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.


Artist Links: Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Tumblr  |  Youtube

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

Future Tour Dates

View Tour History

Tour History

Return to Future Tour Dates

2019
Nov 16, 2019 World Music Series Venue Info
Aliso Viejo, CA USA TheClub@Soka
8:00PM  
Mar 30, 2019 Venue Info
Tempe, AZ USA Gammage
7:00 PM  
2018
Aug 25, 2018 Power Fest 2018 Venue Info
Los Angeles, USA The People's Lot on Vermont & Manchester
7:00PM  
Aug 10, 2018  
Los Angeles, CA USA Levitt Pavilion - MacArthur Park
8:00PM  
May 5, 2018 Venue Info
Northridge, CA USA California State University Northridge - Valley Performing Arts Center
 
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

  • Songlines 2022 Fusion Award Winner: Justin Adams & Mauro Durante: Still Moving on Ponderosa MusicSonglines 2022  Fusion Award Winner: Justin Adams & Mauro Durante: Still Moving on Ponderosa Music
    Justin Adams has long been an adventurous serial collaborator, but his album with Mauro Durante – leader of Italy’s premier pizzica band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, who won the Songlines Music Award for Best Group in 2018 – ranks among his finest achievements. The meeting point for the musicians was a fascination with trance rhythms and ...
  • Nitin Sawhney in new Pink Floyd recordingNitin Sawhney in new Pink Floyd recording

    Disgusted by the Russian invasion, David Gilmour speaks about band’s first brand new song in 28 years, which samples a Ukrainian musician now on the front line – and expresses ‘disappointment’ in Roger Waters. The song features Nitin Sawhney on keyboard.

    Alexis Petridis

    Thu 7 Apr 2022 11.36 EDT
    Last modified on Fri 8 Apr 2022 23.56 EDT

    A ...

  • Online activism and artistic resistance: Ukraine’s musicians speak out • FRANCE 24 EnglishOnline activism and artistic resistance: Ukraine's musicians speak out • FRANCE 24 English
    Sheltering in their homes in Kyiv and Baryshivka, Ganna from the Dakh Daughters cabaret troupe and rapper Alyona Alyona speak to us about the cultural sector’s role amid the war in Ukraine. The Dakh Daughters’ participation in an upcoming theatre production in France is now hanging in the balance; Ganna tells us why the all-female punk ...
  • DakhaBrakha, a Band From Kyiv, Saw a War ComingDakhaBrakha, a Band From Kyiv, Saw a War Coming
    “We can’t make any music,” the singer and cellist Nina Garenetska said. “This is our life now: An air raid siren goes off.”

    By Laura van Straaten – New York Times
    March 3, 2022, 12:55 p.m. ET

    For years, the Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha has ended its shows chanting, “Stop Putin! No war!” What they had protested has now ...

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

Downloads/Media

Technical Riders:

Quetzal Tech Rider: Downloads (PDF)


Press Photos (high resolution):

 

Save

Save