at least two other aces up its sleeve besides that: one, the accordion of Maria Elena, which is crisp as iced lettuce, and, two, the singing of Sandra Velasquez, who has a distinctive voice.."-PopMatters

"Pistolera asoma la cabeza a una nueva trayectoria en la que pisa firmamente." – Rolling Stone Mexico

"Not so much an ethnic record as an international record, it's a wild trip south of the border to a desert being chased by urban sprawl. A must for the open eared looking for killer, new kicks."–Midwest Record

"Esta banda sigue demostrando que la simplicidad y el talento conforman siempre una formula de éxito.–AlterExa

"Not only is this a great listen, this album ought to be mandatory in Spanish classes in American schools. Velasquez's crystalline, subtly nuanced vocals are easy to understand, the tunes are fun to sing along to – and her lyrics pack a wallop. No doubt you'll be seeing this on a lot of "best albums of the year" lists by the end of 2011."-Lucid Culture

"El Desierto y La Ciudad is an evocative and gorgeous record that will play with your emotions and grip your heart."– First Coast News

"Pistolera frontwoman Sandra Velasquez has not given herself an easy assignment: write searching, often politically conscious lyrics in Spanish with traditional Latin music instrumentation (such as jarana, accordion and tuba) for a diverse audience...the results are often glorious and galvanizing ("Guerra," a translation of Bob Marley's "War," couldn't be more relevant). The musicianship is superb here, and it's a pleasure to listen to a whole museum of brass, bongos, congas, caxixi, maracas and pandereta incorporated beautifully into a sound that doesn't fit neatly into any genre."-Billboard (review of "En Este Camino")

"Pistolera melds the sass of indie rock with traditional Latin sounds to create compelling pop melodies, all of it sung entirely in Spanish." -Billboard Magazine
"...a foot-stomping sound that's one part ranchera and one part indie-pop."
-The New Yorker

"Listening to Pistolera's self-released debut, "Siempre Hay Salida" ("There's Always a Way Out"), or watching lead singer and guitarist Sandra Lilia Velásquez stamp out a beat in her boots to bandmate Maria Elena's accordion melodies, you inevitably feel as though you've landed in the heart of Mexico. The blend of soulful ranchera, peppy cumbia, and Spanish lyrics evokes a feeling that's distinctly south of the border, yet not too far south." -The Boston Globe


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