World, Latin, Reggae, & Reggaetón

Gigante Thursday with Carne Cruda Cumbia Project and El Kool Kyle

When: Thu., March 31, 8:45 p.m. 2011

"Post-Latin" probably isn't the world's most telling descriptor, but it's the one promulgated by local band Carne Cruda, a five-piece that combines surf rock and cumbia with ska horn lines. Singer Camilo Landau, who is part of a strong Bay Area music dynasty (his uncle Greg Landau produced records for Omar Sosa, among others) shifts adeptly from English to Spanish lyrics. The instrumentation - which partly represents that of Carne Cruda's obvious analogue, Ozomatli - includes a bari sax and trombone, in addition to the traditional rock trifecta of bass, guitar, and percussion. (Tres, cuatro, guiro, clarinet, and tuba also guest-star.) Carne Cruda will appear Thursday, Mar. 31, along with DJ El Kool Kyle, who apparently adds the Spanish article to his name when he's spinning cumbia and vintage Latin vinyl. The event, called "Gigante Thursday," is one of a few Latin club nights that occur regularly in downtown Oakland. Hopefully, it signifies a growing trend. At Disco Volante (347 14th St., Oakland). 8:45 p.m., $5. DiscoVolanteOakland.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $5

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