Nothing Says 'Latin Divas' Like Taiko Drums
By Holly von Winckel
There is a concert coming up on Saturday that you almost certainly don't know about, at a venue you definitely don't spend enough time in. The Latin Divas Series tour is a triple dip of awesome coming to the Albuquerque Journal Theatre at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW), and you need to be there. On Saturday, Feb. 8, the show starts at 7:30pm, and it’s Lysa Flores, East LA Taiko and Yuujou Daiko on one stage. Together.
What that gets you is the all-consuming, gut-rumbling thunder of taiko (a Japanese ensemble big-drum tradition), the smoking hot Afro-Cuban grooves of East Los Angeles and Flores' singular alt.rock/punk vocals and guitar magic. If you haven't heard Flores' voice, I can tell you it's best characterized as the love child of PJ Harvey and a really amazing sugar calavera ... in a good way! These are all acts with 20-plus years of experience, and they really work well together. If you don't believe me, ask YouTube. Remember to crank up the bass just before you press play.
From the gleaming copper proscenium to the back of the house, this auditorium is going to throb with the sort of music that defies categorization and just makes you happy to be alive. This is a one-night-only gig, so don't let this opportunity pass you by. Again with the democracy metaphor ... if you don't vote, you don't get to complain about the results. If you don't go to this show, don't come around later crying about how nothing good comes to Albuquerque.
Pro-tip: While you are on the NHCC event page, sign up for their events newsletter. You would not believe the amazing stuff that goes on over there and just like this upcoming concert, it crosses all the category lines and makes you glad to be alive. Once you find out what's happening, you'll probably be there all the time.
with East LA Taiko and Yuujou Daiko
Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30pm
Albuquerque Journal Theatre at NHCC
1701 Fourth Street SW
Tickets: $17-$27 with a $5 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members, available online at nhcc.org or via the Center’s box office, 724-4771
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