Quetzal

Quetzal

About

From the ashes of Los Angeles’ 1992 rebellion/riots arose a collective of East Side musicians committed to respectfully continuing the legacy of over 70 years of Chicano Rock, standing on the shoulders of giants like Ritchie Valens, Cannibal and The Headhunters, Los Lobos, and many others. Named “one of Los Angeles’ most important bands” by the LA Times and winners of a Grammy award in 2013, Quetzal forges a sound that will simultaneously make you dance and contemplate change, a sound as rich and complex as their pluri-ethnic barrio experience.


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Areas of Representation: Worldwide

Biography

From the ashes of Los Angeles’ 1992 rebellion/riots arose a collective of East Side musicians committed to respectfully continuing the legacy of over 70 years of Chicano Rock. Standing on the shoulders of giants like Lalo Guerrero, Ritchie Valens, Cannibal and The Headhunters, The Brat, Los Lobos, and many others, Quetzal has created a path that has earned them the title of “one of Los Angeles’ most important bands”(LA Times).

Quetzal forges a sound that will simultaneously make you dance and contemplate change, a sound as rich and complex as their pluri-ethnic barrio experience. Their unique combination of community activism and creative compositions has allowed them to travel the world using music as a tool for creating a global network of musicians committed to building community.

Since 2002 Quetzal has been part of a transnational dialogue between musicians in California and Veracruz, Mexico known as “Fandango Sin Fronteras”. Many recordings, performances, and publications have been born from this dialogue. Their 5th album, “Imaginaries”, released by Smithsonian Folkways, received the Grammy Award in 2013 for Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album.

Tour Dates

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May 5, 2018 Get Info/Tix
Northridge, CA USA California State University Northridge - Valley Performing Arts Center
 

Tour History

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2017
Oct 22, 2017 P-22 Day Festival at Griffith Park Venue Info
Los Angeles, CA USA Griffith Park
11:00 AM  
Sep 22, 2017 Venue Info
Notre Dame, IN USA DeBartolo Performing Arts Center - Leighton Concert Hall
 
Sep 21, 2017 Venue Info
Notre Dame, IN USA DeBartolo Performing Arts Center - Leighton Concert Hall
 
Aug 25, 2017 FIGat7th Downtown Festival Venue Info
Los Angeles, CA USA FIGat7th
8:15PM  
Jul 14, 2017 Vancouver Island MusicFest Venue Info
Courtenay, BC CANADA The Concert Bowl Stage
 
Apr 23, 2017 Venue Info
Phoenix, AZ USA Herberger Theater Center
6:00PM  
Mar 4, 2017 Venue Info
Whittier, CA USA Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts-Whittier College
Time TBD  
2016
Nov 2, 2016 Venue Info
Costa Mesa, CA USA Segerstrom Center - Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
7:30 PM  
Sep 22, 2016  
Santa Monica, CA USA Quad Lawn Area, Santa Monica College
11:15 AM  
Aug 12, 2016 Venue Info
Pasadena, CA USA Levitt Pavilion - Pasadena
8:00PM  
Jul 15, 2016 N.E.A. Beyond Dreams Series Venue Info
Berkeley, CA USA La Pena Cultural Center
8:30PM  
Jun 25, 2016 Venue Info
Los Angeles, CA USA Hancock Park
5:00PM  
Apr 17, 2016 Venue Info
Los Angeles, CA USA La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Time TBD  
Jan 23, 2016 Venue Info
Whittier, CA USA Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts
Time TBD  
2015
Nov 7, 2015 Venue Info
Phoenix, AZ USA Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
Time TBD  
Nov 1, 2015 Venue Info
San Diego, CA USA Jacobs Center
7:00PM  
Oct 30, 2015 Venue Info
Washington, DC USA American Indian Museum
 
Oct 24, 2015  
Los Angeles, CA USA Central Wholesale Market
7:30PM  
Sep 24, 2015  
Los Angeles, CA USA The Millenium Biltmore Hotel - Crystal Ballroom
8:30 PM  
Sep 17, 2015  
San Marcos, CA USA Latin Center Plaza
12:00 noon  
Sep 12, 2015 Venue Info
Los Angeles, CA USA Levitt Pavilion - MacArthur Park
8:00PM  
Jun 27, 2015 Venue Info
Los Angeles, CA USA Otis Booth Pavilion - Natural History Museum
12:00 NN  
May 1, 2015 Venue Info
Cheney, WA USA Public Union Bldg, Multi-Purpose Room
8:00 PM  
Apr 18, 2015 Venue Info
Carlsbad, CA USA Museum of Making Music
7:00PM  

Videos

News

  • Paul Krugman; DakhaBrakha in Kiev

    Friday Night Music: Dakhabrakha in Kyiv

    New York Times
    September 15, 2017 12:22 pm

    Since that’s where I am at the moment. It is, by the way, a surprisingly handsome city. Just looking at the city center you’d have no idea how much stress Ukraine is under.
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  • Russia’s riot grrrl activists, Pussy Riot, bringing their psych rock theater production, “REVOLUTION” to SXSW and West Coast.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/24/2017
    Russia’s riot grrrl activists, Pussy Riot, reveal a 9 date West Coast warm-up tour around the SXSW premiere of their psych rock theater production, “REVOLUTION.”
    Based on the original novel by Maria Alyokhina, this show tells the story of everyday women gathering to resist the fascist regime of President Vladimir Putin. From their ...

  • Gisele João Headlines First NY Fado Festival Gisele João, Portugal’s most widely acclaimed fado singer to emerge in this decade, headlined the NY Fado Festival this past weekend at the Schimmel Center. Jon Pareles of the NY Times had this to say:
    “From her first song, “Madrugada sem Sono” (“Dawn Without Sleep”), Ms. João summoned a full spectrum of fado’s tempestuous passions, from ...

Press

Quetzal is a cool and classy band… Rich songwriting, enchanting arrangements, and serious musicianship… As a group they exude a lovely and irresistible spirit. — LOS ANGELES TIMES


Breakthrough music with greater gravity than what pop music currently offers. This is Latin American pop for the serious listener.” — ALL ABOUT JAZZ


Download – CD Review: “Imaginaries” LA Times 3/30/2012

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Technical Riders:

Quetzal Tech Rider 2015 – PDF


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