World, Latin, & Reggae

La Misa Negra

When: Fri., March 30, 8 p.m. 2018

La Misa Negra, a seven-piece Afro-Latin band from Oakland, is known for its bombastic live shows. Founded by composer, guitarist, and accordion player Marco Polo Santiago, the group derives its high-energy sound from a variety of influences: cumbia, Afro-Latin music, hip-hop, jazz, rock, and heavy metal. On La Misa Negra’s most recent album, released last fall, mambo horn lines combine with samples that pay homage to Black Sabbath and Wu-Tang Clan. On stage, this mix of rhythmic grooves and rock ’n’ roll energy fosters an irresistible urge to dance. But even as members are shaking hips and showing off humorous stage antics, the band also explores heavy subject matter in its lyrics. On International Women’s Day this year, La Misa Negra premiered a new video for its fiery feminist anthem, “Dueña de Mi.” Clips of the Women’s March in San Francisco are juxtaposed with a performance of the resolutely pro-choice message of the song: I’m the owner of all my body, and I won’t be told when to procreate.

Madeline Wells

Price: $15-$20

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