Hosanna and Noise Beat Propaganda at Culture Beat, Ensenada
Culture Beat on Ensenada's downtown nightlife strip exhibits a similar aesthetic to San Diego's World Beat Center (Rasta/Mayan fusion, happy flowers, a shoddy Marley mural), except it's three stories high and housed inside what looks like a halved aircraft hangar.
The crowd is sparse - Ensenada’s free wine and music celebration, Verbena, is in full swing across town - but the mood is festive. We drink dollar cans of Yerba Mate as a band sets up and Blonde Redhead plays over the sound system.
Fender Guitars quality control overseer and Mexicali native Cesar Esquer, a former Reader album review contributor, organized a two day mini-tour with six bands in Ensenada and Rosarito.
Mexicali indie-psych rockers Hosanna remind of Pavement, Unwound, and Dungen. Observe.
Fellow chicalense (er, Mexicalian) disco punkers Noise Beat Propaganda get the dance floor moving.
Drummer Shyno was also booked to play with two piece X=R7, but bassist Alex Tonella (Tron) wasn’t able to make the trip.
Here’s a video of Hosanna guitarist Shema and Shyno jamming at Shyno’s house in Mexicali a few months ago.
Interested in checking out more of Mexicali’s unique punk/experimental scene?
Here are some noteworthy shows coming to Bar Monaco, the city’s prime venue for music outside of the mainstream.
Saturday, August 20 - Blake Miller of LA dance-punk band Moving Units, Therapist (Calexico/Phoenix)
Saturday, September 3 – Subtitle (LA), Batwings (SD/Mexicali), Sludgebutt (SD), Letters From Readers (Mexicali)
Friday, September 16 – Retox (SD), Batwings, Maniqui Lazer (Mexicali), Noise Beat Propaganda
Saturday, September 17 - 2Up (Japan), Upsilon Acrux (LA), Innerds (SD), Tron (Mexicali) and DJ Monsterpussy (SD) @ Bar El Andariego
More like this:
- Buenasolasfest brings Baja's finest to the beach — May 28, 2013
- Mexicali weirdpunk: Maniqui Lazer and Batwings at The Office — Feb. 22, 2013
- Batwings Catwings, Maniqui Lazer, Therapist, Noise Beat Propaganda @ Bar Monaco, Mexicali — July 23, 2011
- House Show at Casa del Shyno in Mexicali, Mexico — June 26, 2011
- Maniqui Lazer, Batwings, Hot Nerds, THErapist @ Bar Monaco, Mexicali — June 6, 2011