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La Linea presents

Orkesta Mendoza + DJ Scratchy

Friday 21 April
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member

In a nutshell

Orkesta Mendoza’s mix of cumbia, mambo, indie and Tex-Mex psychedelia – all in well-cut suits – comes to the UK.

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Orkesta Mendoza is led by Mexican American kingpin Sergio Mendoza, member and co-producer of Tucson music legends Calexico, and arranger and founder member of Mexrrissey.

Born in Nogales, Arizona and raised in Nogales, Sonora, Mendoza now lives back in Arizona. But the music he and his band make isn’t Mexican or American. Blending cumbia and mambo with psychedelic rock, polka, country and electronica, Orkesta Mendoza imagines what Nogales would sound like if the border didn’t exist. In their uniform of black suits and sunglasses, the band look like nothing so much as the Blues Brothers playing at a Day of the Dead party.

The night features an opening set from DJ Scratchy.

What to Expect

Expect an exuberant big band and stomping, brassy dance songs by turns gothic, cinematic, festive and tender.

Who's Involved

Como No founded La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival – in 2001 and has presented this annual event in venues across central London each April since then.

What people are saying

'A brash, widescreen style that would have impressed Phil Spector … Classy and enormous fun.' The Guardian

'Build a wall, Trump: these chicanos will come and dance on top of it.' Songlines

'Simmering slabs of cumbia and mambo, tempered with a folkloric, tex-mex psychedelic edge.' Rhythm Passport

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Things you should know

16+. Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult. If available tickets will cost £3 more than advanced price on the night.

This event is wheelchair accessible.