Rock en espa?ol and Halloween seem to go together like Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie. At least that?s what one would think if you looked at the upcoming local Spanish rock shows in the Greater Los Angeles area in the days leading up to and including Halloween.
It starts Friday, October 28th. If you are in the Inland Empire, you will for sure want to drop by the Main Event in Montclair to catch Nefalim. This band doesn?t get out to the I.E. very often so this is a good opportunity to see a big stage band in a small stage environment. For more info on this show visit http://www.myspace.com/nefalim
If you are within driving distance to downtown L.A. (and who isn?t), you might want to check out an event at Mal?s Bar. Some people call this the Westchester East due to the semi-frequent amount of Spanish rock shows and divey atmosphere. Although divey is not a bad thing, Mal?s Bar is the Latino Cheers for downtown and USC area students. Everyone might not know your name but they know your face. Rocking us into the Halloween weekend is Viva Malpache and Stoic Frame, one of the more commercially successful local acts and part of the Verdad y Justicia assault on the big labels. This show is FREE! For more information go to http://www.myspace.com/stoicframe
Speaking of the Westchester?Saturday October 29, long time local Spanish rock supporters El Calabozo Radio (based out of Long Beach City College) will be having their Costume Benefit Ball at the Westchester Sports Grill & Bar. This show features the Santana of the next Generation, the homies from Boyle Heights, Orgullo Caf?. Not only does it feature them, but hard rocking Afixion, Fitter, Tommy Mora, and the new ?buzz? band, Dragon Secreto. Pretty much something there for everyone. And only $5! What a bargain considering past shows with Orgullo Caf? at this venue have cost as much as $10! For more information on this show go to http://www.rockeros.net/ (it?s their show of the week).
Sunday, there are too many choices. Why are there three shows on a Sunday? Well they are all very different and should appeal to different people who have different reasons to be where they will be. The old L.A. Spanish rock scene elite will more than likely flock to the Knitting Factory for Final 2 of Battle of the Bands with headliner Ely Guerra and Legion, Fronteras, and Roxing Kafe in tow. This is a $22 event. For more information go to http:///www.acamarketing.net
For those who like their Sunday Spanish rock shows intimate and on the west side, MoyArt Entertainment is offering you Flor Veneno, Redka, Luna de Octubre, and Sweet Loop for just $5 at the Bitter Redhead in Santa Monica. For more information call the Bitter Redhead.
For those of you who like it on the Eastside?Pure Underground Entertainment are offering ?Halloween Alterlatino?at Lil Pedro's Blue Bongo on East 1st Street. They bring together former San Diego Miller Lite Battle of the Bands winners Hijos del La Malinche and the present winners, Nefalim. In addition, there is Obscuridad and Insomnio on this bill. What makes this show stand out? Two award wining bands, and one that is destined to win awards ? Insomnio. They are the most energetic and exciting young new band in the scene today. Admission is FREE with costume, $10 without. For more information on this show go to http://www.myspace.com/pure_underground
It all ends on Halloween?at a coffee shop. In case you didn?t make it to see Ely Guerra (pictured) at the Knitting Factory, you can see her at Smart City Grinds in Azusa with Cubiky, Juguete, and Torino. A $20 show but certain to be intimate and unique.
After all this you would think there would be no more time and energy for any more shows but this scene never tires. Wait until you hear who is coming back on Sunday, November 6, 2005.
Camilo Arenivar is a freelance journalist who has been covering the Spanish Rock scene for several years. He also has written movie reviews at Currentlyplaying.com and maintains a blog of his articles at http://camiloj.blogspot.com/