Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern-day stories of Latino and immigrant lives. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and meld styles, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create “a world where many worlds fit”.
With over 15 years of collective experience in education, organizing, curriculum development, social work, movement building, health and wellness, musical performance and theater, Las Cafeteras offer workshops, training, and residencies in effort to engage a variety of audiences. Together, Las Cafeteras have 6 bachelors degrees, 3 masters degrees, and a doctoral degree in pursuit. They use their eclectic performances, lectures, workshops, and/or trainings, to combine history, humor, critical thought and audience participation, in a fun and unique way.