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Student Activities Board and Big Events Committee presents our Cinco de Mayo concert featuring Pistolera

PistoleraPistolera is a music group that was founded in 2005 by Mexican-American songwriter Sandra Lilia Velásquez (vocals, guitar). Based in New York City, Pistolera plays a high-powered brand of folky latin pop.  "Cazador," off Pistolera's debut album, *Siempre Hay Salida*,  features an electric combination of traditional Mexican music and rock sounds fronted with Spanish lyrics.

In 2008, Lila Downs invited them to open for her at Town Hall in New York City. That same year they opened for Los Lobos at Massey Hall in Toronto and at The Birchmere in the United States as part of the Mexican Tourism Board and National Geographic Traveler Magazine Series. 

Their 2008 showcase at globalFEST in New York City resulted in invitations to perform at many festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Sfinks Festival (Belgium), Ollin Kan (Mexico), Celebrate Brooklyn (USA), Central Park Summerstage (USA), Ritmo y Color (Canada), The Lake Eden Arts Festival (USA), Lotus Fest (USA) and Roots and Blues Festival (Canada). 

The release of their third album, El Desierto Y La Ciudad, was a sonic departure for the band that earned them praise from the likes of NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and The Village Voice. The album was featured on NPR’s First Listen for which Felix Contreras wrote, “…inventive sense of arrangement, combined with great songwriting, elevates El Desierto y la Ciudad above and beyond its traditional source material.  The album finds the band traveling to new musical destinations,  where polkas cohabit with cumbias, waltzes are smitten with dancehall, ballads find refuge in electronica, and rumbas head to the dance floor hand  in hand with tejano rhythms. Longtime Pistolera fans will be surprised and  delighted. New followers will discover a vital  new musical presence. Career highlights include an invitation to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR office in Washington, D.C.  as well their music being featured on the TV show Breaking Bad. In an interview with Urban Latino magazine, Pistolera described their  sound as "an original combination of ranchera, cumbia, banda and rock."   

Velasquez came up with the band name, because she wanted something that transmitted a  message of both femininity and fierceness.Grammy-winning producer Charlie Dos Santos, whose credits include Marc Anthony, recorded and produced Pistolera's debut album. The CD's lyrics are "charged with positive and revolutionary messages of social, cultural and  feminine empowerment," the band says, as well as "love, loss, immigration,  human and civil rights and other important issues from a perspective of  love versus hate." 

When: May 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Campus Center Courtyard
Student Activities
Student Life
Phone: 735-1800