KERA / Y La Bamba
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
This event is 21 and over
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Once self-described as "bi-polar folk," LA-based musician and raconteur KERA has established themselves as both a gifted songwriter and a compelling performer. In an industry that relies so heavily on image and brand, their decision to cut against the current and reconnect to their music in it's most primordial forms has lead to the growth from Kera and the Lesbians to simply KERA.
This change is marked by a number of creative endeavors; their debut EP / film Fall. Apart., a new single with Devendra Barnhart, and an upcoming tour with Y La Bamba. With all of these, we are gifted a series of new projects that reflect something more honest, open, wounded and powerful. What emerges is KERA.
Y La Bamba
Luz Elena Mendoza returns to themes of searching, metamorphosis, shared humanity, and a faith that is greater than just religion.
Born in San Francisco as a first generation daughter of immigrant parents from Michoacan Mexico, she spent her childhood raised by the melodies and stories that were being told through traditional Mexican folk songs.
These songs being the conversations that were written and sung by her ancestors, yearn to be told and remembered, and have carried her throughout her journey
To battle misogyny at home, Mendoza inheritedly exposed her vulnerability to connect and heal through both musical and personal discovery.
From the intimate, contemplative verses in her native-language, to the revelations of the history in her roots, her story is delivered with poise, while still managing to keep the loping beats of her poetic expression emotionally raw.
These songs are a soundtrack built for coming to grips with, not just one’s own mortality, but the fragility of the world, presenting sounds that carry the realness of ancestral trauma and the search of identity.
MY NAME IS LUZ ELENA MENDOZA
AND THE QUESTION OF IDENTITY HAS BEEN ON MY HEART.
I AM A EXTENSION OF MY MOTHER, MY FATHER, MY BROTHER, MY ANCESTORS, MY FRIENDS, MY COMMUNITY.
I AM WHAT I HAVE CONSUMED AND WHAT I HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY, THE HARD AND THE GOOD IN THIS WORLD.
BEING A CHICANA, MEXICAN AMERICAN HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE A STRENGTHENING JOURNEY.
I AM LEARNING HOW TO CELEBRATE MY BEAUTY, HISTORY, BE AND HEAL FROM WITHIN IT.
I WRITE IN SPANISH BECAUSE IT WANTS TO BE SUNG.
I WRITE IN ENGLISH BECAUSE IT WANTS TO BE SAID.
AND FOR THE SO MANY REASONS I CANT UNDERSTAND, LEFT TO THE UNKNOWN.
WITHIN THAT LIES A BALANCE, THAT IS WHAT IT IS, IN MY ART.
WHAT IT IS TO BE ALIVE AND HUMAN, AND ALLOW THAT TO BE ITS VOICE, ITS OWN WILL.