Wed, September 18th

Ani Cordero Album Release Event

latin singer-songwriter TICKETS

Doors 7PM
Show 8PM
Advance Price $15
Door Price $20

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

Tue, September 17th

Thu, September 19th

Fri, September 20th

Ani Cordero Album Release Event

 



Ani Cordero, who has been
celebrated for her significant
contributions to World Music, Latin
Folk, and Indie Rock, announces the
release of her most ambitious project
to date: El Machete (Panapén
Records), a full-length album of deep
emotional range, with songs about
feminism, colonialism, anger, love,
loss, and healing. El Machete refers
to a dream in which Cordero fought
off enemies with a wooden machete,
and references Puerto Rican
resistance group, Los Macheteros, which supports independence for Puerto Rico.
“I’ve always used music as my way of coping with whatever is happening, whether
that be personal or political”, Cordero explains. “The last couple of years have been
pretty dark politically. I watched my beloved Puerto Rico be devastated by Hurricane
Maria, and personally I’ve been fighting through my own storm of anger and loss.
These songs - plus a hefty dose of activism - helped me get to the other side of those
feelings and it’s my hope they will be able to be a lifeline for others who might be
going through their own dark moments.”
There is also a new element present on El Machete: Electronic Production. For the
album, Ani worked with Chilean/French electronic music producer Pablo San Martin.
“Originally, I went to him as a Beat Maker, because I wanted to incorporate electronic
beats for one of the tracks.” Ani enthuses. “But we had so much chemistry, we
decided to make a whole album instead. Pablo is truly a soundscape artist – he adds a
level of depth in his production that makes the album feel huge, as if you can live
inside each song”.
Ani Cordero has a long history of activist and feminist music projects, having played in
groups such as Os Mutantes and Pistolera, and shared bills with artists including La
Santa Cecilia, Making Movies, Combo Chimbita, Los Lobos, Indigo Girls, and Billy
Bragg. She is also co-founder of the organization PRIMA (Puerto Rico Musicians and
Artists) which provided emergency grants after Hurricane Maria and now aims to
highlight and support the work of Puerto Rico’s independent music community and
strengthen its ties with the diaspora.

 

Lester Rey is a versatile soul crooner for a contemporary audience, a fearless wordsmith, and musical innovator. His use of percussion, poetic lyricism, and hypnotizing vocal range has made him a standout solo artist since the release of his debut EP "Blue Lion." His soulful “Promesa” mixtape, captured Latinx political despair and exhibited his ability to effortlessly travel between musical soundscapes. Most recently, “SANTUARIO” is Lester Rey “in the raw” reflecting on vulnerability and revealing his courage to be seen in his most personal project to date and set into motion a new sonic journey. "EPIFANIA," set to be released on August 30th, is a follow up to “SANTUARIO” and displays Lester’s ability to flirt with a variety of rhythms and create something unexpected in an R&B format.
 
 
“Lester Rey makes music he calls the ‘Reinvention of Latin Soul.’ His music, lyrics, and general aesthetic draw on everything from Reggaeton to Rumba, Chillout to Hip Hop, anime to fashion” 
-WBEZ 91.5 
 
"Lester Rey vocalizes an affinity for poetic lyrics and has beautifully extended his love of Latin music by fusing Caribbean and Latin rhythms with elements of Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop which result in mini-hybrids of sounds apt for alternative music lovers and those that like to sway on the dancefloor" 
-Gozamos