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  • A band of glamorously dressed musicians—some holding stringed instruments—pose around and lean on a sleek, low-riding hot rod.

Las Cafeteras

7:30 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Born and raised in East Los Angeles, the musicians of Las Cafeteras fashion a patchwork quilt of “urgent, relevant music” with infectious live performances.

The contemporary Chicano troubadours mix roots music with Afro-Mexican rhythms and powerful rhymes for a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia, and rock” (Los Angeles Times).

“We sound like we’re from L.A.,” says singer Hector Flores. “There’s a sound, there’s a smell, there’s a taste — and it’s not one thing, it’s a mix.”

The musicians have performed with Mexican musical icons Café Tacuba and Lila Downs; Columbian singer Juanes; hip-hop artist Common; and West Coast legends Ozomatli, Los Lobos, and the LA Phil. The group also has performed for Seattle radio station’s popular web series Live on KEXP, and at festivals such as Bonnaroo and Monterey Jazz.

Las Cafeteras is known for its protest songs and use of traditional instruments to connect cultures and generations. With songs dedicated to United States “Dreamers,” undocumented migrants, and indigenous people being pushed off their land, “Las Cafeteras sing in five distinct languages: English, Spanish, Spanglish, love, and justice,” the band proclaims.

During the Center for the Performing Arts fall 2022 season, the artists conducted a virtual storytelling workshop, “The Sounds of Resistance: From Storytelling to Movement Building.”

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Adult $38
University Park Student $5
18 and Younger $24

support for accessibility services provided by
William E. McTurk Endowment for Program Support
Gerald B. M. Stein Memorial Endowment

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Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with the Penn State Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, the Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance, and the Penn State Educational Equity Equal Opportunity Planning Committee.

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Indigenous Peoples Resistance Day Rally

12:00 pm Monday, October 9, 2023

Old Main Patio


Join members of Las Cafeteras in a celebration and testimonial to the importance of Indigenous Peoples Resistance Day.

The rally will feature short performances by Akwesasne Women Singers and Las Cafeteras, and artists will share their thoughts on what it means to resist from the assembled crowd.

No registration is required.


Presented in collaboration between the Center for the Performing Arts and the Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance


The Feast

7:30 pm Monday, October 9, 2023

Heritage Hall
HUB-Robeson Center

FREE but requires registration

This event has reached capacity and registration is now closed.

Join Indigenous Peoples’ Student Association, Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance, Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, Penn State Student Affairs, and the Center for the Performing Arts in a celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day. The Feast features short performances by Las Cafeteras, Haudenosaunee Elders, and Caliente Dance Company. Food using indigenous recipes will be provided.


support provided by
Meghan R. Mason Program Endowment

Las Cafeteras Songwriting Workshop

12:00 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Dewey Room, Pattee Library, Penn State University Libraries

FREE but requires registration

This event is FREE, but you must register in advance to attend. Complete the registration form.

Denise Carlos from Las Cafeteras will present A People’s History of Music in the United States, a discussion about how music has long been used as a tool to fight oppression and to hope for liberation. The interactive lecture will include parts of a song at the beginning of the session to demonstrate, and will culminate with a writing exercise.

Attendance will be limited to 30 people, and a light lunch will be provided.


Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with Penn State University Libraries, Penn State Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, and Penn State Educational Equity Equal Opportunity Planning Committee

Pre-performance discussion

6:30 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Eisenhower Auditorium

An informal moderated discussion will be offered one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Seating for the pre-performance talk is available on a first-arrival basis.