About Y La Bamba (Created July 5, 2013)
The popular "La Bamba" is a Mexican folk song best known from a 1958 adaptation by Ritchie Valens. But Y La Bamba, on the other hand, began in 2008 with frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza, who wanted her own stage name to play under. So… Y La Bamba? Y Not.
An open mic night at a sake bar in Northeast Portland was the catalyst to kick start Y La Bamba as a group. It was there that Mendoza met Ben Mayercord and the two began playing together. Mike Kitson was later added on drums, and the addition of Eric Shrapel on accordion and Sean Flinn on lead guitar helped to make Y La Bamba the complete package.
It didn't take long before the band attracted a lot of attention in Portland, Oregon. They played PDX Pop Now!, a free annual festival, and were off and running. And while "Alida St.," (a collection of home recordings by Mendoza) was released in December of 2008, it was the band's first full-length album, "Lupon," that had everyone talking in 2010.
Keeping with the calendar in offering a new release every two years, Y La Bamba rolled out "Court the Storm" in 2012. Their haunting second full-length effort helped to draw critical praise from the likes of NPR and Rolling Stone, thanks to lush vocal harmonies and stunning musical arrangements. Six of the songs are mexi-influenced folk Americana, and "Oh February" is said to be one of Y La Bamba's most listenable songs to date.
date city state venue 1/30/2013 Washington DC DAR Constitution Hall 1/31/2013 Upper Darby PA Tower Theater 2/1/2013 New York NY Terminal 5 2/2/2013 New York NY Terminal 5 2/4/2013 Boston MA House of Blues Boston 3/1/2013 Seattle WA The Showbox 3/23/2013 Boise ID Neurolux Lounge 5/19/2013 Portland OR Alberta Rose Theatre 6/16/2013 Portland OR Rontoms 6/23/2013 Denver CO The Walnut Room 6/28/2013 San Francisco CA The Chapel 7/6/2013 Bend OR Les Schwab Amphitheater 9/18/2013 Seattle WA Barboza
date city state venue 7/7/2012 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall 8/22/2012 Austin TX Cactus Cafe 8/23/2012 Houston TX Warehouse Live 8/26/2012 Carrboro NC The ArtsCenter 8/27/2012 Washington DC The Hamilton 8/28/2012 Philadelphia PA World Cafe Live 8/29/2012 Brooklyn NY Knitting Factory 8/30/2012 New York NY Mercury Lounge 8/31/2012 Hudson NY Club Helsinki Hudson 9/1/2012 Cleveland OH Beachland Tavern 9/2/2012 Chicago IL Schubas Tavern 9/5/2012 Minneapolis MN Cedar Cultural Center 9/7/2012 Garden City ID Visual Arts Collective 10/25/2012 Seattle WA The Crocodile 10/26/2012 Vancouver BC The Media Club 11/8/2012 Nevada City CA Haven Underground 11/14/2012 Santa Cruz CA The Crepe Place 11/15/2012 San Francisco CA Amnesia 11/16/2012 San Francisco CA Amnesia 11/17/2012 Santa Rosa CA Arlene Francis Center 11/18/2012 Cottage Grove OR Axe & Fiddle 12/31/2012 Seattle WA Paramount Theatre